The shortlist has been announced for the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2017.
The prize, run by the Royal Society, celebrates the best books that communicate science to young people. Each year an expert panel of adult judges choose a shortlist of their favourite science books from entries submitted by publishers.
- A First Book of Animals by Nicola Davis, illustrated by Petr Horácek (Walker books)
A spellbinding treasury of poems about the animal world, illustrated in breathtaking detail. Polar bears playing on the ice, tigers hunting in the jungle, fireflies twinkling in the evening sky and nightingales singing in the heart of the woods - there are animals everywhere. This book is a glorious celebration of life in the wild in all its variety and splendour.
- 100 Things to Know About Space by Alex Frith, Alice James and Jerome Martin, illustrated by Shaw Nielsen and Federico Mariani (Usborne Publishing Ltd)
A fun and informative book packed with 100 fascinating things to know about space, from how to escape a black hole to why astronauts learn wilderness survival skills. With bright, infographic-style illustrations, detailed facts on every page, a glossary and index, and internet links to specially selected websites for more information.
- Home Lab by Robert Winston (DK)
Discover 28 brilliant science experiments in your own home. Whether you want to stir up some sticky slime, build a solar system with rubber bands, power a speed boat using soap, or construct an erupting volcano! With step-by-step instructions, using everyday ingredients that can be found around the house, this is perfect for budding scientists and crafters.
- This Little Pebble by Anna Claybourne, illustrated by Sally Garland (Hachette Children's Group)
It starts with a child finding a small, forgotten pebble in his pocket. This simple premise launches a journey to explore what rocks are, where they come from and how fundamental they are to life on Earth. It explores topics as fascinating and as wide-ranging as Earth's formation, the rock cycle, volcanoes and earthquakes, where precious stones come from and what fossils are.
- The Awesome Body Book by Adam Frost (Bloomsbury Children's Books)
Do you want to learn more about your body and how it works? Answer questions like: how long are your intestines? How many mites live in your eyelashes? Do all adults wear clean underwear? And much more! From the disgusting to the hilarious, you can discover weird and wacky facts about your body with this awesome and brilliantly illustrated book.
- If... A Mind-Bending Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers by David J Smith, illustrated by Steve Adams (Hachette Children's Books)
Some things are so big or so old that it is hard to wrap your mind around them. In this book, we look at hard-to-imagine objects and events and compare them to things we can instantly see, feel and touch. For example, if the Sun were the size of a grapefruit, the Earth would be the size of a grain of salt. It is wonderful new way of seeing the world and a fascinating way of understanding numbers and big ideas.
Choosing a winner
Now the fun starts: the adult judges will hand over the task of picking a winner to groups of young people under 14 across the UK. These groups are from schools, libraries, Scouts and Brownies, science centres or youth groups. They form their own judging panels, then read and discuss the books over the summer. Once they've made their decisions, they will submit their verdict to the Royal Society; together they will decide the winner, who will be announced in November.
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Find out more about the prize on the Royal Society website.
Take a look at the winning book from 2016, How Machines Work by David Macaulay (DK).