Six shortlisted as Royal Society kids' book prize returns

A guide to astronomy and a pop-up guide to how the world works are among the shortlisted titles for the first Royal Society Young People's Book Prize in three years.

The £10,000 prize was not awarded between 2008 and 2010 due to funding difficulties but has returned this year thanks to an anonymous donor. The winning book will be selected by groups of young people from more than 100 schools and youth groups.

The prize celebrates the best books that communicate science to young people aged up to 14. Professor Michael Lockwood, chair of the judging panel, said: "These books cover a huge range of science . . . but they all have one thing in common, making science exciting, fun and accessible to younger readers."

The six shortlisted books:
 
The Icky Sticky Blood and Snot Book by Steve Alton and Nick Sharratt (Bodley Head)
 
What's the Point of Being Green? by Jacqui Bailey (Franklin Watts)
 
How the World Works by Christiane Dorion and illustrated by Beverly Young (Templar Publishing)
 
What Mr Darwin Saw by Mick Manning and Brita Granström (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)
 
The Story of Astronomy and Space (Usborne)
 
What Goes On In My Head by Robert Winston (Dorling Kindersley)