Children’s science fiction books don’t have to be simple. Even young students can be excited by new horizons of technology or the prospect of exploring other worlds. Kids range in age and reading level, which is why we’ve included a variety of choices in science fiction so that you can find something for your child or students no matter their needs.
Read on to see some of our top choices for children’s science fiction books. We’ll be sure to mention the age range for each choice so you can find what you’re looking for.
Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
This book can be enjoyed by all ages, though the reading level implies a smart middle or high schooler. Childhood’s End wields Clarke’s signature love for the unknown to describe humanity’s evolution to the next stage of our relationship with our universe.
This is a deceptively simple story that grade-schoolers can enjoy for its imaginative imagery. Even older kids will be inspired by its incredible themes.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Here’s a classic for smart elementary schoolers or early middle schoolers, but another book that anyone can enjoy. A Wrinkle in Time tells the story of Meg, a girl who isn’t smart or pretty enough to believe in herself, and her prodigy baby brother as they explore space and time.
Their emotional relationship takes center stage in a story that could excite young kids to take an interest in the fantastical aspects of theoretical science and math.
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
While H.G. Wells may have a very florid, journalistic style that not all kids will enjoy, certain kids definitely well! The Time Machine has been stirring young imaginations for over a century due to its incredible prose. This is an especially great choice for kids who are smart but have short attention spans as this book gets its entire harrowing odyssey started and done in just over 80 pages.
Chronicle of the Dark Star by Kevin Emerson
Chronicle of the Dark Star is actually a series that starts with Last Day on Mars, a great choice for kids that need a modern science fiction series to sink their teeth into. After earth disappears due to rampant solar activity, the children of scientists must preserve humanity in an increasingly hostile universe. Kids will find plenty to relate to and think about in Emerson’s popular series.
Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood and Meg Hunt
Kids can enjoy any story no matter the gender of the hero or heroine. However, we wanted to give you another science fiction story with a female protagonist to give kids a modern fairytale, if that’s what they’re looking for. This retelling of the Cinderella fable reorients the story to space with a plucky plot and lovely illustrations. This is for the youngest kids.
Children’s Science Fiction Books: The Takeaway for Parents
Children’s science fiction books can be H.G. Wells classics or modern picture book retellings of fairytales. So long as the content inspires readers to reach for the stars, the books can do them good. As a parent or teacher, consider including these books on your shelves to give your kids a penchant for reading, for science, or just for thinking about the universe.