11 Best Science Fiction Books For Kids Update 05/2022

There’s nothing better than tainting the minds of young people, and science fiction is the best way to do it. Not at all. I’ve read The Silmarillion many times, so any people who don’t like the book can just chill.

List: Books for kids aged two to twelve are mostly on this list. The ages are just suggestions; most of these books would be fun for adults to read, too.

The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet by Eleanor Cameron – 1954

8 – 12 years

The two boys found a newspaper ad looking for a home-built spaceship. Make one out of tin and wood quickly, and bring it to the ad. He makes a few changes, gives them special fuel, and tells them they must go to the mushroom planet, a moon of Earth that hasn’t been found yet.

They will need a mascot to be successful, he says, so they grab a chicken and blast off into space to be the first ones there.

Aliens for Breakfast by Stephanie Spinner and Jonathan Etra – 1988

6 – 9 years

Richard eats Alien Crisp cereal for breakfast one morning and finds out that the real thing in his bowl is a tiny, talkative alien named Aric. Aric says that he came to Earth to save it from the evil Dranes, a rival alien race.

First- and second-graders will enjoy this simple story.

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer – 2012

11 years and up

Matteo Alacrán was not born; he was a ripe fruit.

His DNA came from El Patrón, the ruler of a country called Opium, which was a strip of poppy fields between the United States and what was once called Mexico. He was born there. First, Matt’s cell split into two inside of a petri dish. Then he was put in the womb of a cow, where he kept going on his amazing journey from embryo to fetus and finally to baby. His age has changed, but most people still think of him as a monster. El Patrón doesn’t think that way about him. Because Matt is himself, El Patrón loves Matt as much as he loves himself, because Matt is Matt.

Whales on Stilts by M.T. Anderson – 2005

10 years and up

A crazy person has unleashed an army of stilt-walking, laser-beaming, angry whales on the world.

Good news for Lily Gefelty: Her two best friends, Jasper Dash and Katie Mulligan, are both the stars of their own middle-grade series novels (beloved by millions as the heroine of the Horror Hollow series). It’s going to take all of their smarts to stop this crazy, crazy plot from working out.

Virals by Kathy Reichs – 2011

10 years and up

They spend their time exploring the marshes of Loggerhead Island, which is home to a very private research institute called the Loggerhead Island Research Institute. There is something weird going on. In the end, Tory and her friends are exposed to a rare strain of canine parvovirus, which changes them and their DNA for good. They are now more than friends. In a group: Virals are the people who are in this group. They’re also dangerous to the core. But will they be able to catch a cold-blooded killer?

Kathy Reichs is the author of the popular TV show and mystery series, Bones, and she came up with the idea for it.

Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix – 2008

8 – 12 years

One night, a plane came out of nowhere with only 36 babies on board. After the plane took off, it was gone. Now, 13 years later, two of those kids are getting weird messages, and they start to look into their past. A conspiracy that goes back and forth in time will help them find out where they came from. They’ll be hurtling through time as they try to figure out where they came from.

In a tantalizing start to a new series, Haddix uses a common childhood fantasy about being the offspring of royalty or famous people and being adopted by a normal family to make it even more exciting. He then adds in time travel to make it even more exciting.

Magazine: -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Alan Mendelsohn, The Boy From Mars by Daniel Pinkwater – 1979

10 years and up

If you read a book by Daniel Pinkwater, it’s very hard to go wrong. The guy has a great sense of humor.

During his first day of school at a new junior high, Leonard Neeble is short, portly, and bullied. He befriends Alan Mendelsohn, a boy who claims to be from Mars, and they become friends. Mind control, folk-singing biker gangs and other ways of being are some of the things they’ll have to deal with on their journey.

Eager by Helen Fox – 2003

8 – 12 years

In the last few years, Grumps the old family robot has started to break down. Gavin Bell and his family can’t afford to buy a new, sleek robot, so they accept Eager, which is a prototype that looks a little goofy but works. Eager takes some time to learn about the world around him, even as he and Gavin (and Gavin’s sister) find out that the new, sleek robots are revolting against their owners.

There are some questions about what it means to be human, the cost of technology, and the idea of free will that author Fox throws in.

Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce – 2008

8 – 12 years

When people see Liam, they think he’s an adult. Too often, they think Liam should act like an adult, so he decides to enter the Best Dad Ever Contest. Soon, he’s on a rocket ship that’s off course and 200,000 miles above the ground.

It’s “hilarious and heartfelt” to look at “dadliness” in all its forms in this book.

Magazine: -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The Giver by Lois Lowry – 2004

12 and up

The Giver, which won the Newbery Medal in 1994, is set in a society that at first looks like a utopia, but then looks more and more like a dystopia. “Sameness” is what the society has done to get rid of pain and strife, but it has also taken away all of their emotional depth. Jonah, who is 12, is chosen to be the Receiver of Memory. This person stores all past memories from before Sameness so that they can be used to help people make decisions that they don’t have the experience to make. When Jonas learns the truth about his dystopian society, it is hard for him to deal with the weight of it.

The Giver is on many middle school reading lists, but it is also on many “challenged” book lists. It was on the American Library Association’s list of the most challenged books of the 1990s, and many people don’t like it.

If You Decide to Go to the Moon by Faith McNulty and Steven Kellogg. – 2005

4 – 8 years

In this beautiful picture book, readers go on a trip with a boy to the moon. They have to prepare, spend two and a half days in a ship, think about how big the universe is, bounce around the moon’s airless and waterless gray surface, and find a way home.

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