Winner of Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize and shortlist for Educational Writers Award #NNFN

On Monday it was announced that Eye Benders by Clive Gifford has been voted winner of the 2014 Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize by schoolchildren and youth groups from across the UK.

The book explains the science behind mind-boggling optical illusions and how they can be used to trick your brain in many different ways.

Clive Gifford and his award winning book

Clive Gifford and his award winning book

Here’s what some of the judges had to say:

Oisin, aged 11 said: “This book is awesomeness condensed onto a page. I’ve always been interested in illusions and all kinds of magic tricks, but what makes this book really great is that it explains the science, I found that really interesting.

Kate, aged 11, said: “The most exciting science book I’ve ever read. It is amazing.

Ranjot, aged 10, said: “This is just a brilliant book. We all wanted to try out the different eye bending experiments. The best book to look at and get involved with.

Professor James Hough FRS, chair of the judges, said:

‘Eye Benders’ is an enthralling book which captivates children (and adults) from primary school age upwards. Everyone reacts to the illusions in a different way and this plays a strong part in why the book is so popular!

The prize was awarded at a ceremony at the Centre for Life in Newcastle on Monday afternoon. Before the prize was awarded local schools had the opportunity to take part in science workshops themed around each of the books.

Creating puzzles of mind-boggling optical illusions.

Creating puzzles of mind-boggling optical illusions.

The book was judged was chosen from a shortlist of six by over 1000 young people from 120 schools and youth groups across the UK. Next year there will be the opportunity for local FCBG groups to get involved in the voting process – more details will be published on the FCBG blog in the new year.

Tuesday this week saw the shortlist for the Educational Writers Award 2014 announced. This award, run by the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) and the Society of Authors (SoA), celebrates educational writing that “inspires creativity and encourages students to read widely and build up their understanding of a subject beyond the requirements of exam specifications”, and focusses on books aimed at children and teenagers aged between 11 and 18.

The shortlist consists of:

  • Keep Your Cool: How to Deal with Life’s Worries and Stress (Franklin Watts) by Dr Aaron Balick and illustrated by Clotilde Szymanski
  • Mission: Explore FOOD (Can of Worms) by The Geography Collective, illustrated by Tom Morgan-Jones
  • The Danger Zone: Avoid Being Sir Isaac Newton! (Book House) by Ian Graham and illustrated by David Antram

  • and

  • The World in Infographics: Animal Kingdom (Wayland) by Jon Richards & Ed Simkins

  • This year’s judges are teacher Vanessa Casey; school librarian Aidan Higgins; and author Anne Rooney.

    The winner of the 2014 Educational Writers’ Award will be announced at the All Party Writers Group (APWG) Winter Reception at the House of Commons on Tuesday 2nd December and will receive a cheque for £2,000

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