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30+ Librarian-Recommended Sci-Fi Books for Youth

Core, a division of the American Library Association, just announced their 2021 Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists. Their selections include a diverse mix of engaging sci-fi reads for kids and teens.

Check out the full list:

Books for Kids Ages 6 and Under:

The Barnabus Project, by Terry Fan, Eric Fan, and Devin Fan

Field Trip to the Ocean Deep, by John Hare

A Jedi You Will Be, written by Preeti Chhibber and illustrated by Mike Deas

Llama Unleashes the Alpacalypse, written by Jonathan Stutzman and illustrated by Heather Fox

Mara the Space Traveler, by An Leysen

Mars' First Friends: Come on Over, Rovers!, written by Susanna Leonard Hill and illustrated by Elisa Paganelli

Robobaby, by David Wiesner

The Stray, by Molly Ruttan

Books for Kids Ages 7 to 11:

Alien Nate, by Dave Whamond

Bloom, by Kenneth Oppel

Cleo Porter and the Body Electric, by Jake Burt

Dragon Ops, by Mari Mancusi

Finn and the Intergalactic Lunchbox, by Michael Buckley

GenPet, by Damian Campanario, Mike Kennedy, and Alex Fuentes

Glitch, by Laura Martin

In the Red, by Christopher Swiedler

Jinxed, by Amy McCulloch

Last Pick, by Jason Walz

Mega-Dogs of New Kansas, by Dan Jolley and Jacques Khouri

Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe, by Carlos Hernandez

Books for Kids Ages 12 to 18:

Catfishing on Catnet, by Naomi Kritzer

The Cloven Book One, by Garth Stein and Matthew Southworth

Crown Chasers, by Rebecca Coffindaffer

Devastation Class, by Glen Zipper and Elaine Mongeon

Girl of Flesh and Metal, by Alicia Ellis

Hard Wired, by Len Vlahos

The Loop, by Ben Oliver

Malice, by Pintip Dunn

School for Extraterrestrial Girls #1: Girl on Fire, by Jeremy Whitley and Jamie Noguchi

Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything, by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

The Sound of Stars, by Alechia Dow

Swamp Thing: Twin Branches, by Maggie Stiefvater and Morgan Beem

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