Want to get your little reader into science fiction? You don’t have to wait until kids are even eleven or twelve to introduce them to science fiction. There are science fiction books for young kids out there. You just need to know where to look! These books are anywhere from ‘perfect for beginning chapter readers’ to ‘may need a little help, but good bedtime stories together’ level. Also, keep in mind that the reading age is a recommended thing. You don’t have to stick to it. House of Robots, especially, is a great book that 7 or 8 year olds can enjoy if parents are reading with them at night.
I have found with my child that she can read almost anything, as long as I’m reading it with her. Take a chance with your kids! You might have to simplify some of the words, but you never know, you might find that you can already share a favorite sci-fi book with them!
Franny K. Stein: Mad Scientist – Franny K. Stein is not your average girl — she’s a mad scientist. She prefers poison ivy to daisies, and when Franny jumps rope, she uses her pet snake. The kids in Franny’s class think she’s weird, wacky, and just plain creepy.
Tired of being stared at, Franny decides to attempt her most dangerous experiment yet — she’s going to fit in. but when a giant Monstrous Fiend attacks the class, everyone knows it’s up to a mad scientist to save the day. But has Franny lost her creepy, crawly ways?
The Data Set: March of the Mini Beasts – What would happen if your next-door neighbor were a mad scientist?
Gabe, Laura, and Cesar live on a quiet cul-de-sac. They are the whiz kids of Newtonburg Elementary and each specializes in their own subject. In fact, everyone in town lovingly refers to them as the Data Set. However, their quiet days of learning take a sudden turn for the exciting when they meet Dr. Gustav Bunsen—a mad scientist who throws the kids into a wild spiral of adventures.
When Dr. Bunsen’s latest invention, a growth ray, hits several tiny animal toys, the mini beasts don’t just grow, they come to life! The DATA Set love their new tiny pets…until they continue to grow. Now there’s an actual elephant in the room—not to mention a chimp, a giraffe, and a dinosaur. When the beasts wander off, it’s up to the DATA Set to track them down. But will they catch the mini beasts before they grow big enough to start trouble in town?
Revenge of the Giant Robot Chickens -Not too long ago the children of Aberdeen struck a blow against the tyranny of their oppressors — an army of giant robot chickens. But the chickens were not defeated and now the city’s warring factions have formed a council hoping to keep their chicken overlords at bay. But there’s a new robot chicken on the block, the Chickenator! When the new chicken starts to target council members, pecking them up one by one, Rayna suspects fowl play. How are the chickens tracking council members down so precisely? Could there be a spy in the council? Meanwhile, Jesse tries to hatch a plan to crack the chickens and set the human captives, including his older brother, free. Who will have the last cluck?
House of Robots: It was never easy for Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez to fit in, so he’s dreading the day when his genius mom insists he bring her newest invention to school: a walking, talking robot he calls E–for “Error”. Sammy’s no stranger to robots–his house is full of a colorful cast of them. But this one not only thinks it’s Sammy’s brother… it’s actually even nerdier than Sammy. Will E be Sammy’s one-way ticket to Loserville? Or will he prove to the world that it’s cool to be square? It’s a roller-coaster ride for Sammy to discover the amazing secret E holds that could change family forever… if all goes well on the trial run!
Crop circles magically appear in Farmer Johnson’s field. A mysterious light sweeps over the night sky and awakens Farmer Johnson and Gilbert, the boy next door.
Curious, Gilbert ventures out to discover the source of the light and stumbles into a beautiful Martian girl sitting in a crop circle. Farmer Johnson also investigates the strange light, and thinking that Gilbert and Aoléon are vandals, he chases them. But they sprint to Aoléon’s saucer and escape only to be pursued by the U.S. Air Force.
Gilbert has never been attacked by swarms of giant killer robots. Never met strange aliens from other worlds. Never skyboarded across a megalopolis hidden deep inside an extinct volcano. Never trekked across a vast Martian desert. And never been eaten alive by a gigantic slor (well, almost never, unless you count Billy the fat bully at school).
And luckily, he has never ever confronted an evil ruler of Mars bent on conquering the Earth to steal its cows.
A Wrinkle in Time: It was a dark and stormy night.
Out of this wild night, a strange visitor comes to the Murry house and beckons Meg, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe on a most dangerous and extraordinary adventure – one that will threaten their lives and our universe.
Do you have any recommendations for science fiction books for young kids? Feel free to list them in the comments below! If I get enough suggestions, I’ll do a ‘readers suggested’ list. I know when I was looking on Goodreads, there were lots of books on lists for kids that I honestly didn’t recognize. Most of them, however, seemed to be for older kids. I was more interested in science fiction books for young kids.
**Covers and Synopses are from Goodreads**