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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, March 23rd 2017:

Slumbering
Various
Sixteen-year-old Hamilton Dinger leads a charmed life. He’s got the grades for the top of the class, the abilities of a star athlete and Tetris player, and the charisma to get away with anything. Everything seems to be going along perfectly, including his plans to ask...
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...
Shadow Born
Various
Like fantasy? Love mysteries and conspiracies? Have we got a story for you…Gabriel Frost is a genetically engineered assassin who has no idea where he came from or what he is. He only dreams of living a normal life. Unfortunately, the dark secrets from Gabriel’s pas...
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...
Fantasy of Frost
Various
Fantasy of Frost is the first action-packed title in The Tainted Accords.      Sometimes it takes death to show you how to live.      ***************************************************************************I know many things. What I am capable of, what I wil...
Time Zero
Various
Fifteen-year-old Mina Clark lives in a future Manhattan that is ruled by extremists. Girls aren’t allowed to get an education, they need permission to speak to boys, and all marriages are negotiated by contract. But Mina’s grandmother has secretly been teaching her ...
Morval Grust: The Forgotten
Various
Morval Grust is dedicated to all the makers, explorers and visionaries—those individuals who are bold enough to follow their passion and live by their own rules.There's something strange about Azil Grage. No, it has nothing to do with the fact that she's made of metal...
The Chimpanzees
Various
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...
The Way
Various
‘I have a story’, that’s what my name means. Tarik, my father named me, but he’s dead now and so is my mother. They all are and I …… I’m alone. The sound of the war giants hammering on the citadel gates stills rings in my ears. The fire warriors killed the...
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under
Various
Originally serialized between March 1869 and June 1870, Jules Verne’s “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” is one of the greatest underwater sea adventures of all time. It is the story of Professor Pierre Aronnax who sets off aboard an American frigate to inves...

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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