All Articles » Librarians’ Favorite Sci-Fi Books for Kids and Teens

Librarians’ Favorite Sci-Fi Books for Kids and Teens

Book covers: The Babysitter from Another Planet, Out There, I Hope You Get This Message, The Strangers, We're Not From Here, The Pioneer

Members of the Library and Information Technology Association (a division of the American Library Association) have put together an out-of-this-world list of recent science fiction books for young readers. Their picks include options for kids of all ages, with titles aimed at readers from pre-school through 12th grade.

Here are there 30+ picks:

Books for Early Readers

Field Trip to the Moon, by John Hare

Hello, by Aiko Ikegami

How to be on the Moon, by Viviane Schwarz

Out There, by Tom Sullivan

The Babysitter From Another Planet, by Stephen Savage

The Space Walk, by Brian Biggs

Ultrabot's First Playdate, by Josh Schneider

Good Boy, by Sergio Ruzzier

Llama Destroys the World, by Jonathan Stutzman (writer) and Heather Fox (illustrator)

Books for Kids Age 7 to 11

Awesome Dog 5000, by Justin Dean

Cog, by Greg van Eekhout

Field Trip (Sanity and Tallulah #2), by Molly Brooks

Friendroid, by M. M. Vaughan

Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat, by Johnny Marciano & Emily Chenoweth

Maximillian Fly, by Angie Sage

The Owls Have Come to Take Us Away, by Ronald L. Smith

The Greystone Secrets #1: The Strangers, by Margaret Peterson Haddix

We're Not From Here, by Geoff Rodkey

The Unspeakable Unknown, by Eliot Sappingfield

Seventh Grade vs the Galaxy, by Joshua S. Levy

Books for Kids Age 12 to 17

Alien: Echo, by Mira Grant

Aurora Rising, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Girls With Sharp Sticks, by Suzanne Young

The Hive, by Barry Lyga and Morgan Baden

The Pioneer, by Bridget Tyler

How We Became Wicked, by Alexander Yates

The Waning Age, by S.E. Grove

The Fever King, by Victoria Lee

War Girls, by Tochi Onyebuchi

I Hope You Get This Message, by Farah Rishi

Honor Bound, by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre

For more information about these titles, visit the Science Fiction Notables website.

Subscribe to the I Love Libraries newsletter for even more great book recommendations from librarians.

Scroll to Top