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 2023 the 2022 Award will be voted for, and announced.


If the world were 100 people

McCann, Jackie ISBN: 9781405298070

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A thought-provoking introduction for children to the people who live on our planet. There are almost 8 billion humans living on Earth, but it's tricky to picture so many people! So instead, let's imagine the whole planet is a village where 100 people live - each person representing around 80 million people in the real world.

In this fantastic book big ideas are broken into bitesize chunks through clever illustration and graphic design.

By focussing on just 100 people, it's easier to see the things we have in common, and the things that make us unique.

If the World Were 100 People is a perfect introduction about the world we live in for children aged 5+ and a wonderful way to support them in becoming global citizens.

- 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.