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Children’s Classics

You might as well build a child’s imagination early with this list of high-quality and free speculative fiction books for  young people. Be sure to keep checking back as the list changes periodically.

What is Speculative Fiction for Children?

Speculative fiction for children includes such classics as A Wrinkle in Time, The Phantom Tollbooth, and even the more contemporary Harry Potter series. Some people even consider Charlotte’s Web to be a sort of fantasy book since the animals have lively dialogues with each other.  Of course, children can find old favorites and new classics here as the list of free speculative fiction books for children changes a couple of times a day.

It is also fair to say that many adults reading books that are marked as children or young adult books as these novels have many layers.

The top 10 free eBooks for youth science fiction, fantasy, and related genres was last updated on Wednesday, October 18th 2017:

Speculative Fiction Defined

Robert Heinlein, a famous science fiction author, gets the credit for defining the term, speculative fiction, back in the 1940s. This term has come to include science fiction, horror, and fantasy. Of course, many expand the definition to also include other genres such as apocalyptic fiction, alternative history, and magical realism.

This term is more convenient to use than precise genre names in many cases. This is really for two reasons:

  • Many speculative fiction stories don’t fit so neatly into the genres mentioned above. One famous example is Tarzan. Another might be Charlotte’s Web.
  • Many stories combine elements of more than one genre, so it’s easier to just combine them under the umbrella of speculative fiction instead of trying to pin them down.

Is Speculative Fiction Just for Children?

People of almost every age enjoy one or more of these popular genres. While “A Wrinkle in Time” is considered a children’s book, the author said that she tended to write a children’s books when she wanted to cover a topic that was too complex to turn into an adult book! Of course, some popular fantasy books are really meant for older readers, and one popular example is “Game of Thrones.” Younger readers might want to start with “The Hobbit” or “The Lord of the Rings” and save “A Song of Ice and Fire” until they are older. At any rate, with the span of time between GRR Martin books, it might be better to wait a few years until they are all published!

Speculative Fiction Inspires the Future

Of course, many adults began reading science fiction and fantasy when they were young people.Lots of famous inventors, scientists, and world leaders will credit their inspiration to fantastic stories that they read when they were children. Lots of inventions, from cell phones to medical scanners, were inspired by Star Trek.Who knows what the next generation will invent? All that can be said is that it is safe to assume that tomorrow’s reality will be inspired by today’s science fiction and fantasy.

 

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