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The Young People's Book Prize

The Young People's Book Prize aims to promote literacy in young people and to inspire them to read about science. It also supports the writing of excellent, accessible STEM books for under-14s.

We are delighted to announce this year’s shortlist, from inspiring inventors in past and present history and the incredible world of plants, to the wonders of the night sky, discover the full list below.


The 2021 shortlist

The shortlist was selected by an adult judging panel, chaired by volcano scientist Katharine Cashman FRS, and featuring BBC broadcaster Gabby Logan, award-winning author Sharna Jackson, teacher Robin James and chemist Andy Jupp.

Now it’s over to the scrutinising eyes of over 11,500 young judges, drawn from 537 schools, science centres, and community groups from across the UK, to read and declare their champion. The winner will be announced at an award ceremony in February 2022. 

Find out more about how your school can become a judging panel.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at

About the prize

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