The Literacy Club help choose the UK’s top science book for young people

We have been selected to be part of the 2019 judging panel for the Royal Society!

Dear Panel Leader,

Thank you for your application to form a judging panel for the Royal Society’s Young People’s Book Prize 2019. We are delighted to inform you that you have been selected as an official panel and will receive judging materials and a set of the shortlisted books for free!

We are looking forward to working with you and hope that you are as excited to get started as we are.

The shortlist for 2019 will be announced in the coming weeks and your judging packs should be arriving at the address you provided in your application form from the end of May.  

We took part in the 2015 judging panel for the Royal Society!

The children have really enjoyed carefully reviewing and judging the books.

The shortlist of 6 books is shown here

These books are all now available to borrow from the Literacy Club library.

The book selected as the winner by the judging panel was:

 365 Science Activities published by Usborne.

The panel have submitted their decision - and their thoughtful comments on all six books - to the Royal Society and are eagerly awaiting their certificates!

2012 Message from the Royal Society:

Dear judging panel,


Thank you for all your work in selecting your winner. 

After much collation, the overall prize winner has now been decided, and was announced at a ceremony here at the Royal Society. 

The winner of the 2012 Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize is Science Experiments by Robert Winston and Ian Graham (published by Dorling Kindersley).

14 children from The Literacy Club helped to choose the winner of this year’s Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious awards for science writing. The winning book was actually the same book chosen and voted for by our pupils!

We were one of 75 schools and clubs chosen to become one of the judging panels - and the only one from across Birmingham and Solihull.

The winning book was picked from a shortlist chosen with the help of an expert adult panel of educationalists and scientists.

The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize celebrates the very best in science writing for children

and young adults and previous winners have included the How the world works by Christiane Dorion

and Beverley Young (2011), Can you feel the force? by Richard Hammond (2007), the Eden Project’s

book, The Global Garden by Kate Petty, Jennie Maizels and Corina Fletcher (2006), What Makes Me,

Me? by Robert Winston (2005) and Really Rotten Experiments by Nick Arnold & Tony De Saulles


The Prize is worth £10,000 to the winning author and £1,000 to the author of each shortlisted title.

The winner of the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize will be announced towards the end of the


The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize did not take place in 2008 - 2010 due to funding issues but

has been re-established in 2012 thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor.

The six books read and shortlisted by the Year 5 judging panel are:

· How the Weather Works by Christiane Dorion

· Out of this World: All the Cool Bits about Space by Clive Gifford

· Plagues Pox And Pestilence by Richard Platt

· Science Experiments by Robert Winston

· See Inside: Inventions by Alex Frith

· The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins, illustrated by Dave McKean

These books are now available to all Literacy Club children to borrow, as part of our usual borrowing library.

The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine. The Society’s fundamental purpose, as it has been since its foundation in 1660, is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

The Society’s strategic priorities emphasise its commitment to the highest quality science, to curiosity-driven

research, and to the development and use of science for the benefit of society.