Science Fiction Books for Young Children

Science fiction is fiction based on scientific principles or ideas that make use of some aspect of science. It's fun reading and it's never too early to introduce your child to science fiction. But why should you introduce your child to science fiction at all? Because it is fires up the imagination and encourages us to think of the possible, no matter how possible - or impossible - it may seem. Remember, travel in space was once possible only in science fiction stories, but now it is actually possible for man to land on the moon. These books are perfect science fiction reading for young kids. ence Fiction Books for Young Children

This book makes it possible to imagine what it might be like to take a trip to the moon. If your child loves space and dreams of being an astronaut, this would be a fun book for him or her. It provides "advice" for space travel, like being sure to take along a space suit, air tanks, books, and games, but it also describes what space travel is like:

As your ship rises through the clouds,
your body is pressed against the seat.
At first you feel very heavy. Don't worry.
This feeling will go away.

This way of explaining space travel helps engage young children since they can feel as though they are participating.
Ages 4 and up (younger children will probably enjoy this book too)

You probably know who Stephen Hawking is, right? He's the physicist whose field is theoretical cosmology. You may know of his book A Brief History of Time. Did you know that he has also written science fiction books for kids? With his daughter Lucy, Hawkings are written wonderful books featuring a character named George. In this book, George travels through space with Cosmos, a supercomputer, and his daughter, a scientist. It is an adventure story that introduces kids to some pretty interesting concepts in the cosmos, like black holes some facts about them.

Ages 8 and up

This book is all that I think a science fiction book should be - but for kids. It creates a world that makes a reader think, much as science fiction books for adults to. What does it mean to be human? What is free will? Does it exist? Where might technology lead us? The world created in this book is a future world, one that sounds great in some ways. For instance, there is no starvation or homelessness and there is some fantastic technology. However, there are also some things that aren't so great: there is a huge gap between the poor and the wealthy, and the best of everything (jobs, technological inventions) go to the elite, including government leaders. One invention that is available to everyone is a robot, and this story revolves around the experimental robot on family accepts to replace the old one they have that is no longer functioning properly. Although the story raises some questions, it is also both warm and funny. Ages 8 and up

This book is known as an oldie, but goodie. It was first published in the 1950s, but it's just as much fun to read now as it was when it first came out. The story is about two boys who see an ad for a kind of contest in the newspaper for a spaceship In print since the 1950s, the Mushroom Planet series is back with a new design by illustrator Kevin Hawkes. Don t miss the adventures of Chuck and David, two boys who travel to the alien planet Basidium in their homemade spaceship. Whoever brings the best spaceship to the address listed will be rewarded with an adventure. Chuck and David build one, deliver it to the address and end up on a mission to rescue a planet - from Earth! The story is something of a mix between science and a little magic, but doesn't stray too far from the rational. Ages 8-12.

A Wrinkle in Time is one of the classic books that gifted kids love. The story is about Meg and her brother Charles Wallace who go on an adventure with their friend Calvin. It isn't just any adventure - it is an adventure in time and space. Meg and Charles Wallace's parents are both scientists. The children's adventure begins when they go on a search for Meg and Charles Warren's father, who disappeared while doing work on a secret government project - the tesseract problem. What is a tesseract? It is a wrinkle in time. As the children travel the cosmos, they discover the shadow of an evil power. The adventure isn't just exciting and interesting; it also makes readers think about a number of ideas, among them, good and evil, God, vanity, kindness, and being different.

Ages 10 and up


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