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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. The Prize is unique in that the winner is selected by judging panels made up of young people at schools across the country from a shortlist curated by an adult judging panel. 

The 2020 adult judging panel

This year's adult judging panel includes the Waterstones Children’s Laureate and author-illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon books, Cressida Cowell, and former Blue Peter presenter turned children’s writer Konnie Huq. The panel is chaired by seismologist and Royal Society Fellow Professor Mike Kendall, who studies the movements in the Earth, from its core to its crust, that cause earthquakes and volcanoes. The panel is completed by special educational needs coordinator and teacher from the Isle of Wight, Gail Eagar, and Royal Society Research Fellow Professor Rosalind Rickaby, who studies how the Earth’s chemistry has shaped the evolution of life.

Find out more about this year's panel.

The Young People's Book Prize shortlist panel 2020. From left to right: Cressida Cowell, Gail Eagar, Konnie Huq, Mike Kendall FRS and Rosalind Rickaby

 If you have any questions, please reach out to us at sciencebooks@royalsociety.org.

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About the prize

The 2019 shortlist

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