Six titles have made the shortlist for this year's Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize celebrating the best science books for children.
Quirk Books has been shortlisted for Kid Scientists by David Stabler, illustrated by Anoosha Syed alongside Planetarium by Raman Prinja, illustrated by Chris Wormell (Big Picture Press) and 100 Things to Know About Numbers, Computers & Coding written by Alice James, Eddie Reynolds, Minna Lacey, Rose Hall and Alex Frith, illustrated by Federico Mariani, Parko Polo and Shaw Nielsen (Usborne Publishing).
Science Makers: Making with States of Matter by Anna Claybourne (Wayland), The Bacteria Book by Steve Mould (Dorling Kindersley) and The Element in the Room written by Mike Barfield, illustrated by Lauren Humphrey (Laurence King) round off the shortlist.
Now judges have finalised the shortlist, young readers across the UK will decide on the overall winner of the prize with 10,000 young readers taking part in the final decision, drawn from over 450 schools, science centres, reading clubs, community groups, Scouts and Brownies. The winner will be announced in November 2019.
Chair of the 2019 judges, Professor Sheila Rowan FRS, said: “The most memorable part of being chair was the opportunity to see such a spectrum of wonderful science books and having the chance to engage with them—and they were truly engaging, hands-on…and beautiful. Given such a longlist, it was extraordinarily difficult to choose the final six. If the panel had had their way, I know it would have been a much longer shortlist. Now, the children who are making up the next and final judging panel across the UK have an even more difficult job. They have to choose just one book: the winner. My advice? See what you think, see how engaged you feel, and pick the book you would really like to take home.”
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