Five fantastic things at The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize ceremony

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 in Writing

I’m still buzzing after a brilliant day at the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize ceremony!

Five fantastic things…

1) The faces of 150 children let loose in Techniquest Cardiff – a MASSIVE interactive science centre. I joined them to invent Moon landers in a workshop based on How To Change the World.20161121_114117

2) The videos made by the judging panels (75 groups, 1500 children in total!!) exploring the shortlisted books.

3) The most fun award ceremony ever! Emily Grossman and Zoe Toft did a brilliant job of entertaining the 150 budding scientists, with a drum roll that lifted the roof off the Wales Millennium Centre!

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4) Touring the Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl, a magical immersive exhibition that is visiting the Millennium Centre on a tour of the UK. If you’re a Dahl fan of any age try and see this, it’s such a treat. I’m now on a mission to hang slinkies from my children’s ceilings!

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L to R: illustrator David Lyttleton, judge Zoe Toft, author Katie Daynes, judge Robert Pal, author John Farndon, judge Andy Seed, author Louie Stowell, publisher Fay Carrington-Evans, me, author Dan Green.

5) Spending the day with a splendiferous group of judges, authors, illustrators, publishers and the Royal Society team who braved an Atlantic storm and train chaos to get to Cardiff… and back!

And the winner was… How Machines Work by David Macaulay, who appeared on video all the way from Vermont! This is a fantastic book that blends engineering with the adventures of a runaway sloth, find out more in this Guardian write-up and check out all the shortlisted titles here.

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