2020 Royal Society’s Young People’s Book Prize

Cats React to Science Facts by Izzi Howell has been chosen by children as the winning book for the 2020 Royal Society’s Young People’s Book Prize. The prize was awarded during a virtual ceremony on the Royal Society’s YouTube channel, and hosted by Lindsey Russell, Blue Peter Presenter.

Over 13,000 young judges drawn from 500 schools and youth groups cast their votes for their favorite science book from a shortlist of six titles, chosen by a panel of adult judges including Waterstones Children’s Laureate, Cressida Cowell, and TV presenter and children’s author Konnie Huq.

The Royal Society’s Young People’s Book Prize champions the best science books for under-14s. The winning authors receive an award of £10,000 and the shortlisted authors each receive £2,500.

The press release notes, “Like every topic, science becomes more interesting when cats are involved” —

Cats React to Science Facts offers children an opportunity to explore the scientific world while grabbing their ‘cat-tention’ with humorous meme-like felines and a stream of fascinating science facts. Children can immerse themselves in different scientific topics, ranging from gravity to climate change, the human body and more.

Izzi Howell is an experienced author and editor of children’s non-fiction books whose favorite topics to write about include animals, current affairs, and the environment.

[Based on a press release.]

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One thought on “2020 Royal Society’s Young People’s Book Prize

  1. This looks like a charming book and a good way to grab the notoriously fickle and short attention span of children – all children love animals! And ten thou is a fat prize for a children’s book award. I’m going to bring this book to my wife’s attention, she’s an elementary school librarian.

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