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Past winners and shortlisted books

Prize winner 2017

The winner of the Young People’s Book Prize 2017 is Robert Winston’s book Home Lab.

The winner was chosen by over 3000 young people in judging panels around the country and the Prize was presented at an award ceremony in Glasgow in front of local judging panels and shortlisted authors. 

What did the judges think?

Faith, age 8 “Brilliant. I'm going to try all these at home. I've already asked my mum and dad to get me this book.”

Taha, age 7 "I can’t wait to try out all the amazing experiments in this amazing book - especially since it was written by a famous scientist!" 

Juliet, age 11, “I loved this book because it has amazing pictures and detailed instructions to create exciting experiments.” 

Mohammed, age 6 "I like the page that tells you how to make paper aeroplanes. It's really cool." 

Ella, age 10 “It's absolutely amazing and every time I turn a page, it never lets me down! I liked it so much that I went out and bought a copy of my own with my pocket money.” 

Kieran, age 13 “According to me, I would say that this book is very good for children who may have a lot of spare time since it is packed full of home experiments and things to make. I like how the book has illustrations/ pictures that go with the steps as it helps you to understand the experiment and follow along with ease. It is certainly a book for keen young scientists.”

Emily: “The best bit about this book is that any age can use it. Even little children can because their parents can help them read it and they will have fun too as they can do the experiments. I wish I had this book because I love to do experiments at home and this would show me how.”

Michael, age 13 “Very interesting! Lots of experiments to suit everyone!  Science club is now going to be so much fun!”

What did the adult judging panel think?

Judge Martin Chilton, said: “Home Lab is a good example of science not just being a theoretical study, but it’s actually for kids to get their hands stuck in, ask questions and find out what’s going on. There are wonderful experiments in this which I’ve done with the school children I work with and they’ve really enjoyed them. I think it’s very important to show that science isn’t just done in a laboratory, it isn’t just studied at university – actually you can do it yourself with simple materials.

Shortlist 2017

Recent winners

Robert Winston: Utterly Amazing Science (2015)

Clive Gifford: 'Eye Benders: the science of seeing and believing' (2014)

Rob Lloyd Jones: 'Look Inside Space' (2013)

Robert Winston and Ian Graham: 'Science Experiments' (2012)

View a full list of past winners and shortlisted books.