Robert Winstone wins science book prize
26th Nov 17

Robert Winstone wins science book prize

Robert Winston's book Home Lab has been chosen by children as the winning book for the Royal Society's Young People's Book Prize 2017.

It is the third time the scientist, TV presenter and author has won the prize.

Around 3,000 young people from over 300 schools and youth groups all across the UK cast votes for their favourite science book from a shortlist of six titles.

Home Lab (published by Dorling Kindersley) is packed with 28 exciting experiments that can be made with everyday items found around the home - among them, the experiments that made Robert Winston want to become a scientist.

In the book's foreword, Winstone writes, "I am often asked what made me want to be a scientist. I was about seven or eight when I realized that science was fascinating, and what most interested me was doing my own experiments.

"I clearly remember the excitement I felt when I realized that I could write secret messages using juice as an invisible ink. Seeing my words appear when I heated the paper was something I still find slightly weird and a bit of a thrill."

Winstone also won the prize with Utterly Amazing Science in 2015, Science Experiments in 2012 and What makes me me in 2005.

The young judges had a lot to say about the book. Faith, aged eight, said, "Brilliant. I'm going to try all these at home. I've already asked my mum and dad to get me this book", while Ella, aged 10, said, "I liked it so much that I went out and bought a copy of my own with my pocket money."

The children judged the winning book from a shortlist of six, selected by expert judges.

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