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The Young People's Book Prize

Logo for the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2023

The Young People's Book Prize aims to promote literacy in young people and inspire them to read about science. It also supports the writing of excellent, accessible STEM books for under-14s. Each year, the winner is selected by judging panels made up of thousands of young people at schools across the UK from a shortlist selected by an adult panel.

Schools and youth groups can get involved with the Prize. The call for judging panels is now open until 30 September 2023.

Meet the adult judging panel for 2023

Portraits of the 5 members of the shortlisting panel for the 2023 Young People's Book Prize. From left to right they are: Dr Ranj Singh, Jennifer Love, Maya Gabrielle Leonard, Dr Ryan Cooke and Professor Usha Goswami CBE FRS.

Judges for the prize, an annual celebration of the best science books for under-14s, will include Dr Ranj Singh, NHS paediatrician and TV presenter and co-creator of BBC’s BAFTA-winning Get Well Soon, as well as bestselling author and plastics campaigner, MG Leonard.

They will be joined by cosmologist, Dr Ryan Cooke, who investigates the chemical elements created immediately after the Big Bang, and primary school teacher Jennifer Love, who is committed to leaving her students with a lifelong love of STEM subjects.

The panel will be chaired by Professor Usha Goswami CBE, Fellow of the Royal Society and developmental neuroscientist who explores musical interventions for people with dyslexia and other speech and language difficulties.

The shortlist they choose will be announced in November 2023.

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