1) Last week, I was at the Royal Society Young People’s Book Awards. The short list of six was by a ‘grown up’ panel, but the final winner was chosen by target age readers. According to their video reports, they loved the ‘pop ups’ in the winning book ‘How the World Works’. So do I! But I also love the content, and the wonderful ‘paper engineering’ will encourage you to return to it again and again. I won’t recommend where to get it, but Amazon shows good pictures of what it feels like to have this book in your hands.
2) Also in the finalists list was ‘What’s the Point of Being Green’. This is clearly aimed at young readers, but the comment at the Awards ceremony was that there could be as much impact on the parents – either through the children or reading the very accessible, yet engaging, book themselves.
3) Already on my bookshelf from last Christmas (well, rarely on the bookshelf, as it is often in use …) is ‘Crisp Packet Fireworks’ by the Naked Scientists. Not just for children – for anyone! This was a present to my engineer husband last year. The website is great too.
4) One on my own Christmas list for this year is ‘The Hidden Maths of Sport’ – a new edition with a more Olympics focus, co-written by Rob Eastaway who runs the superb Maths Inspiration events all around the country.
5) And those of you who know me well will already have guessed the list would not be complete without the unlikely but truly absorbing ‘Beginner’s Book of Modular Origami Polyhedra – the Platonic Solids’. Doubtful? Someone’s proudly put all their resulting creations on flickr – not yet me, as we still have a few more to complete.