Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Mini Scientist Mission 1 and Great Big Book Giveaway !


 
For our first ever mission in our new role as Mini Scientists for Life Science Centre we are really excited to share the news that  The Royal Society’s annual Young People’s Book Prize winner will this year be announced during a ceremony at the Centre for Life, Newcastle – the first time the event has EVER been held outside London.

Established 354 years ago, the Royal Society is a fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine.
Each year the Society awards a prize to the best book that communicates science to young people. The prize aims to inspire young people to read about science and promotes the best science writing for the under-14s. 



 
Children from Life’s monthly Science Club formed one of the judging groups. The group discussed each of the books before deciding on their favourite. Claudia Simmons, age 13, was part of the group. She said: “I loved being part of the judging panel. All of the books were great – I did have a favourite which I hope is the overall winner! Writing science books for children takes a lot of skill but I think having great illustrations and a bit of humour always helps.”
Once they have picked their winning book, each group submits their result to the Royal Society and the book with the highest number of winning votes is declared the winner.
Noel Jackson, Head of Education at Life, said: “Science books are important for young people as they are a great way of showing how exciting the subject can be - whether that’s through exciting and engaging illustrations or well-written content that offers relevant and real experiments to try at home. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with some of our science club members to review the shortlisted books and are thrilled to be hosting the award ceremony.”

Several of the judging groups have been invited to attend the award ceremony and will take part in workshops with the authors before the winning book is announced.

To celebrate this brilliant news we are overjoyed to be able to offer one of my lucky readers the chance to win a bundle of books which will include all of those on the shortlist below, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form and we will draw a winner from all the CORRECT entries after the ceremony.

The shortlisted books in the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize are:
  • What makes you YOU? By Gill Arbuthnott (A&C Black – an imprint of Bloomsbury). The judges said: “This book takes a contemporary look at genetics, telling the story behind some of the key discoveries and scientists in the field. It has great narrative, and discusses some of the topical issues of today.”
  • How animals live by Christiane Dorion (Templar Publishing). The judges said: “We love this pop-up book showing a range of different habitats and the animals that live in them. Beautifully presented, this is a lovely introduction to ecosystems around the planet.”
  • Eye Benders: the science of seeing and believing by Clive Gifford with consultant Anil Seth (Ivy Kids) The judges said: “Warning: this book will try to trick you! It is full of optical illusions you can try for yourself, and we love how interactive this is. What this book does really well is explain each trick of the eye through the science behind it. Both fascinating and fun.”
  • We’ve got your number by Mukul Patel (Kingfisher) The judges said: “Maths is all around us, and this book is a great way of presenting this. Mathematical concepts are explained through their application, and the authors’ passion for the subject really shines through.”
  • The Usborne Big Book of Stars and Planets by Emily Bone (Usborne) The judges said: “This book is jam-packed full of information about the Universe, from the Solar System to distant galaxies. The eye-catching illustrations are beautifully done, and are based on real astronomical images. This book really conveys the wonders of our Universe.”
  • Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers about Your Body by Katie Daynes (Usborne) The judges said: “This bite-sized Q&A book with informative illustrations is sure to satisfy inquisitive minds, answering the kinds of questions young children have about their bodies in a fun, lift-the-flap style.”



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33 comments:

  1. the kids love Usborne Big book of science things to make and do

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  2. My kids love books about space!

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  3. Usborne First encyclopedia for kids

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  4. My child loves Usborne books and would love the one about space.

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  5. The Usborne Children's Picture Atlas

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  6. My daughter loves the junior science illustrated dictionary

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  7. The big book of stars and planets looks fab. My lg loves learning about Space so it would be a wonderful book to have! x

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  8. My kids love their Usborne Children's Picture Atlas and other Usborne science books - they have lovely illustrations and are easy to understand!

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  9. The Science Picture Dictionary is a favourite!

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  10. junior science illustrated dictionary

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  11. What Goes on in My Head by Sir Robert Winston

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  12. The big book of stars and planets

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  13. Collins easy learning key stage 2 science book

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  14. The Usborne Big Book of Stars and Planets looks and sounds fantastic x

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  15. The Usborne big book of stars & planets is really good!

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  16. My son loves the junior science illustrated dictionary - leanne w

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  17. The big book of stars and planets

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  18. On the Origin of Species - Charles Darwin. Probably the most important Science book ever written.

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  19. Big man has a good 1000 facts book filled with science

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  20. Science a children's encyclopedia is a big hit in this house

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  21. Why by Catherine Ripley - a great book for answering your kids science questions!

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  22. My son loves the usborne space books

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  23. I bought a 'Gravity' book at a car boot recently and my son loves it - it was printed BEFORE we landed on the moon!

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  24. The big book of stars and planets looks good. My favourite science based book is Richard Dawkins' The Greatest Show on Earth

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