Getting Started: What to Read in Science Fiction

Ready to blast off for the first time into the worlds of children’s science fiction? Science Fiction is a much tougher animal to find in the children’s section than fantasy.  I’m going to recommend a handful of titles to get you started. (More lists and books to come in the future–I promise!)

The White Mountains by John Christopher

Classic alien invasion/adventure style SF.  This trilogy is still standard fare on library shelves.

The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex

A more recent tale of alien invasion. This one with a large dollop of humor, and cats!

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Long before Hunger Games was even a spark, there was this chilling dystopian tale.

Interstellar Pig by William Sleator

William Sleator written a number of amazing SF books for kids. This is one of my favorites. Take one bored kid on vacation, add in three strange adults “not from around here”, and a game called Interstellar pig . . . and you have one wild adventure!

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

It’s the future . . . the City of Ember is an underground city that has lasted through many generations, but now, slowly, the lights are going out . . .

Commander Toad in Space by Jane Yolen

This great SF series for young readers parodies many famous science fiction stories, with some very humorous results!

My Robot Buddy by Alfred Slote

This was a favorite of mine when I was just starting to read SF.  This intermediate read tells the story of a boy and his bot on some wild adventures.

Happy Reading! ^_^

About Stephanie Whelan

I'm a children's librarian with a life-long love of all things science fiction and fantasy.

Posted on February 15, 2013, in Lists and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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