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A Reader's History of Science Fiction

Mar 7, 2022

Children's science fiction was pretty sparse historically, but it began to take off in the 1990s. In this episode, we explore how sci-fi for kids has changed and expanded over the most recent generation.

Book recommendations:
Middle grade (ages 8-12): Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
Chapter books (ages 6-10): Aliens for Breakfast by Stephanie Spinner and Jonathan Etra
Picture books: How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk

Farah Mendelsohn on children’s sci-fi.
1984 NYTimes article on book fairs.
Frankie Thomas on Animorphs.
K. A. Applegate on reposting her books.

Other books discussed:
My Teacher Is an Alien by Bruce Coville
Animorphs by K. A. Applegate
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne
Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey