Best Children's Science Fiction Books
Vote for your favourite Children's SF books (novels, novellas, anthologies).
For children between 8 and 12.

CLEAN & SAFE books only. No sexuality.

Books parents can comfortably read to their children (without omitting any parts). Books everyone can recommend to their little sister/brother.

Please don't add books with less than 10 ratings.

No Young Adult, Teen or Fantasy titles please. Separate lists can be created for those.
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 692,388 ratings
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 78 ratings
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 1,160,121 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 18,454 ratings
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 498,584 ratings
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 165,932 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 7,743 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 9,135 ratings
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 318,801 ratings
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 4,982 ratings
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 4,766 ratings
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 4,333 ratings
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 1,416 ratings
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 133 ratings
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 82,503 ratings
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 5,216 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 5,632 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 105,133 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 693 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 1,506 ratings
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 5,536 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 3,438 ratings
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 4,918 ratings
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 22,981 ratings
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 154,033 ratings
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 6,553 ratings
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 1,755 ratings
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 32,535 ratings
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 665 ratings
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 317 ratings
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 8,214 ratings
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 1,643 ratings
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 138 ratings
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 6,202 ratings
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 8,616 ratings
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 3,777 ratings
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 29,461 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 4,423 ratings
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 798 ratings
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 1,053 ratings
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 438 ratings
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 35 ratings
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 16 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 231 ratings
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 6,328 ratings
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 6,077 ratings
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 5,970 ratings
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 269 ratings
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 7,458 ratings
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 334 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 1,094 ratings
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 1,266 ratings
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 437 ratings
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 99 ratings
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 1,041 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 892 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 3,906 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 7 ratings
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 78 ratings
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4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 37 ratings
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 8 ratings
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 69 ratings
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 233 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 550 ratings
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 153 ratings
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 6,753 ratings
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 320 ratings
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 5,309 ratings
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 138 ratings
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 35,635 ratings
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 684 ratings
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 211 ratings
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 1,450 ratings
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 731 ratings
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 614 ratings
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 226,632 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 604 ratings
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 48 ratings
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 17 ratings
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3.3 of 5 stars 3.30 avg rating — 237 ratings
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 22 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 1,878 ratings
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 11 ratings
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 11 ratings
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 9 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 126 ratings
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 34 ratings
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4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 2 ratings
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 20 ratings
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4.88 of 5 stars 4.88 avg rating — 8 ratings
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 3 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 3,884 ratings
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 18 ratings
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 640 ratings
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4.65 of 5 stars 4.65 avg rating — 26 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 14 ratings
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 4,609 ratings
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 272 ratings
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message 1: by Rasheed (new)

Rasheed Removed A Wrinkle in Time because of kissing scene at the end.


message 2: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Ideiosepius That has got to be the most lame excuse for a removal I have ever seen. A Wrinkle in Time is one of the most child safe books I can think of.


message 3: by Rasheed (last edited Feb 23, 2012 10:02AM) (new)

Rasheed Yes, but unfortunately, it simply does not meet this list's strict criteria. You are free to add it to any other list.

Anyway, the safe/clean concept differs from one person to the next and from society to society...


message 4: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Ideiosepius It does differ for sure, and I assume you are an administer for this group and have a perfect right to remove things. Also I am not trying to be aggressive here but I really do contest this erasure.

This list is titled "Books parents can comfortably read to their children (without omitting any parts). Books you can recommend for your little sister/brother."

I re-read Wrinkle in Time last night, just to be sure, and I can see no evidence of any sexuality that would offend anyone but the most extravagantly controlling religious organisation. If that book is taken off the list then two thirds of the other ones on it, that I have read, should not be there either.

Have you read this book? The first 'kiss' I encountered was when a boy kissed an older woman on the cheek, was that it?

Or the bit at the end where a family of two married adults and four children were reunited and hugged and kissed each other?

Because I think most people on this list would accept that as normal healthy behaviour that any child could be, even ought to be exposed to.


message 5: by Mohan (new)

Mohan On the topic of clean, The Giver has discussions about 'feelings '...


message 6: by Mack (new)

Mack Rasheed wrote: "Yes, but unfortunately, it simply does not meet this list's strict criteria. You are free to add it to any other list.

Anyway, the safe/clean concept differs from one person to the next and from s..."


"Books parents can comfortably read to their children (without omitting any parts). Books you can recommend for your little sister/brother. "

You'd rather have your little brother or sister read a book with a character who commits suicide because of the stress of the physical violence of battle school (Ender's Game, #1 on your list) then Wrinkle in Time because there is an innocent kiss or two? They are not even "romantic kisses" but brotherly, sisterly kisses, a good luck kiss, a kiss of appreciation. Nice list, but Wrinkle in Time does not contain any sexuality and why is violence more acceptable than sexuality anyways?


message 7: by Shanshad (new)

Shanshad Whelan If we're being strict with guidelines then a lot of other books should come off this list before Wrinkle in Time.


message 8: by Wordwizard (new)

Wordwizard All the Andre Norton books and Doctor Who books are fantasy, and so is The Witches of Karres. There's not a shred of science in them.


message 9: by Wordwizard (new)

Wordwizard Can anyone help me out with the title of an old children's SF book involving an interdimensional whirlwind? Early '70's at the latest.


message 10: by Shanshad (new)

Shanshad Whelan Dunno the answer--but I'd try going here for help: http://scifi.stackexchange.com/


message 11: by Noorilhuda (new)

Noorilhuda Incase anyone's wondering, I've added children's sci-fi books reviewed and praised by Guardian (UK) newspaper.


message 12: by Madeleine (new)

Madeleine Flowers for algernon is not particularly a children's story. I was a little older than the given age range when I read it, and I was disturbed. The plotline Is sexuality.


message 13: by Tanya (new)

Tanya I would never have Ender's Game on a list for children. There is so much crudity and I think the ethical and violence would be difficult for children under 12 to understand.


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