Six science books for children shortlisted for Royal Society prize

The Royal Society has released its shortlist of the six best science books for children, giving young people around the UK the chance to choose their winner


Every year, UK publishers are invited to submit their best science books for under-14s to the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize, which searches for the top new releases getting young readers interested in science and the natural world.

An adult judging panel made up of scientists, teachers and writers whittle the shortlist down to their top six and then challenge more than 1,000 youngsters in schools, book clubs and community centres to pick the best.

This year's contenders include an illustrated book of animals, facts about space such as the cost of an intergalactic toilet, a guide to creating sticky slime at home, an introduction to the wonders of geology, a treasure trove of scientific facts about the body, and a first look at data in science.

Chair of the judges Professor Christl Donnelly FMedSci FRS said: "The judging panel and I were looking for books that made you want to pick them up, read them, look at them again and tell all your friends about them but out of all those, we've chosen the six best books and are excited to see what the children judges will make of them."

The winner of the prize will be announced in November.

The shortlist is as follows:

:: A First Book Of Animals by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Petr Horacek

:: 100 Things To Know About Space by Alex Frith, Alice James and Jerome Martin, illustrated by Shaw Nielsen and Federico Mariani

:: Home Lab by Robert Winston

:: This Little Pebble by Anna Claybourne, illustrated by Sally Garland

:: The Awesome Body Book by Adam Frost

:: If... A Mind-Bending Way Of Looking At Big Ideas And Numbers by David J Smith, illustrated by Steve Adams

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