10 Great Science Fiction and Fantasy Books for Kids

Posted on August 6, 2019

by Megan M

We hope your kids enjoy the variety of selections in this blog post perfect for kids who love imaginative science fiction and fantasy stories.

Imaginative Stories for Children

Dear Dragon by Josh Funk

Audience: Grades PreK-3 | Ages 4-8

As a school project, George and Blaise become pen pals, writing rhyming letters about their favorite things to do, unaware that one is human and the other a dragon.

The Magician’s Hat by Malcolm Mitchell

Audience: Grades PreK-3 | Ages 4-8

David, the Magician, loves to perform magic but his favorite trick is not pulling a rabbit out of a hat or finding quarters behind the ears of children. Instead, David knows the magical power of books, which can explore dreams and develop creativity.

The Babysitter from Another Planet by Stephen Savage

Audience: Grades PreK-3 | Ages 4-8

The kids are in for a treat when their parents leave them with an extraterrestrial babysitter.

Beware! Space Junk! by Geronimo Stilton

Series: Spacemice, book 7

Audience: Grades 2-3 | Ages 7-10

Traveling to Cleanix to investigate why floating space junk has engulfed MouseStar 1, Geronimo finds that the planet’s alien inhabitants are extremely wasteful and face the threat of rebellion by the robots they’ve thrown in the trash.

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

Audience: Grades 3-7 | Ages 9-12

Min, a thirteen-year-old girl with fox-magic, stows away on a battle cruiser and impersonates a cadet in order to solve the mystery of what happened to her older brother in the Thousand World Space Forces.

Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke

Audience: Grades 3-7 | Ages 8-12

After learning that humans are headed toward his hidden home, Firedrake, a dragon, is joined by a brownie and an orphan boy in a quest for a legendary valley, finding friendly and unfriendly creatures, and struggling to evade an old enemy.

Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott

Audience: Grades 3-7 | Ages 8-12

In Brooklyn, nine-year-old Jax joins Ma, a curmudgeonly witch who lives in his building, on a quest to deliver three baby dragons to a magical world, and along the way discovers his true calling.

Hilo : The Great Big Boom by Judd Winick

Series: Hilo, book 3

Audience: Grades 3-7 | Ages 8-12

Hilo and DJ, with the help of Polly, the magical warrior cat, travel through a mysterious portal and battle bad guys, face disgusting food, an angry mom, and powerful magic to save their friend Gina.

The Force Oversleeps by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Series: Star Wars Jedi Academy, book 5

Audience: Grades 3-7 | Ages 8-12

Returning to the Jedi Academy, Victor struggles with his older sister’s upcoming graduation and contemplates returning to his old ways of being the class clown.

The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

Audience: Grades 3-7 | Ages 8-12

When twelve-year-old Farah and her two best friends get sucked into a mechanical board game called The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand, a puzzle game akin to a large Rubik’s cube, they know it is up to them to defeat the game’s diabolical architect in order to save themselves and those who are trapped inside, including her baby brother Ahmed.

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