The STEAM Children’s Book Prize 2020

STEAM Children’s Book Prize 2020

We’re excited to announce that the STEAM Children’s Book Prize 2020 is now open for entries. Please read the entry guidelines carefully before submitting your titles.

The aim of the prize is to highlight the importance of STEAM subjects and praise the publishing industry and authors for championing them. By providing children with engaging, fun, and exciting literature, they’ll hopefully be inspired to take an interest in STEAM further into their education.

There are so many wonderful titles out there that provide the encouragement we desperately need, they may indeed bridge the skills gap we are currently experiencing in the UK.

This is the only prize to concentrate solely on STEAM in children’s books and will cover all ages from 0 to young adults, as well as all genres and subject matters. We are now taking submissions to consider for shortlisting. The shortlist will be announced in February 2020, followed by the category winners and an overall winner being announced at UCLan’s Lancashire Science Festival in June 2020.


Meet the Judges

Alison Brumwell

Alison is a qualified librarian, with twenty years’ professional experience, and am passionate about promoting reading for pleasure. ‘Encouraging children and young people to find books they love and encouraging teachers and parents to think outside the box, is what makes my world go around. I served as 2019 Chair of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal judging panel and was proud to represent Yorkshire and the Humber as a YLG regional judge in 2011-2014. In addition to my substantive role at Kirklees College, I am also a judge for the Booktrust inaugural Storytime Prize, a regular reviewer for The School Librarian and blog to promote diversity and small, independent publishers. My voluntary work includes supporting Africa Educational Trust since 2012, helping to set up primary school libraries and deliver staff training in rural Eastern Uganda’.

You can follow Alison on Twitter @alisonbrumwell


Dom Conlon

Dom Conlon is a poet and author with a particular interest in science. His collection ‘This Rock That Rock’ publishing in February 2020, is a paean to the Moon in all of its scientific, mythic and of course poetic beauty. As a frequent speaker in schools, libraries and on BBC Radio, Dom’s enthusiasm has inspired thousands and his work has been praised by poets, illustrators and even comedians from the award-winning Nicola Davies to the former children’s laureate Chris Riddell. He shares work on and is a cake-focussed Tweeter.

You can follow Dom on Twitter @dom_conlon.


Ros Harding

‘ I have been Head Librarian at The King’s School, Chester for just over 10 years, having previously worked at two state schools, and before that at The London Library and a charity library. I have a History degree and an M.A. in Library and Information Studies.  I am a member of the North West YLG committee and am an avid reader, especially of fiction for children and teenagers. The highlight of my career so far was being awarded School Librarian of the Year for 2019.’



Ralph Timberlake

Ralph works with Charities to help improve their IT and Operational systems, and has been helping the BIS for some years.  During 2019, he worked closely with UCLan in the production of Blast Off To The Moon! and has been on two school tours promoting Space and this new book, giving the children (up to 11 years old) an exciting interactive session to test their knowledge and plug the gaps, giving them encouragement to read and study more about the many possibilities of Space as their futures unfold.

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