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What is a good book to introduce a child to the science fiction genre?

  1. GinnyLee profile image90
    GinnyLeeposted 6 years ago

    What is a good book to introduce a child to the science fiction genre?

  2. Emma Harvey profile image91
    Emma Harveyposted 6 years ago

    I think it depends on the age of the child. My son has Dr Who books he likes to read and can associate them with the television program. Fantasy books are great for kids as they can start to use their imagination then go onto Sci Fi. Harry Potter is great, but I also like the Terry Pratchett books. He has written stories for all different ages. I like CS Lewis too - The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe is good to get started then maybe Tolkien's The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings books.  Then perhaps start introducing them to Stars Wars and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

  3. Cre8tor profile image97
    Cre8torposted 6 years ago

    If you can find it, "The Hero From Otherwhere". I believe it's stopped printing but I loved it as a child. (If you find it...let me know:-)

  4. FatFreddysCat profile image99
    FatFreddysCatposted 6 years ago

    Go old school... my 9 year old just read H.G. Wells' "The Time Machine" and enjoyed it.

  5. Brain Baldwin profile image73
    Brain Baldwinposted 6 years ago

    I introduced my son to Sci-Fi through Isaac Asimov’s novel treatment of Fantastic Voyage.  At the time he was in grade 5 and about to study the circulatory system in school and this book was an amazing way to learn about it.  This is one of those strange instances where the movie came before the book.  At the time, the special effects and portrayal of the inner workings of our complex bodies was groundbreaking.  The descriptions and images coming out of this story were realistic depictions of what goes on inside us a good 15 years before science had the technology to confirm it.
    The great thing here is that you can have your child read the book and then show the movie.  It is a rare opportunity to demonstrate the contrast between reading a novel and watching someone else’s interpretation of the same material.  Despite the movie coming first, it still started as a screenplay and the director made certain decisions.  Watch to see if your child recognizes the difference in the ending, specifically the contrived movie ending to save money and wrap things up fast.  You won’t be disappointed.

  6. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 6 years ago

    Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'engle.  It is a wonderful science fiction type story, also about coming of age and family ties.

  7. fitmom profile image82
    fitmomposted 6 years ago

    I second a lot of the other books mentioned. You definitely want to be careful about the maturity level of the book and what the child is ready for.

    One of my favorites is The Giver by Lois Lowry (and the books that follow it). They are great books for talking about some big topics.

    1. B98 Bookclub profile image77
      B98 Bookclubposted 8 weeks agoin reply to this

      The Giver is a great suggestion. It is interesting enough to hold anyone's attention, and it is educational.

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    Larry Wallposted 6 years ago

    Depending on age my choices are:

    From Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne

    The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

    And for the slightly older two books that are not pure science fiction, but have some connection to science fiction would be

    1984 by George Orwell

    Anthem by Ayn Rand

    Finally, make sure they see the move (original) The Day The Earth Stood Still

    The first two are pure science fiction, From Earth to the Moon foretold some actual events.

    The other two books fall into the category of social science fiction .

    The movie I suggested has science fiction elements but an excellent message.

  9. jpifer profile image57
    jpiferposted 6 years ago

    Depending on the age, The Hunger Games series.

  10. Ruby Rector profile image59
    Ruby Rectorposted 6 years ago

    The actual book depends on the age of the child.  Some of my favorites were:

    Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series 
    War of the World's by HG Wells
    Ringworld by Larry Niven

  11. shadowspyro99 profile image61
    shadowspyro99posted 6 years ago

    You could use doctor sues, or mysteries of michagen, Goosebumps I hope this helps.

  12. winbo profile image54
    winboposted 6 years ago

    Tintin such a nice book for children.. thank u

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    Krigenposted 6 years ago

    My favorite for a long time has been The Giver, by Lous Lowery.

  14. Mageplasm profile image60
    Mageplasmposted 6 years ago

    I agree with jpifer. The Hunger Games series is downright amazing. It's a fairly simple read for kids 4th grade and above.

  15. I Am Rosa profile image90
    I Am Rosaposted 6 years ago

    The first sci-fi book I remember reading is "My Robot Buddy" by Alfred Slote ... I *think* I was in grade 4 and I still have it in my personal library :-)

  16. inevitablesecrets profile image74
    inevitablesecretsposted 6 years ago

    Depending on the age of the child I'd recomend Ender's Game.  I know a lot of people and young teens who became hooked on the genre after reading that book.  For young children who are still being read too I really like Mars Needs Moms but whatever you don't watch the movie, it's really bad.

  17. RadicalRick profile image59
    RadicalRickposted 6 years ago

    As said, it depends on the age. A great book that remains to be one of my all time favorite books is Eragon. It's mainly geared for young adults but it's a pretty easy read filled with action, fantasy, sci fi, and adventure!

  18. lovetherain profile image82
    lovetherainposted 8 weeks ago

    A Wrinkle in Time