ASE Book of the Year Award

The award is designed to celebrate science writing that educates and inspires science learners and educators of all ages. We are seeking books that go that extra mile and support our vision of ‘science for all’. The book could supplement a teacher’s understanding or be something that goes beyond the traditional science curriculum and sparks a child's interest away from the classroom.

The award is presented at our Annual Conference in January and aims to raise the profile of science publishing and showcase the best authors. The winner of ASE Book of the Year will be invited to host a book signing at ASE Annual conference, giving them the opportunity to celebrate and share their book to a community of science educators and professionals. 

The publication submitted can be popular science or an educational resource. The review panel will be looking for books that are engaging, accessible and high quality. Each title will be evaluated by an expert, independent review panel drawn from our extensive pool of members.

Please contact Laura Townsend, Head of Booksales if you have any further questions: lauratownsend@ase.org.uk 

Closing date for submissions: 3rd July 2022

 


Criteria for title submission:

  • The science content must be accurate and up to date
  • The publication needs to be considered useful to teachers of science
  • Textbooks and exam board specific material will not be accepted
  • It must have been published in the period from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022
  • Books must be submitted in the English Language
  • 6 physical copies of the book must be provided to ASE for review (details on submission form)
  • Unfortunately NO eBooks can be accepted
  • You must be able to grant permission for ASE to resell this title (subject to terms)
    • You must also be able to grant ASE a reseller discount on the publication
  • Any queries should be sent to: lauratownsend@ase.org.uk
Terms and conditions
  • The Panel's decision on the eligibility of an entry is final.
  • There is no restriction on the location of publishers. There are no restrictions on the nationality, age or any other characteristic of the author/s.
  • Publishers may submit up to 5 entries.
  • There is no charge to enter.
  • The author/s of the book will be the recipient of the award.
  • Books must be submitted by the publisher and any submission will be taken as agreement for the work to be considered.
  • The publishers must be able to give the ASE permission to sell the title through their online bookshop and at events; terms and conditions to be agreed.
  • The review panel is appointed by the ASE. The judge’s decision is final.
  • In the event of a book being shortlisted for the Award, publishers agree that they will supply a book synopsis, author biography, photograph of the author and book cover (licensed for royalty-free use and distribution).
  • The winning authors should be able to participate at the ASE Annual Conference 2023 at the Sheffield Hallam University dates TBC (typically first week on January) .
  • Publishers will be allowed to acknowledge the Award in subsequent reprints, editions and marketing of shortlisted and winning books.
  • No books submitted will be returned to the publishers.
  • The Award has no monetary value.

ASE Book of the Year past winners

2021 Winner

Train Your Brain: Think Like a Scientist

By Alex Woolf

2020 Winner

Wildhood: the epic journey from adolescence to adulthood in humans and animals 

By Barbara Natterson-Horowitz & Kathryn Bowers 

2019 Winner

The Molliebird - An Evolution Story

By Jules Pottle

Illustrated by Rufus Thomas

2018 Winner

DNA Detectives: To Catch A Thief

By Dr Mandy Hartley

2017 Winner

I Love This Tree

By Anna Claybourne

2016 Winner

The Abyss of Time

By Paul Lyle

 

ASE Book of the Year 2021 Shortlist

Below is the short list for ASE Book of the Year 2021


A Trip to the Future

Prehistoric Pets

Fox: A Circle of Life Story

Train Your Brain: Think Like a Scientist

By Moira Butterfield By Dean Lomax By Isabel Thomas Illustrated by Daniel Egnéus By Alex Woolf

From floating cities to colonies on far-off planets, each spread will take the reader further and further from home. Stunning full-page spreads create an immersive feel. 

We take a close look at our pets, from guinea pigs to cats to horses, and - as if they were furry time machines - use fossil facts to trace them back to their prehistoric animal ancestors.

Brings together story and science to explain this big concept to children who have lost a pet or a loved one, or who simply are curious about death and what happens after we die. 

Children's brains are powerful and flexible, but they need exercising and challenging to develop. In this book they will uncover the core skills that can make a good scientist great.

 


 

ASE Book of the Year 2020 Shortlist

Below is the short list for ASE Book of the Year 2020


A Climate in Chaos

Do You Love Bugs?

Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet

Wildhood

By Neal Layton By Matt Robertson By Kate Pankhurst By Barbara Natterson

Our world is warming up, and it's a big problem. Award-winning author-illustrator Neal Layton is here to explain what climate change is, what's causing it and why it's dangerous for animals and humans alike.

Find out how honey bees make their honey, why moths always fly around lamps and how bombardier beetles protect themselves from hungry predators.

Brings together story and science to explain this big concept to children who have lost a pet or a loved one, or who simply are curious about death and what happens after we die. 

Examine the four universal challenges that every adolescent on our planet must face on the journey to adulthood: how to be safe, how to navigate hierarchy, how to court potential mates, and how to leave the nest. 

 


ASE Book of the Year 2019 Shortlist

Below is the short list for ASE Book of the Year 2019


 

 

 

The Molliebird: An Evolution Story

If Polar Bears Disappeared

The Element in the Room

Highly Commended -The Problem with Plastic

By Jules Pottle By Lily Williams By Mike Barfield & Lauren Humphrey By Ruth Owen

After a natural disaster that leaves her badly camouflaged in her surroundings, the bright blue Molliebird becomes desperate for her babies to survive. 

The Arctic is home to many different kinds of animals. They can be strong like a walrus, tough like a lemming and sometimes hard to see like a polar bear. But now their habitat is melting at an alarming rate.

Brings together story and science to explain this big concept to children who have lost a pet or a loved one, or who simply are curious about death and what happens after we die. 

Children's brains are powerful and flexible, but they need exercising and challenging to develop. In this book they will uncover the core skills that can make a good scientist great.

 


ASE Book of the Year 2018 Shortlist

Below is the short list for ASE Book of the Year 2018


The DNA Detectives: To Catch a Thief

The End of Epidemics

The Poo That Animals Do

Destroy This Book in the Name of Science

By Mandy Hartley By Jonathan D Quick By Paul Mason and Tony De Saulles By Mike Barfield

The first book in the ‘DNA Detectives’ series. The story is based on a famous five style adventure where the characters use DNA to solve a crime. In addition to the exciting storyline readers will learn about DNA, cells and forensic science.

Somewhere out there, a super virus is boiling up in the bloodstream of a bird, bat, monkey, or pig, preparing to jump to a human being. This as-yet-undetected germ has the potential to kill more than 300 million people and reduce global GDP by 5–10%.

A fascinating insight into the world of animal poo – with “strange but poo” facts, from the smelliest, biggest, smallest, and most expensive poo to poo camouflage and keeping warm, discover all there is to know about animal poo and its uses, supported by real science. 

Is the ultimate activity-based book, perfect for curious children who are inspired by cool science, with fascinating information, colouring and doodling activities to complete

 

 


ASE Book of the Year 2017 Shortlist

Below is the short list for ASE Book of the Year 2017


 I love This Tree

Lost Science: Astonishing Tales Of Forgotten Genius

The Best Ways To Teach Primary Science

Roller-coaster Ride Around the Body

By Anna Claybourne By Kitty Ferguson By Michael Allen By Gabby Dawnay

 A book which looks at the life of an old living deciduous tree and through it explores the amazing life of a tree and the creatures that inhabit it. Using a mixture of photos and artwork the book shows how the tree has changed and how it acts as a habitat for other life.

Acclaimed popular-science writer Kitty Ferguson investigates little-explored by-roads in the history of science, from Johannes Kepler’s nearly disastrous venture into the realm of science fiction to a mid-20th-century experiment involving cats and rocket fuel. 

Drawing on the significant body of research carried out over the past 35 years, the book provides valuable evidence about which tried-and-tested approaches enhance learning and help children actually learn science. 

Jump on board and take a ride around the human body on our read-aloud, rollicking rollercoaster. Created by CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal nominees Gabby Dawnay and Alex Barrow, prepare to take your inquisitive youngster on a visually led, fast-paced rhythmic trip.

 

 


ASE Book of the Year 2016 Shortlist

Below is the short list for ASE Book of the Year 2016


The Abyss of Time

Self-Destructing Science: Space

Exploring Science with Young Children

By Paul Lyle By Isabel Thomas By Terry Russell and Linda McGuigan

 Geologists are among that group of scientists who must factor the passage of time into their investigations and they thus have a perspective on time that sets them apart from many other researchers. The proposition that geological time is vast, encompassing thousands of millions of years, is relatively recent. 

Warning: this book will self-destruct! Packed full of fun and exciting projects which use its pages in different ways, this book will have you tearing, folding, cutting, experimenting and scribbling as you find out all about the wonders of space. 

Science in the early years is about more than developing understanding of key scientific concepts. It is about encouraging imagination, creativity and curiosity and nurturing key scientific skills to form a firm base for learning.