Children have vivid imagination. The stories they read give direction to that imagination. Tales of space and science expand their horizons, and that is why it is essential to give them the right books. Here we list some of the best science fiction stories for kids. Some of these books have inspired many of us and gave wings to our imagination.
Best Science Fiction Stories For Kids
The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet
The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet is a story to two kids and their journey to Basidium, a tiny and hidden but inhabited moon of the earth. The book is available in paperback and hardcover. With illustrations, this book is a must in every kids collection.
Phoenix by SF Said is one of those sci-fi stories that adults would as much enjoy as kids would. This highly commended book is available in paperback and hardcover as well as in ebook and audiobook formats.
A Journey To The Centre Of The Earth
Needless to say, Jules Verne’s A Journey to the centre of the Earth is still one of the most asked for science fiction stories for kids. It was penned in 1864 and even after a century and a half, this novel captivates kids and adults equally.
A Journey to the Center of the Earth: The Graphic Novel
This classic novel has been made into films and seen many adaptations and the graphic novel version is here. Sometimes it is easier to rouse a child’s interest with illustrations. If you are looking for a really good graphic novel, gift your child this one.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Another Jules Verne classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea still makes us wonder about our beautiful and unexplored oceans. Jules Verne is one of the best storytellers the world has ever seen, and his books are one of the best ways to shape a child’s young mind.
Boy In The Tower
Boy in the Tower is one of those contemporary books sought after by both children and adults. This was school-teacher Polly Ho-Yen debut novel.
The story is based on a character named Ade who lives with his mother in a tower. The top of the tower is his vantage point of the world. The tower is meant to keep them away from the world but little Ade is curious. However, one day the safety of the tower is no more and their wits are the way to their survival.
Boy and Bot
An adorable little book, Boy and Bot is one of the nicest science fiction stories for kids out there. A story of a boy and his robot who are fast friends, this simple story imparts ideas that make children think and understand the basics of friendships.
The book is best suited for children of about 5 years of age. This is one of those stories that kids would want to listen before they go to sleep.
The Time Machine
The classic novel is more suited for young adults and teenagers but it is one book that every kid should read. The Time Machine by HG wells is one of the timeless sci-fi stories. Written in 1895, it has hugely popular ever since. It has been adapted many times and made into a film in 2002.
Books like The Time Machine expand our minds and both kids and adult need it.
Lunch Walks Among Us
A well written story by Jim Benton, Lunch Walks Among Us is a book every kid needs to read. This is the story of Franny, a genius child and an outcast in her class because she is different. Although she is way more intelligent than the rest of her class, she yearns to be ‘normal’. She wants to fit in like everyone.
What makes this book one of the recommended science fiction stories for kids is that every kid faces this challenge more or less. Every child wants to fit in and be popular, no matter if it means numbing themselves down. Is it right? Let them read Franny’s story to find it out.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom: The Junior Novelization
Dinosaurs may scare kids but they also enthrall them. No wonder Jurassic Park became mega successful. Encourage children to learn about the lost worlds and these ancient animals. They are the future of the earth and for that they need to know our past.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a simplified novel quite suitable for kids.
The Many Worlds of Albie Bright
You will love The Many Worlds of Albie Bright, no matter what your age is. It is one of the most heart touching science fiction stories for kids and young adults ever written.
Stephen Albie Bright is a happy boy born to parents who are both astrophysicists. Sadly his world is shattered when his mother passes away. When he comes to know from his father about parallel worlds and the possibility that his mother may still be there in one those dimensions, the boy is determined to reach her. Can he do it?
Best Indian Sci-fi Short Stories
Some of the best short stories in science fiction in the world has been penned by the legendary director and writer Satyajit Ray. His books have been translated to many languages around the world. His most famous sci-fi character is Professor Shonku, a genius scientist living in the quiet town of Giridih.
The Exploits of Professor Shonku: The Diary of a Space Traveller
Professor Shonku is one of the most imaginative and interesting characters ever created in literature. The genius scientist, like in real life, is hailed globally more than he is known in India. He lives in a quiet life in a small town where he creates superb inventions in his humble lab.
What makes Professor Shonku timeless and definitely one of the best science fiction stories for kids (and adults) is the humble ‘Indian-ness’ to it. His knowledge and use of local ingredients instead of expensive chemicals to create one of a kind inventions is down to earth and adorable. It does in a way remind us of great scientists like Jagadish Chandra Bose.
The original Shonku tales were written in Bengali but here is the English version for you.
Shanku Samagra (Bengali)
If you want to real charm of the stories, read the stories in Bengali itself.
The Collected Short Stories by Satyajit Ray
This is a collection of forty-nine short stories by Satyajit Ray translated in English, many of those being popular science fiction stories like The Pterdactyl’s Egg and The Hungry Septopus. But the most famous of these stories is probably Bonku Babu’s Friend.
Bonku Babu’s Friend was the story that gave rise to all our favourite alien movies that we know today. Bonku Babu’s Friend was first published in the Sandesh magazine in 1962. Later Ray was asked to write a script for Hollywood film The Alien. Unfortunately due to a dishonest agent in Hollywood, the film was stalled due to legal complications. Years later, Steven Spielberg came across this script and this led to the creation of his movie, The ET. A string of other films followed after that by various filmmakers, loosely based on the same script.
In a way, Bonku Babu started a new era in the movie industry.
Best Collectible Books For Children
On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein
A beautifully illustrated book, this is a biographical journey on the great scientist Albert Einstein. Einstein’s journey is truly inspirational. This great mind struggled in his studies in childhood. But it was curiosity that kept him going and become one of the greatest minds to walk on earth.
This is one of the best gifts you can ever give to a child. Get it here.
First Dinosaur Encyclopedia
Kids are naturally curious. They want to know about space and earth. Dinosaurs in their myriad forms capture their attention. Gift them this one of a kind Dinosaur Encyclopedia. Full of pictures and easy to read references, this will keep a child occupied for hours.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: The Classic Illustrated Storybook
When Bonku Babu’s Ang became the ET the movie, it was a historical moment in 1982. It kind of started a new era in our storytelling. We looked up to space and believed in life out there. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: The Classic Illustrated Storybook is a wonderful illustrated retelling of the story.
Not only is this the best gift but it is also one of the best science fiction stories for kids you ever buy.