The UK’s national academy of science, the Royal Society, is giving children the power to pick the winner of its Young People's Book Prize. This annual prize honours books that succeed in communicating science to children, aged 14 and under, through clear and engaging writing and design.
While the grunt-work of short-listing six books was done by a panel of adult judges, the important task of picking the winner is handed over to children. These are the people “who should know best,” the Royal Society said on its website.
Children from the UK, aged 14 and under, are asked to form small judging panels in their schools, libraries or local science centres, with the help of an adult supervisor. Each judging panel will then receive a free set of the six short-listed books to read, discuss and judge.
The Royal Society only has 75 sets of books to give to its judging panels, so children that are interested in taking part should act fast. Applications to be one of the Royal Society’s judging panels are now open and will be accepted until 30 April 2012. For more information, please click here.