Is your kid a sci-fi fan? Check out these science fiction books for young readers. From picture books to early chapter books, it’s a list of awesome science fiction for kids to keep them reading!
Science Fiction for Kids
As a kid, I never really liked science fiction. To me, the term referred to pointy eared guys in aluminum foiled clothing who walked around with laser guns zapping aliens. But after discovering the many options for kids in the science fiction category, my love for the genre soon grew until I was hooked on aliens and time travel like everyone else.
For this reading list, I’m sticking to the fun of science fiction.Rather than the doom and gloom found in many of the Sci Fi books for middle grade and young adult readers, these books are all about using your imagination and the fun of the story.
It’s about getting kids hooked on a certain science fiction series or character to demonstrate the pure fun of reading a story that is out of this world.
These science fiction books take kids on wonderful adventures as they travel through space and time with aliens, robots, and out of this world fun!
I love this book. Seriously, I think it’s one of the best early chapter books ever written. I always recommended it to my kids at school who were just beginning to read longer books because it’s a quick page-turner with a great story about friendship, too.
This isn’t your stereotypical nerds book. N.E.R.D.S stands for the National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society. It’s filled with spy-like gadgets and secret agent fun.
The Fly Guy books have been a hit for quite some time now. My youngest son thinks these books are fabulous!
My third graders loved the Captain Underpants series. To be honest, I never cared for these, but my boys did. It kept them reading and laughing, too.
What kid doesn’t dream of a homework machine?
It’s the story of the fluffy bunnies, but not the cuddly little bunnies hopping around our neighborhood. These are Fluffs: Fierce, Large, Ugly, Ferocious, Furballs. Yep, not the kind of fluffy bunnies you want to meet on the street.
Printed first in the 1950s, this one is certainly a classic. It’s the story of Chuck and David who build their own spaceship and travel to another planet.
If your kid is a Star Wars fan like mine, this series is a great one, too. It’s set in a middle school in a galaxy far, far away.
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David spends his summer with his grandmother at her bed and breakfast. He soon discovers, however, this isn’t your typical bed and breakfast. It’s filled with portals to other planets and strange creatures who want to take a summer vacation–on Earth.
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I am in love with this picture book. It reminds me a teeny bit of the scene in E.T. where the kids dress him as a ghost for Halloween. It’s such a fun book and it makes a great read aloud, too.
My youngest son has a growing collection of the Choose Your Own Adventure books. If your kid loves sci-fi, then these books are a great choice. There are plenty of sci-fi adventures to choose from. And even better, the chapter books have several options for endings to be read again and again.
This one is funny picture book about Professor Xargle who tries to teach his students about strange creatures known as humans. It’s super funny and makes a great read aloud.
We love all the books by Chris Van Allsburg! This one continues the story of Jumanji, but this time the game takes the kids to outer space.
Bill Peet is another fabulous author and illustrator. When I taught third graders, I usually saved it for a read aloud during the week of Earth Day because it shows what can happen when we pollute and abuse our environment.
Have you read this one? It’s a switch of roles where the robot takes home a sick boy and, using his manual, tries to repair the boy.
Jane Yolen is another great storyteller. The adventure of Commander Toad and his spaceship, Star Warts, is a must-read for young readers.
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