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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3.86 avg rating — 218,285 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 162,826 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 2,072 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 154 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 192,946 ratings
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3.83 avg rating — 6,889 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 36,958 ratings
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3.79 avg rating — 8,231 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 7,243 ratings
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3.71 avg rating — 6,548 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 2,174 ratings
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3.75 avg rating — 8,010 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 972 ratings
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3.79 avg rating — 453 ratings
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3.62 avg rating — 1,191 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 1,775 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 338,199 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 976 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 4,933 ratings
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3.53 avg rating — 15 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 7,659 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 416 ratings
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3.78 avg rating — 420 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 409 ratings
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3.33 avg rating — 290 ratings
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3.69 avg rating — 16 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 438 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.


message 14: by S (new)

S The Martian needs to be added.
No sex. No violence.
And what 8 year old doesn't enjoy a book where poop is a lifesaving material?
Sure, it's an adult book. But so what.
Just throw a dictionary their way -- they'll figure it out. I know more people who were reading adult novels as an 8-10 year old child than otherwise.
If you're going to shelter a kid, at least do it with something interesting.


message 15: by Heidi (new)

Heidi the Bone Season is 466 pages long and if you read the description about it, it definitely does not fit on this list.


message 16: by Heidi (new)

Heidi Split Second is 357 pages long.

If you read the description about it, it is listed as a romance-thriller mostly and it is definitely young adult and not for children.

It does not fit this list.


message 17: by Heidi (new)

Heidi the Eye of Minds is listed as being a young adult book. It is a book for young adults and not for children.

It does not fit this list.


message 18: by James (new)

James The Giver is not SF. It clearly falls under fantasy as the transfer of memories and everything about the change in colors is magic. There is no SF here. This is a common mistake. On a different note, it is a bit dark at one point and may be more appropriate for a YA list.


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