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Past winners and shortlisted books

Prize winner 2016

The winner of the Young People’s Book Prize 2016 is How Machines Work by David Macaulay.

How Machines Work book cover

The winner was chosen by over 1,500 young people in Judging Panels around the country and the Prize was presented at an award ceremony in Cardiff in front of local judging panels and shortlisted authors. 

What did the judges think?

Jenny, 9: I loved this book - it's the best book I've read. I did loads of the activities and love sitting with my friends and playing with the seesaw with the teddy on it.

Atiyaah, 12: An interesting book to read about machines a topic which is quite hard for me to understand.

Allegra, 10: Interesting, funny and good pictures. It is clear, but really scientific as well.

What did the adult judging panel think?

“This book isn’t just dry pages about what engineering is. It’s a very exciting story about a sloth that has to get somewhere and in order to get to where he’s going; he has to build levers, he has to build bridges. Each of the pages is about how he designs a solution to a problem - just what an engineer must do.”

Shortlist 2016

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.