Publishers across the UK submitted their best recent books that communicate science to young people. An adult judging panel has narrowed down the choice to a shortlist of six books.

The winning book will be selected entirely by groups of young people from schools and youth groups around the UK. These groups together form a judging panel that looks at all the shortlisted books and chooses a winner.

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The magic of reality 

by Richard Dawkins and illustrated by Dave McKean (Bantam Press)

The judges said: “This challenging and thought-provoking book explores how human beings have explored the natural world over time and tackles these ideas in a way that we’ve never seen before.  Combining a comprehensive account of science, philosophy and culture with beautiful illustrations, this is an unusual book that adults might well enjoy too.”

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The winner will be announced on 15 November 2012. A full list of all previous shortlisted and winning entries is also available.