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Past winners and shortlisted books

Planetarium: Welcome to the Museum by astrophysicist Raman Prinja and artist Chris Wormell was chosen by children as the winning book for the 2019 Royal Society’s Young People’s Book Prize. The prize was awarded at a ceremony hosted by Blue Peter and CBBC's Lindsey Russell at the National Science and Media Museum, Bradford

What did the judges think? 

Sam, Age 9, “It is a really informative book with amazingly beautiful illustrations about the solar system…I think I will plead to my mum and dad for a copy!”

Aberdour Primary School student, Age 11, “There were some very good pictures. It made me feel like I was there, like it was actually happening and I was in the moment.”

Ava, Age 11, “We loved this book the most. It is so beautiful and if you are having a sad day it makes you feel better just looking at the pictures.”

What did the adult judging panel think?

Professor Michael Rosen, said, “Planetarium is a book that takes you into space in a way that mixes art and science. It invites the eye into space and the study of space in what is a distinctive painterly way, full of mood and feeling. Alongside the lush art work, we are given solidly scientific mini-essays for older readers telling us, for example that the 'Sun wobbles back and forth, due to gravitational tugs mainly from Jupiter and Saturn.' The Sun wobbles? Really? Yes it does. It's a great book for peering into and poring over whether as a child, a teen or in groups, schools, or in families. A worthy winner!'”

Professor Sheila Rowan FRS, said, “Planetarium is a truly stunning book that makes science exciting for all ages, blending art and fascinating descriptions to help communicate the wonder of the universe. Its mix of beautiful illustrations and inspiring science makes it a very worthy winner.”

View a full list of past winners and shortlisted books.

The 2019 shortlist

Recent winners

Gianni Sarcone and Marie-Jo Waeber: Optical Illusions (2018)

Robert Winston: 'Home Lab' (2017)

David Macaulay: 'How Machines Work' (2016)

Robert Winston: Utterly Amazing Science (2015)

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