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Mike Barfield makes the final shortlist for two separate book awards

Since 2000, the enormously popular and influential Blue Peter Book Awards have been recognising and celebrating the best authors, the most creative illustrators and the greatest reads for children.

Three books make the shortlist for ‘Best Story’ and three make the shortlist for ‘Best Book With Facts’ – and Mike’s latest work has made the final trio for the best fact book.

Mike has received recognition for his science book – ‘The Element in the Room: Investigating the Atomic Ingredients that Make Up Your Home’

Professor Ohms, a scientific detective, takes you on a journey of discovery around the periodic table. He aims to provide everyone with the knowledge and ability to find the element in the room.

Ohms starts by talking about how the elements were created, drawing up a list of suspects (the periodic table) to help you on your quest. Going through the elements one-by-one, the professor provides vital statistics that will help you track them down in your own home. By introducing fun and simple experiments to illustrate what the elements can do, Professor Ohms brings the periodic table to life.

This is a great book for encouraging children to enhance what they learn in science at school. For fans of Horrible Science, this is a brilliant addition to helping to learn more about the periodic table. It’s packed with so many weird and wonderful facts. With a clear and straightforward layout, it will appeal to children who are both starting to learn about the elements and those who want to take their learning to the next level.

With comic strips appearing between the facts, it also encourages less confident readers to become more enthusiastic about reading. This book is perfect for any aspiring scientists (or detectives)!


Mike has also had one of his books, Destroy This Book in The Name of Science: Galileo Edition, on the ASE (The Association for Science Education) Book of The Year Award Shortlist.

Destroy This Book in The Name of Science: Galileo Edition

Destroy This Book: Galileo Edition is the ultimate activity-based book for boffins and inquisitive children who are inspired by science!

With fascinating facts, colouring and doodling activities to complete, and a dozen press-out projects to create, there’s hours of fun to be had cutting, tearing and pulling apart the pages (all in the name of science, of course).

Projects include Build Your Own Brainiacs, The Stand-up Chameleon, The Magic Mollusc and many more. Best of all, no expensive craft supplies are required.



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