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Listed: Children’s Science Fiction Books

I’ve often been told that unless your parents introduce you to scifi and fantasy when you are a child, you won’t particularly like it when you’re an adult. I don’t know how true that is. What I do know, though, is that kids get some of the most enjoyable scifi and fantasy books.

There’s something about it, perhaps going into it with the knowledge that the imaginations kids have are so much more vivid than ours, so much more is possible in these books, that makes for much more exciting stories.

And so I have a very soft spot for children’s scifi and fantasy books. Today I wanted to share ten childrens scifi titles.

  1. My Teacher Is an Alien by Bruce Coville. Originally Published 1989. LT
  2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle. Originally Published 1962. LT
  3. Escape to Witch Mountain by Alexander Key. Originally Published 1968. LT
  4. Dust by Arthur Slade. Originally Published 2001. LT
  5. The Watcher in the Woods by Florence Engel Randall. Originally Published 1976. LT
  6. Doc Wilde and The Frogs of Doom by Tim Byrd. Originally Published 2009. LT
  7. Tim, Defender of the Earth! by Sam Enthoven. Originally Published 2008. LT
  8. Tria and the Great Star Rescue by Rebecca Rector. Originally Published 2002. LT
  9. The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy: The Hero Revealed by William Boniface. Originally Published 2008. LT
  10. Help! I’m Trapped In My Teacher’s Body by Todd Strasser. Originally Published 1993. LT

I wanted to keep the list more middle-grade than young adults, and more towards the scifi side of the spectrum than fantasy (as they can often get grouped together), but I know there are titles on that list that blurs both lines. Best intentions and all.

What are some other childrens scifi novels that you’ve read?

Do you like this feature? You should also check out Librarian’s Book Reviews’ Listless Monday, A Bookshelf Monstrosity’s Books By A Theme and Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog’s Birdwatching.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 7:02 am July 25, 2011.
Category: Listed

  • Kailana

    I love Escape to Witch Mountain! And I totally remember the Todd Strasser books from when I was younger. I only read Dust when I was older and A Wrinkle in Time is an all-time favourite.

  • Erin

    My Teacher is an Alien, and the 3 books that came after it, were the first series I read on my own and fell in love with. I remember my BFF and I writing to the author about how much we loved them.