The society has an excellent book prize to promote science books for children and this year I was invited to be one of the judges to draw up a shortlist of six titles which will then be voted on by panels of kids from 150 schools. Being part of The 2016 Young People's Book Award was a terrific experience and I really enjoyed the whole process.
At the start I was sent two big boxes of 45 science books to read. Wow, there are some wonderful non-fiction authors and illustrators out there! It was tremendously hard trying to pick the best but I found three that I thought were really outstanding.
After that it was down to London to the amazing home of The Royal Society, just off The Mall, where I met the other four judges to select the six books to go onto the 2016 Book Prize shortlist.
There was a lively debate but overall quite a lot of agreement. I was especially pleased to meet fellow judge Zoe Toft who is a book blogger, reviewer and fantastic fan of children's non-fiction. The other judges all had science backgrounds and they were awesome too. He we are relaxing after the big decision:
|That's Zoe, second from left next to me|
Here are the final six shortlisted books - all excellent - and I'm delighted to say that my three favourites made it onto the list: YAY! I won't say which they are just yet....
The photographer then asked me to be my normal self...
I really enjoyed the day and was delighted to do something to promote #CNFbooks (children's non-fiction). Do try and get hold of the books on the shortlist - they are wowsome.
And as for picking the overall winner (the author/illustrator get £10,000!) - that's up to those kids on the judging panels. They are in for a TREAT.