The Young People's Book Prize aims to promote literacy in young people and inspire them to read about science. It also supports the writing of excellent, accessible STEM books for under-14s. Each year, the winner is selected by judging panels made up of thousands of young people at schools across the UK from a shortlist selected by an adult panel.

A shortlisting panel made up of scientists, a BAFTA-winning TV presenter and NHS doctor, a teacher, and children’s author has whittled down dozens of titles to six of the year’s most fascinating books which can be seen below.

‘But now it’s over to the scrutinising eyes of our young judges, drawn from over 600 schools, science centres, and community groups from across the UK, to read and declare their champion.’

2023 Winner

Space scientist and host of BBC’s Sky at Night, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, was crowned as the winner of the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2023 for Am I Made of Stardust? Dr Maggie Answers the Big Questions for Young Scientists

The announcement was made at a ceremony at Techniquest science discovery centre in Cardiff, where local schools and student judges met shortlisted authors and took part in science activities.  

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