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Schools and other groups

A really valuable experience, it led to lots of good thinking about science and how people write good books.

Mrs Bridge, The Granville School

Loved the resources and cannot praise the event enough for building confidence and interest in science literature among pupils.

Miss MacGregor, St. Joseph's College

I learned a lot of things I didn’t know before, and it made me realise that I should read more!

Amber 10, Shepherd Primary School

Entries for judging panels

The call for judging panels for 2018 is now closed.

Every year we invite school and youth groups to join our collection of judging panels from across the UK who pick the winner of the Young People's Book Prize.

Over 350 judging panels receive a free set of shortlisted books – it’s a great opportunity to receive six brilliant books aimed at enthusing and exciting children about science.

How does it all work?

An adult panel of judges chooses a shortlist of six brilliant science books written in the previous year. Once these have been picked, we hand over the task of picking a winner to those who know best – young people aged up to 14 across the UK.

Judging panels can be in schools, libraries, science centres or youth groups: participation is open to any groups who are able to read and discuss the shortlist and vote for what they think is the best book.

Each judging panel mirrors the short-listing panel, electing their own Chair, holding judging meetings, discussing the merits of each book and submitting their vote and comments. All participating groups have an equal say in deciding the winner.

Each group receives a judging pack with all the information they need to take part. The results from all the groups are then collated by us to determine the winner.

We ask that each judging panel is overseen by a responsible adult, who will ensure the judges provide their decision, and supporting comments and information to us.

Do you have questions for our shortlisted authors?

Over on our Scribbles blog we host an Ask the Author and we need your questions. If you've wondered how they came up with the idea of their book, how they became an author in the first place or any other questions for our authors, send them to sciencebooks@royalsociety.org.

Watch our short video to see some of the judging panels in action: