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Royal Society Young People's Book Prize

The Young People's Book Prize aims to promote literacy in young people and to inspire them to read about science. It also supports the writing of excellent, accessible STEM books for under-14s. We are delighted to announce this year’s shortlist, from inspiring inventors in past and present history and the incredible world of plants, to the wonders of the night sky, discover the full list below.

The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize is awarded for the previous year, for example, in 2022 the 2021 Award will be voted for, and announced.


I am a book. I am a portal to the universe

Posavec, Stefanie ISBN: 9780241408759

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Hello. I am a book. But I'm also a portal to the universe. I have 112 pages, measuring 20cm high and wide. I weigh 450g. And I have the power to show you the wonders of the world. Lift me up to the sky, rest me on your lap, drop me from a height, wear me as a hat. Together, through data, we'll uncover the stories hidden in the everyday. How long is an anteater's tongue? How tiny is the DNA in your cells? How fast is gold mined? How loud is the sun? And how many stars have been born and exploded in the time you've taken to read this sentence? Hold me in your hands and let me show you what I'm made of - and what waits for you in the corners of our awe-inspiring universe.

- Browns Books Synopsis

An expert adult judging panel meet in April each year to choose a shortlist of their favourite science books written in the previous year. Once the six best books have been selected we hand over the task of picking a winner to those who know best – groups of young people aged up to 14 across the UK.