The trust has compiled reading lists for four age groups of books that reflect the world's varied cultures and landscapes. The Kindersleys' collection of interviews with children in more than 30 countries is on the list for five to nine-year-olds alongside Maya Angelou's My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken and Me and Andersen's own Fairy Tales, translated by Naomi Lewis. There are also selections for under-fives, 10 to 13-year-olds and teenagers.
The lists are available in bookmark form for a 25p sae from Publications Department, Young Book Trust, Book House, 45 East Hill, London SW18 2QZ. Schools can order 10 complete sets for Pounds 2 from the same address.
Teams of judges in 13 schools are currently looking over the six books on the shortlist for the junior Rhone-Poulenc Prize for Science Books, worth Pounds 10,000. The organisers - the Science Museum and the Committee for the Public Understanding of Science have recruited 65 primary and secondary pupils to find the book that best helps children under 14 understand science.
The shortlisted titles are: Creatures That Glow by Anita Ganeri (Gollancz Pounds 12.99); Everyday Machines by John Kelly, David Burnie and Obin (Hamlyn Pounds 12.99); Microbes, Bugs and Wonder Drugs by Fran Balkwill and Mic Rolph with Victor Darley-Usmar (Portland Pounds 12.99); Our Universe: a guide to what's out there by Russell Stannard (Kingfisher Pounds 9.99); Wild Technology by Phil Gates (Kingfisher Pounds 12.99); and The World of Weather by Chris Maynard (Kingfisher Pounds 12.99).
The winner will be announced on BBC1's Blue Peter on May 15.
From Kimmeridge Bay and Bodiam Castle to Roman remains and far-off rainforests, the National Trust's Saving Places anthology, published this week at Pounds 1.99, catalogues children's concern for the natural and built environment. Roger McGough, Sandy Brownjohn and Gillian Clarke selected the 55 poems in the collection from 14,000 submitted by eight to 15-year-olds. Elin ap Hywel judged the Welsh language category.