Inspire young people to read about the exciting world of science

© The Royal Society Winning author Rob Lloyd Jones collecting the 2013 Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize at last year’s award ceremony.

© The Royal Society
Winning author Rob Lloyd Jones collecting the 2013 Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize at last year’s award ceremony.

If your child is a member of an after school club, reading group, or any other type of youth group, the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science, would like to invite them to help to judge the winner of this year’s Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize, which celebrates the best books that communicate science to young people aged up to 14.

The books may be factual or fictional, just as long as they make science exciting – no textbooks or encyclopaedias will be allowed!  Publishers across the UK have been submitting their best recent books that communicate science to young people and an adult judging panel will narrow down the choice to a shortlist of six books.  Following that, groups of young people will discuss the books and collectively select the winner. Participation is open to any group of young people that is able to read and discuss the shortlist and recommend their choice for who should win.

Groups who are selected to take part in the judging will receive a complete set of the six shortlisted books for them to read, discuss and vote for their favourite book.  Each group’s entry will then be sent back to the Royal Society, who will count up the votes and announce the overall winner in late 2014.  75 groups will be selected to receive a complete set of the shortlisted books free; however, if your group isn’t selected to receive a set of books, you can still participate if you’re able to buy the books yourself.  Please note that the prize is open to groups only and applications from individuals cannot be accepted.

Applications from groups to participate in the judging process must be received by Monday 28 April 2014. If you would like to enter on behalf of a youth group or other club, please visit http://royalsociety.org/sciencebooks/young-people/judges/

Previous prize winners have included Look inside space by Rob Lloyd Jones, Science Experiments by Robert Winston & Ian Graham and Can you feel the force? by Richard Hammond.  The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize did not take place in 2008 – 2010 due to funding issues but restarted in 2011 thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor.

Posted by Tracy Thomas

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