We are thrilled to discover we had been shortlisted for the Young People’s Book Prize. The award promotes literacy for children and strives to inspire young readers to read about science. We are geeking out about being part of it.
Why we love the Young people’s book prize
This great award celebrates accessible STEM books for under 14’s. It has a collection of diverse texts which explore STEM concepts from programming, to inventors, to the wonders of the night sky. There are so many excellent books to inspire and create curious minds.
Who selected the shortlist?
The shortlist was decided by an expert adult panel who meet to talk about their favourite science books released in the previous year. The panel was chaired by volcano scientist Professor Katharine Cashman FRS. Also on the panel was BBC broadcaster Gabby Logan, award-winning author Sharna Jackson, chemist Andy Jupp and teacher Robin James.
What other books have been shortlisted?
A huge congratulations to all the other fantastic nominees.
Now we wait. Following the six books being selected it gets handed over to the readers. The winner will be announced in February 2022 after being decided by 11,500 amazing young people from across the UK. We’re keeping all our digits crossed.
What they said about the book?
We were so proud of these very kind words we received from award-winning author Sharna Jackson, who said: “This book is a great example of excellent storytelling and wonderful characters. The tech elements are told in such a creative, inventive way. It’s important for girls of all backgrounds to be encouraged to take part in science.”
So, watch this space and in the meantime why not check out the fantastic free STEM resources on the Royal Society’s website. These brilliant activities are based around last years shortlisted books, The resources include experiments and activities that are all easy to run and require minimal equipment. And as if that wasn’t enough they also showcase how maths, science and computing are applied in the real world. Sounds mega fun to us.