,

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 100 ratings.

No Young Adult, Teen or Fantasy titles please. Separate lists can be created for those.
-
1

by
4.31 avg rating — 1,293,196 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
2

by
4.13 avg rating — 2,240,612 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
3

by
3.99 avg rating — 1,142,412 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
4

by
3.92 avg rating — 29,216 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
5

by
3.89 avg rating — 269,588 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
6

by
3.95 avg rating — 12,880 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
7

by
3.89 avg rating — 236,698 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
8

by
really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 16,271 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
9

by
4.04 avg rating — 2,449 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
10

by
really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 124,146 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
11

by
4.07 avg rating — 7,904 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
12

by
4.01 avg rating — 6,981 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
13

by
3.80 avg rating — 7,190 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
13

by
3.98 avg rating — 8,727 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
15

by
4.32 avg rating — 1,873,622 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
16

by
4.06 avg rating — 59,524 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
17

by
3.87 avg rating — 8,137 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
18

by
3.98 avg rating — 1,423 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
19

by
3.95 avg rating — 12,930 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
20

by
3.84 avg rating — 8,503 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
21

by
3.82 avg rating — 9,823 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
22

by
3.90 avg rating — 484,484 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
23

by
3.73 avg rating — 12,654 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
24

by
really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 2,200 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
25

by
4.16 avg rating — 2,660 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
26

by
4.03 avg rating — 2,512 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
27

by
3.77 avg rating — 9,239 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
28

by
3.86 avg rating — 5,348 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
29

by
3.71 avg rating — 7,436 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
30

by
3.88 avg rating — 1,226 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
31

by
3.87 avg rating — 6,878 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
32

by
3.89 avg rating — 203 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
33

by
3.66 avg rating — 8,707 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
34

by
3.82 avg rating — 573 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
35

by
4.14 avg rating — 905 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
36

by
4.11 avg rating — 2,580 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
37

by
4.12 avg rating — 6,277 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
37

by
3.84 avg rating — 7,919 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
39

by
3.69 avg rating — 56,246 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
40

by
3.86 avg rating — 16,055 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
41

by
3.92 avg rating — 2,659 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
42

by
3.70 avg rating — 1,329 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
43

by
3.78 avg rating — 489 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
44

by
3.82 avg rating — 1,827 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
45

by
3.66 avg rating — 1,596 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
46

by
3.90 avg rating — 3,483 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
47

by
3.86 avg rating — 182,895 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
48

by
3.85 avg rating — 5,525 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
49

by
4.07 avg rating — 1,617 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
50

by
4.27 avg rating — 826 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
50

by
3.81 avg rating — 8,368 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
52

by
3.88 avg rating — 504 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
53

by
3.71 avg rating — 3,418 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
54

by
3.82 avg rating — 744 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
55

by
4.08 avg rating — 96,897 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
56

by
4.32 avg rating — 763 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
57

by
3.93 avg rating — 5,414 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
58

by
3.95 avg rating — 2,870 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
58

by
4.43 avg rating — 68 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
58

by
3.75 avg rating — 1,598 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
61

by
3.74 avg rating — 395 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
61

by
4.24 avg rating — 59 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
61

by
3.81 avg rating — 7,641 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
64

by
3.93 avg rating — 41 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
65

by
4.08 avg rating — 105,400 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
66

by
3.81 avg rating — 837 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
67

by
3.79 avg rating — 8,623 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
67

by
3.86 avg rating — 28,003 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
69

by
4.15 avg rating — 186 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
70

by
3.66 avg rating — 2,166 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
70

by
3.73 avg rating — 469 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
72

by
4.10 avg rating — 1,517 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
73

by
3.55 avg rating — 208 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
74

by
3.66 avg rating — 1,827 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
75

by
3.86 avg rating — 469 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
75

by
3.65 avg rating — 2,038 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
77

by
4.18 avg rating — 10,942 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
78

by
3.89 avg rating — 445 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
78

by
3.71 avg rating — 1,596 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
80

by
3.63 avg rating — 335 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
81

by
3.61 avg rating — 520 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
82

by
3.37 avg rating — 230 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
82

by
3.82 avg rating — 249 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
84

by
4.02 avg rating — 89 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
85

by
3.91 avg rating — 880 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
86

by
4.11 avg rating — 139 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
87

by
3.89 avg rating — 1,972 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
87

by
3.98 avg rating — 451 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
89

by
3.94 avg rating — 1,532 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
90

by
3.68 avg rating — 352 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
91

by
3.37 avg rating — 322 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
91

by
4.09 avg rating — 12,304 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
91

by
3.90 avg rating — 17,260 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
91

by
4.19 avg rating — 37 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
91

by
4.54 avg rating — 109 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
91

by
4.58 avg rating — 12 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
91

by
it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating
Rate this book
Clear rating
91

by
4.37 avg rating — 180 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
91

by
3.97 avg rating — 4,390 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
91

by
3.55 avg rating — 11 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
70 likes · 
Lists are re-scored approximately every 5 minutes.


Rasheed 1649 books
7 friends
David 470 books
5 friends
Peter 116 books
46 friends
Deedee 19570 books
37 friends
John 585 books
0 friends
Kirstin 149 books
16 friends
Bryan 3498 books
102 friends
Mlaskus 131 books
0 friends

More voters…


Comments Showing 1-20 of 20 (20 new)

dateDown arrow    newest »

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.


message 19: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl The Giver is def. for pre-teens, age 10-12. The mechanisms may seem magical, but as Arthur Clarke said, so does everything more advanced than our understanding seem so.

Heinlein I would not recommend. Dated, sexist, racist. Sure, lots of loved that s* when we were teens or maybe even younger, but that was not a good thing....

Wrinkle in Time definitely belongs. Very much about pure love, spiritual ethics, and aimed at 10-12 year old children.


message 20: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl Lots here are way too sophisticated and/or violent.
Another list that is unhelpful.
Yes, ideally every parent should pre-read every book their child reads and not trust lists... but a list that is clueless to the point of being misleading won't even point a parent in the right direction....


back to top



Related News

Many years in the future, when the history of our era is written—by robots, probably—we will be remembered as a people seriously conflicted...

Anyone can add books to this list.