Six books, including titles published by Usborne and Walker Books, are on the shortlist for this year’s Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize.
The prize is for the best books that communicate science to children aged up to 14. Walker’s Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes, by Nicola Davies is on the shortlist, as is Usborne’s 365 Science Activities, by various authors.
Also on the shortlist are: Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Brian Biggs (Amulet); Jake’s Bones by Jake McGowan-Lowe (Octopus Books); Night Sky Watcher by Raman Prinja (QED Publishing); and Utterly Amazing Science by professor Robert Winston (DK).
Professor John Burland, chair of the judges and a fellow of the Royal Society, said: “We think the shortlist has enough in it to interest young people from all sides. These books will definitely make science accessible to people who might feel that it’s not.
“It was important to the judges that the shortlist cover the full spectrum of science and exemplified what makes it so exciting – the shortlist definitely delivers on that aim.”
The winning book will now be chosen by children at 100 schools and youth groups in the UK and will be announced in November.
Last year the winner of the prize was Eye Benders: The Science of Seeing and Believing by Clive Gifford (Ivy).