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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 Thursday, June 22nd 2017:

Elevated: A YA Sci-Fi Fantasy
Various
Most kids can't wait until Elevated Day, when they can finally unlock their hidden superpower. Rose remains a skeptic. While the treatment reveals a power, the outcome is irreversible and abilities can range from amazing to a nuisance. On top of that, she holds a deep r...
A Perilous Assignment
Various
The Order of the Moonstone is not just another shadowy underground resistance operation.They have a much more sinister purpose.Kayden is about to find out just how sinister.Go back to the very beginning with us... see how Kayden was chosen for her most important and mos...
The Variant Saga: Books 1
Various
200 years after the world ends, their future begins. In 2157, a mysterious gas known as Variant spreads across the globe, killing or mutating most organic life. The surviving humans take refuge in an underground city, determined to return home. But after generations o...
Tearing the Veil
Various
They trained us well. Power punctuated our every move, driving fear into the intended target. Who would stand against them?Braxton Luther, the sellout. Now a part of the Den, he’s determined to make good on Eliza Knight’s faith in him—to be more than what he’d s...
Veiled
Various
"I have always existed, not just me but all of us, the un-embodied spirits who wait to live.”Tess is an unborn spirit, who is about to embark on a much awaited journey into mortality to a brand new planet called Earth. She is chosen by the Eternals for an important mi...
Other Worlds: Writing Prompts
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Science Fiction and Fantasy are two genres easy to get lost in. They are two genres where literally anything can happen. For a science-fiction or fantasy author, the dream is to go boldly where no one has gone before, but sometimes the writing seems to be going nowhere ...
Spinning-Wheel Stories
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*This Book is annotated (it contains a detailed biography of the author). *An active Table of Contents has been added by the publisher for a better customer experience. *This book has been checked and corrected for spelling errors. A collection of twelve heart warming s...
The Chimpanzees
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In an overcrowded solar system of 500 Billion people, an escaped prisoner on a stolen transport is burning towards a mysterious comet high above the ecliptic between the asteroid belt and Jupiter. Captain Maximillian Keppler's cruiser is commandeered by an enigmatic Sc...
Left Behind Book One: The
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“Massively engaging . . . Expertly crafted, I was kept gripped by this right up to the end . . . ” Rebecca Gransden, author of anemogram, What would you do if everything you were taught about your home planet was a lie? What would you do if you were Left Behind?ENDI...
The Mussel Eater
Various
"I was curious,” she says, when he asks her. She has seen him eyeing her, seen him moving closer, and holds out one of her hands. It is stronger than his, and the nails are pointed. “Are you curious, too?”Karitoki is fascinated by the Pania, who beckons him with h...

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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