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Idsall Chosen to Judge Royal Society’s Young People’s Book Prize

Listen to our students' reviews.

Every year the Royal Society invites school and youth groups to join their collection of judging panels from across the UK to pick the winner of the Young People's Book Prize. We were lucky to be one of the 200 judging panels to receive a free set of shortlisted books – it was a great opportunity to receive six brilliant books aimed at enthusing and exciting children about science. 

Three of the books were aimed at younger children (If…, A first book of Animals and This Little Pebble) but the depth of information in these books was fascinating. Awesome Body, Home Lab and 100 Things To Know About Space were aimed at KS3 pupils. The quality of the writing and of the facts made these three books particularly absorbing.

This year the shortlisted books were reviewed by:

  • Jason: "A fascinating insight into Space. I was amazed that PhD student Celia Payne’s discovery that the sun was mainly Hydrogen and not rock or metal was credited by her Professor to himself and not her."
  • Joe: "My favourite page showed the sizes of the planets compared to each other. For younger children 5+"
  • Tabitha: "A hummingbird (the smallest bird, the size of a bee) can fit in the eye of an ostrich (the largest bird).  Some of the vocabulary is a bit tricky, and so it’s for children who are 8+."
  • Joe: "This was a tremendous read. It was packed full of wacky, disgusting and hilarious facts. 5/5"
  • Tom: "It’s an amazing book. I loved trying some of the experiments at home."
  • Mrs H: "My favourite word was Grauwacke – a type of sandstone. It comes from Germany, Grau - Grey  + Wacke – Rock."

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