The shortlist for Young People’s Book Prize 2021 has launched children across the UK on a quest to meet inventors in past and present history, find answers to science’s hardest questions and discover new forms of life, from the incredible world of plants to the wonders of the night sky.
This year, a record-breaking 537 UK schools, science clubs and groups have taken up the challenge of judging this year’s prize. Over 11,500 young judges have poured over the pages full of action, adventure and atoms and have now declared their winner.
This year's award ceremony hosted by BAFTA-winning TV presenter Lindsey Russell is an excellent occasion to meet the authors and discover this year’s winner. Don’t forget to grab a pen and paper as your knowledge of the shortlisted books will also be put to test in our brand-new Young People’s Book Prize Big Quiz!
The Young People’s Book Prize is made possible thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor. Discover more about the Prize here.
The authors and illustrators joining the event were:
- Rose Hall, 100 Things to Know About Saving the Planet
- Ruth Brocklehurst, 100 Things to Know About Saving the Planet
- Sophie Deen, Agent Asha: Mission Shark Bytes
- Stefanie Posavec, I Am a Book. I Am a Portal to the Universe.
- Miriam Quick, I Am a Book. I Am a Portal to the Universe.
- Michael Holland, I Ate Sunshine for Breakfast
- Philip Giordano, I Ate Sunshine for Breakfast
- Robert Winston, Inventors
- Lisa Harvey-Smith, Under the Stars
- Mel Matthews, Under the Stars