Is your book group looking for another children’s book award to be involved with?

YPBP-logo801Each year the Royal Society awards a prize to the best book that communicates science to young people. The prize, the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize, aims to inspire young people to read about science and promotes the best science writing for the under-14s.

All of the entries for the 2014 prize have now been collected and an adult panel will select the best six books to make up the shortlist.

The winner will be selected from the shortlist by its intended audience: groups of young people from across the UK.

There is still (just) time for your children’s book group to get involved with the judging. Judging panels can be in schools, libraries, science centres or youth groups: participation is open to any groups who are able to read and discuss the shortlist and vote for what they think is the best book.

Become a judging panel for 2014 by registering online before Monday 28 April 2014.

Thanks to the generosity of the publishers, the Royal Society is able to offer 75 groups a set of the shortlisted books to allow them to form judging panels. Panels who do not receive a set of the books from the Royal Society are welcome to take part in the process if they can access the shortlisted books from elsewhere.

Each judging panel mirrors the short-listing panel, electing their own Chair, holding judging meetings, discussing the merits of each book and submitting their vote and comments. All participating groups have an equal say in deciding the winner. Each group receives a judging pack and participation certificates for each of the judges taking part. The results from all the groups are then collated by the Royal Society to determine the winner.

The Royal Society ask that each judging panel is overseen by a responsible adult, who will ensure the judges provide their decision, and supporting comments and information to them.

Copies of the shortlist and judging pack will be sent out to selected groups following the announcement of judging panels on Monday 19 May 2014.

For more information, or any questions please email sciencebooks@royalsociety.org or visit https://royalsociety.org/awards/young-people/judging-panels/

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