Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize

Christchurch City Libraries lists literary prize winners and links to catalogue searches, but we may not hold copies of all titles mentioned.

The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize celebrates the best books that communicate science to young people under 14 years of age. The prize is worth ₤10,000 to the winning author and ₤1,000 to each of the shortlisted authors.

In 1988 and 1989 the prize was known as the “Science Books Prize Junior Prize”; from 1990-2000 it was known as the “Rhône-Poulenc Prize for Science Books Junior Prize”; from 2001-2006 it was known as the “Aventis Prize for Science Books Junior Prize”; and in 2007 and 2008 as the “Royal Society Prize for Science Books Junior Prize”.

See more kids' literary prize winners.

2017

Home lab Robert Winston

2016

How Machines Work David Macaulay.

2015

Utterly amazing science Robert Winston

2014

Eye benders: the science of seeing and believing Clive Gifford

2013

Look inside space Rob Lloyd Jones

2012

Cover of Science ExperimentsScience experiments Robert Winston and Ian Graham

2011

How the world works Christiane Dorion and Beverley Young

2010

Prize not awarded

2009

Prize not awarded

2008

cover: Big book of Science Things to Make and DoBig book of science things to make and do Rebecca Gilpin, Leonie Pratt and illustrator Josephine Thompson.

2007

Can you feel the force? Richard Hammond

2006

The global garden Kate Petty, Jennie Maizels and Corina Fletcher

2005

What makes me me? Robert Winston

2004

Really rotten experiments Nick Arnold, illustrated by Tony De Saulles

2003

Cover of Guide to the OceansDK Guide to the oceans Dr Frances Dipper

2002

DK Guide to the human body Richard Walker

2001

DK Guide to weather Michael Allaby

2000

DK Guide to space Peter Bond

1999

The Usborne complete book of the microscope Kirsteen Rogers

1998

The Kingfisher book of oceans David Lambert

1997

Cover: Ugly BugsHorrible Science series: Blood bones and body bits and Ugly bugs Nick Arnold

1996

The world of weather Chris Maynard

1995

The most amazing pop-up science book Jay Young

1994

1993

Mighty microbes Thompson Yardley

1992

The amazing voyage of the cucumber sandwich Peter Rowan

1991

Cells are us and Cell wars Fran Balkwill and Mic Rolph

1990

Under-14

Starting Point Science Series:
What makes a flower grow?/What makes it rain?/What’s under the ground?/Where does electricity come from? Susan Mayes

Under-8

The giant book of space Ian Ridpath

1989

The way things work David Macauley and Neil Ardley

1988

Science alive - living things Robin Kerrod

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