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Science Fiction for Young Readers

Whether your child's interest in robots and aliens is a passing phase or here to stay, check out this great list of science fiction picture books guaranteed to inspire and ignite your little one's imagination. What's more exciting than Pluto being reinstated as a planet? You can check out 60 books with your Richland Library card and when you've finished this list, just call your closest Richland Library location and the staff will recommend more titles for your future explorer of the cosmos.


Amazon Says: Green Wilma is so determined to catch a tasty fly that she doesn?t notice a family of galactic visitors to her pond. In a case of mistaken identity, the alien parents beam Wil more...
Amazon Says: Green Wilma is so determined to catch a tasty fly that she doesn?t notice a family of galactic visitors to her pond. In a case of mistaken identity, the alien parents beam Wilma on board their spaceship while leaving their child, Blooger, behind. Poor Blooger, stuck on the bewildering planet Earth. Poor Wilma, hungry and confused (though also having the ride of her life!). Will the two be able to switch back in time for supper? It?s a warp-speed comedy sure to please the fans of Tedd Arnold?s Geisel Honor?winning Hi! Fly Guy, his beloved Parts books, and especially Green Wilma, which was an IRA-CBC Children?s Choice book and a PBS Storytime featured selection. less...
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Mars Needs Moms! by Berkeley Breathed
Amazon Says: Milo doesn't get it: What's the big deal about moms? They're just slave-driving broccoli bullies. Yet they are worshipped the world over! Perhaps even the galaxy over-because more...
Amazon Says: Milo doesn't get it: What's the big deal about moms? They're just slave-driving broccoli bullies. Yet they are worshipped the world over! Perhaps even the galaxy over-because here come Martians and they're after one thing only: moms. Milo's mom in particular! That's quite a long way to come for a mom-could it be that Milo has been overlooking something special? less...
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Bob's Best-Ever Friend by Simon Bartram
Amazon Says: Bob is feeling glum. His friends Billy and Sam are off visiting a pet show on Pluto, there are no space tourists to entertain, and Bob is bored. What he needs is a best-ever f more...
Amazon Says: Bob is feeling glum. His friends Billy and Sam are off visiting a pet show on Pluto, there are no space tourists to entertain, and Bob is bored. What he needs is a best-ever friend, to help him with intergalactic missions and jigsaw puzzles — but, being Bob, he doesn’t seem to notice the potential furry friend who is begging for his attention! This edition also includes the greatest glow-in-the-dark poster in the galaxy. less...
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Mickey Moonbeam by Mike Brownlow
Amazon Says: Mickey Moonbeam can hardly wait for his pen pal Quiggle to visit for the very first time. Quiggle lives on a planet far away, and the two friends have never met. But when Quig more...
Amazon Says: Mickey Moonbeam can hardly wait for his pen pal Quiggle to visit for the very first time. Quiggle lives on a planet far away, and the two friends have never met. But when Quiggle crash-lands on an asteroid, it's Mickey who answers his distress call, jumping into his trusty rocket and blasting off to help. There's just one problem. When Mickey lands his spaceship and begins to look around, Quiggle is no where in sight…or is he? Bold, graphic illustrations set the stage for an adventurous story about a galactic rescue only a pint-sized hero could manage. less...
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Noah and the Space Ark by Laura Cecil
Amazon Says: Many years in the future when the Earth has become too polluted to support life, Noah and his family build a space ark and take the animals and plants that are still surviving more...
Amazon Says: Many years in the future when the Earth has become too polluted to support life, Noah and his family build a space ark and take the animals and plants that are still surviving to search for a new home. less...
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Lilliput 5357 by Stefan Czernecki
Amazon Says: KER-POW! KA-BOOM! KRUUUUUNCH! Bullies have destroyed the playground. Where will robot Liliput 5357 play now? Young readers can climb into the spaceship and blast off with Lili more...
Amazon Says: KER-POW! KA-BOOM! KRUUUUUNCH! Bullies have destroyed the playground. Where will robot Liliput 5357 play now? Young readers can climb into the spaceship and blast off with Liliput as he searches for a friendly planet to call his own. This fantastic adventure was designed in Japan by Katsumi Hirotani and features Japanese sound characters of the kind found in comic books. The photos that illustrate the book come from a collection of retro tin robots manufactured by Shylling and Rocket USA as well as antique tin toys from several private collections. less...
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Amazon Says: When the kids come back to school after a rainy spring vacation, they find that everything is covered with slimy green and purple fuzz. It's fungus! But where did it come from more...
Amazon Says: When the kids come back to school after a rainy spring vacation, they find that everything is covered with slimy green and purple fuzz. It's fungus! But where did it come from? And how on earth can they get rid of it? less...
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Amazon Says: On a dark and scary Halloween night, Sheldon the short-order pig is out looking for work when his car breaks down. Gathering up his courage, he approaches an ominous-looking m more...
Amazon Says: On a dark and scary Halloween night, Sheldon the short-order pig is out looking for work when his car breaks down. Gathering up his courage, he approaches an ominous-looking mansion and enters the twisted world of Dr. Edmund Vermin! Will poor Sheldon escape or be forever trapped in Dr. Vermin’s laboratory? Things aren’t what they seem in Tim Egan’s latest zany tale of ravishing wolves, giant pigs and . . . horseradish! less...
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Toys in Space by Mini Grey
Amazon Says: A very silly (not-too-scary) story about losing a beloved toy. That summer night, the toys were left outside. . . . For the very first time, the Wonderdoll, the helpful wind- more...
Amazon Says: A very silly (not-too-scary) story about losing a beloved toy. That summer night, the toys were left outside. . . . For the very first time, the Wonderdoll, the helpful wind-up robot, the thoughtful green dinosaur, and the rest of their plucky gang lie in the grass, gazing up at the stars. But one star seems brighter than the rest. As it grows bigger and bigger, the toys realize it may not be a star at all! Soon they're venturing into the unknown, traveling by spaceship, where they meet a lonely alien in need of help, and some friends.     From ever-inventive, award-winning author-illustrator Mini Grey comes a hilarious and heartfelt new adventure: a motley group of toys left outside in the garden become true friends and brave heroes--in space! less...
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Amazon Says: Mungo was really enjoying his new book "Galacticus and Gizmo Save the Universe". The dashing hero, Captain Galacticus, had just been captured by the evil Dr Frankenstinker and more...
Amazon Says: Mungo was really enjoying his new book "Galacticus and Gizmo Save the Universe". The dashing hero, Captain Galacticus, had just been captured by the evil Dr Frankenstinker and things didn't look good. Mungo couldn't wait to find out what happened next, but when he turned over, the last page was missing! Who would foil Dr Frankenstinker's dastardly plan? Who would save the universe now? There was nothing for it - Mungo took a deep breath and jumped into the story ...and his very own space odyssey! With a lot of courage and a little help from a Vroom-101 spaceship, Mungo saved the day (and the universe) and became the youngest ever member of Star Squadron. less...
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Amazon Says: GREEP BOINK MEEP! The three little aliens are happily settling into their new homes when the Big Bad Robot flies in to crack and smack and whack their houses down! A chase acr more...
Amazon Says: GREEP BOINK MEEP! The three little aliens are happily settling into their new homes when the Big Bad Robot flies in to crack and smack and whack their houses down! A chase across the solar system follows in this out-of-this-world version of the classic Three Little Pigs tale. Margaret McNamara (How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?) and Mark Fearing (The Book that Eats People) have created a humorous and visually stunning story that kids will adore—and that will introduce them to the planets and the solar system. The endpapers even include a labeled diagram of all the planets. less...
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Amazon Says: Tinker and Tom can't get to sleep one night, so they gaze out the window. Suddenly a star streaks through the sky--a baby star that's lost and looking for its mother, says Tom more...
Amazon Says: Tinker and Tom can't get to sleep one night, so they gaze out the window. Suddenly a star streaks through the sky--a baby star that's lost and looking for its mother, says Tom--and lands in their backyard. And from a spaceship that looks more like a trash can pops the Star BAby. less...
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Plantzilla by Jerdine Nolen
Amazon Says: Mortimer Henryson loves Plantzilla, the plant he's been taking care of all year in his third-grade classroom. He loves him so much, he takes him home for summer vacation. What more...
Amazon Says: Mortimer Henryson loves Plantzilla, the plant he's been taking care of all year in his third-grade classroom. He loves him so much, he takes him home for summer vacation. What could go wrong with a . . . plant? But life in the Henryson household soon takes a strange turn. A pot roast disappears, then steaks from the grill--and where has Mrs. Henryson's prize Chihuahua gone? In this hilarious story told ingeniously through letters, Jerdine Nolen and David Catrow team up to show that when there's enough love, even the most unlikely character can become part of a family. less...
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Amazon Says: Planet Jurassica is under siege. The sinister space pirates have raided the Imperial palace and stolen the famous Jewels of Jurassica. This looks like a job for . . . Captain more...
Amazon Says: Planet Jurassica is under siege. The sinister space pirates have raided the Imperial palace and stolen the famous Jewels of Jurassica. This looks like a job for . . . Captain Raptor!. . . hero of a thousand space missions; champion of truth, justice, and dinosaurs in space throughout the galaxy. If anyone can track down those marauding space pirates, it's Captain Raptor and the fearless crew of the Megatooth! less...
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Cosmo and the Robot by Brian Pinkney
Amazon Says: Cosmo lives on Mars. He has a big sister named Jewel (but she's a pain) and a robot named Rex (but he's broken). Cosmo's luck is about to change, though, because his parents h more...
Amazon Says: Cosmo lives on Mars. He has a big sister named Jewel (but she's a pain) and a robot named Rex (but he's broken). Cosmo's luck is about to change, though, because his parents have just given him a new Solar System Utility Belt with these ten supersonic attachments:Sun Laser-Beam FlashlightMercury Magneto WrenchVenus Antenna-Speaker PhoneEarth Electro-Optic PliersMars Micro-Radar Homing DeviceJupiter Coil CableSaturn Ring ScrewdriverUranus Ultra-Magnifying GlassNepture Specimen BagPluto Maxi-Scope BinocularsWith a belt like that, anything is possible ... less...
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Baloney by Jon Scieszka
Amazon Says: The twisted team that gave the world Squids Will Be Squids and The Stinky Cheese Man now delivers a whole lot of Baloney. Henry P. Baloney. Henry is an alien schoolkid who n more...
Amazon Says: The twisted team that gave the world Squids Will Be Squids and The Stinky Cheese Man now delivers a whole lot of Baloney. Henry P. Baloney. Henry is an alien schoolkid who needs to come up with one very good excuse to explain why he is late for szkola, again. Otherwise, his teacher Miss Bugscuffle promises, it's Permanent Lifelong Detention. Henry's tall tale of his lost zimulis-received from deep space by Jon Scieszka-is told in at least twenty different Earth languages and graphically recreated in Lane Smith's out-of-this-world illustrations. The unbelievable trip into Henry's wild universe may be the most original excuse ever for being late for szkola. Or it might just be Baloney. Henry P. Baloney. less...
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Robot Zot! by Jon Scieszka
Amazon Says: From the minds of Scieszka and Shannon comes a tale of a quixotic robot determined to conquer the earth. The only problem is that the earth he lands on is a suburban kitchen a more...
Amazon Says: From the minds of Scieszka and Shannon comes a tale of a quixotic robot determined to conquer the earth. The only problem is that the earth he lands on is a suburban kitchen and he is three inches tall. Robot Zot, the fearless and unstoppable warrior, leaves a trail of destruction as he encounters blenders, toasters, and televisions. But when he discovers the princess...a pink cell phone...his mission takes a new course. Robot Zot must learn how to be a hero - in the name of true love. less...
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Amazon Says: Students, heed this little rhyme: When it's science project time, Do not make goop, or glop, or grime, And never mess with mutant slime. more...
Amazon Says: Students, heed this little rhyme: When it's science project time, Do not make goop, or glop, or grime, And never mess with mutant slime. less...
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Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg
Amazon Says: On the last page of the Caldecott-winning book Jumanji, young Danny Budwing is seen running after his brother, Walter, with a game tucked under his arm. Now after twenty years more...
Amazon Says: On the last page of the Caldecott-winning book Jumanji, young Danny Budwing is seen running after his brother, Walter, with a game tucked under his arm. Now after twenty years, Chris Van Allsburg is ready to reveal what happens when Danny and Walter roll the dice. This time the name of the game is Zathura and the battling Budwing boys are in for the ride of their lives. Zathura unleashes intergalactic challenges that require even the quarreling Budwing brothers to work as a team. Zathura hit bestseller lists when it was first published in 2002 and it's sure to visit them again this fall, along with an exciting selection of six movie tie-in editions when Zathura blasts into movie theatres nationwide! less...
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Amazon Says: In the first reading experience of its kind, blast off on a journey through twenty-six feet of continuous vertical art, which reads beautifully no matter which cover you star more...
Amazon Says: In the first reading experience of its kind, blast off on a journey through twenty-six feet of continuous vertical art, which reads beautifully no matter which cover you start from. Begin at one end, and you're on the ocean floor; follow a creature along a bright yellow trail up into deep space to his alien family's embrace. Or, start from the other end and follow an alien floating down into the depths of the ocean to rest. Whether journeying home or heading to bed, enjoy a satisfying and surprising trip from rising star Frank Viva. less...
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Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner
Amazon Says: A 2014 Caldecott Honor Book In a near wordless masterpiece that could only have been devised by David Wiesner, a cat named Mr. Wuffles doesn't care about toy mice or t more...
Amazon Says: A 2014 Caldecott Honor Book In a near wordless masterpiece that could only have been devised by David Wiesner, a cat named Mr. Wuffles doesn't care about toy mice or toy goldfish. He’s much more interested in playing with a little spaceship full of actual aliens—but the ship wasn't designed for this kind of rough treatment. Between motion sickness and damaged equipment, the aliens are in deep trouble.When the space visitors dodge the cat and take shelter behind the radiator to repair the damage, they make a host of insect friends. The result? A humorous exploration of cooperation between aliens and insects, and of the universal nature of communication involving symbols, “cave” paintings, and gestures of friendship. less...
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Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino
Amazon Says: Doug is a robot. His parents want him to be smart, so each morning they plug him in and start the information download. After a morning spent learning facts about the city, Do more...
Amazon Says: Doug is a robot. His parents want him to be smart, so each morning they plug him in and start the information download. After a morning spent learning facts about the city, Doug suspects he could learn even more about the city by going outside and exploring it. And so Doug . . . unplugs. What follows is an exciting day of adventure and discovery. Doug learns amazing things by doing and seeing and touching and listening—and above all, by interacting with a new friend. Dan Yaccarino's funny story of robot rebellion is a great reminder that sometimes the best way to learn about the world is to go out and be in it. less...
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Amazon Says: Commander Toad and his crew are back in another comic outer space adventure! When Commander Toad finds a new planet that seems the ideal place for a picnic for his tired cr more...
Amazon Says: Commander Toad and his crew are back in another comic outer space adventure! When Commander Toad finds a new planet that seems the ideal place for a picnic for his tired crew, he and Lieutenant Lily go down to look around first, only to be swallowed up by giant grapes. Is this the end for the brave crew of the Star Warts? Or can Doc Peeper, the ship's medical officer, help them escape from the Planet of the Grapes? less...
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