Find these popular science fiction picture books for sci-fi-loving kids. Science fiction is a perfect genre for elementary-level kids. The stories are funny while being thought-provoking and creative. Humorous tales of aliens, robots are great read-aloud for kindergarten and above classrooms. These sci fi books are suitable for kindergarten to 3rd graders.
Science Fiction Picture Books for Grades K-3
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Boy and Bot
Boy and Bot is a funny human and robot friendship story. A boy and bot meet and spend the entire day playing together. Suddenly the bot gets switched off accidentally. The innocent boy thinks the bot is sick. He tries all the remedies like reading a book, etc. It does not help and the boy falls asleep eventually. The hilarious moment arrives when the bot gets powered on. In a laugh-out-loud role reversal, it tries to wake up the boy with help of the instruction manual. Read this book to a robot crazy preschooler. (Ages 2-5 years)
Astro Bunnies is an animal Sci-Fi picture book for babies to elementary kids. Meet the bunnies who get into their spacesuits and reach space using a rocket. They also work on many scientific things. The high-contrast pictures and adorable characters are suitable for babies. Each page has only 4 lines, making it a delightful read for beginner readers. (Ages 2-6 years)
Baloney is a hilarious alien picture book with silly words. Henry P. Baloney is an alien schoolkid, who is late for his szkola again! The fun begins when Miss Bugscuffle demands an explanation. Readers will read the explanation in twenty different languages. There are contextual clues to decode the meaning. And even a glossary at the end for the words used and their origin. (Ages 2-5 years)
Science No Fair!: Project Droid
Science No Fair!: Project Droid is a hilarious story of a 3rd grader with a robot cousin. Third-grader Logan gets a new cousin- a robot called Java. His peace is gone with Java on his toe always. When the school science fair starts, Logan thinks that Java can be of help, finally. However, the robot gets stolen. And the crazy school life gets even crazier. Check the entire Sci-Fi series from the mother-daughter author duo here. (Ages 5-9 years)
Rusty The Squeaky Robot
Rusty The Squeaky Robot is a great book for celebrating the robot theme. Meet Rusty, a robot who sounds different than other robots. As Rusty is unhappy, other robots from Planet Robotone get together to celebrate the difference with song and dance. The book reminds young readers to be confident and comfortable with themselves. (Age 3-6 years)
Misty the Cloud: A Very Stormy Day
Misty the Cloud is a fictional story about weather science. Introduce your preschooler Misty the Cloud. One morning she just woke up feeling grumpy. Throughout the day she experiences different moods like thunderstorms etc. And kids learn the reason behind thunder, lighting, and many such phenomena. The book also has a great lesson teaching kids that not all days are the same. And it is OK. The illustrations are jaw-droppingly beautiful. (Ages 3-7 years)
Harry and Horsie
Harry and Horsie is a Sci-Fi adventure novel. A small boy Harry sneaks out of his bed one night, along with his friend Horsie. They want to play with his Super Duper Bubble Blooper. However, Harry’s toys and Horsie get carried away by the bubble. Join Harry in his adventure as he goes on a rocket ship to look for them. The illustrations are done in retro comic style. (Ages 4-8 years)
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Earth to Clunk
Earth to Clunk is a hilarious and sweet friendship story across planets, for kindergarten and above. A young boy is asked to write to an alien named Clunk as part of a school project. He does so reluctantly. It gets annoying initially when Clunk sends him stuff. But then all the stuff stops. Now the boy is missing Clunk. Read to find the hilarious ending. The comedy is on-point and the artwork is vibrant. (Ages 4-8 years)
There’s Nothing to Do on Mars
There’s Nothing to Do on Mars encourages kids to explore and find ways to have fun. Davey Martin’s family moves to Mars. And the child discovers that there is nothing to do. Things change when one day Martin and his robot dog Polaris take off and embrace the spirit of adventure. They end up discovering water. The lesson here is to accept and make the most of any situation. The illustrations are amazing- Mars never looked this beautiful and alive! (Ages 4-8 years)
Wodney Wat’s Wobot
Wodney Wat’s Wobot is for the little kids who dream of owning a personal robot. Wodney the rodent is again set for a face-off against the big bully Camilla Capybara. But this time Woodney has a secret weapon – a talking robot. The charming story ends with the little guy winning against the big one. (Ages 4-7 years)
Hedgie Blasts Off!
Hedgie Blasts Off! is a fictional picture book starting with 1st graders. An underground vent in planet Mikkop is malfunctioning. Hedgie, the hedgehog of the caretaker scientist is sent to the planet to fix it. Hedgie fixes it and returns home to a hero’s welcome. The center foldout page offers extra fun for young readers. (Ages 4-8 years)
Tomatoes from Mars
Tomatoes from Mars is a picture book with alien tomatoes attack story. Tomatoes from Mars are attacking the Earth. They want to paint everything red. And make Earth the second red planet after Mars. The genius scientist Dr. Schtickle is called for help. His niece also chips in to help. Will their out-of-the-box solution help the situation? (Ages 4-8 years)
Clink portrays robotic emotions well. Clink the robot is upset. It is not as zazzy as other robot friends. So does not get picked by the kids. As it waits on the shelf, Clink spots a boy. Could this boy be just right for Clink? An interesting picture book for robot-obsessed preschoolers and kindergarteners. (Ages 4-7 years)
Aliens in Underpants Save the World
Aliens in Underpants Save the World is a wacky alien adventure picture book. Join the aliens in their adventure to save the world. The rhyming story is a fun preschool and kindergarten read-aloud. (Ages 4-7 years)
06/29/1999 is a humorous book by Caldecott medalist author Wiesner. Holly’s school science experiment gone horribly wrong. Now giant specimens of vegetables begin to grow in different regions on a Tuesday – June 29, 1999. Kids will surely delight with the account of huge broccoli reminiscent of the fallen tree in Hurricane. (Ages 4-7 years)
Oh No! Not Again!
Read Oh No! Not Again! and join a little girl in her time travel. The young girl protagonist gets a mere ‘A’ in her history test, on account of one wrong answer. So, she decides to make her wrong answer right, by traveling back to 33,000 BC. Now all she needs to do is build a time machine to take her back. This beginner reader picture book has one-two line on each page. (Ages 4-8 years)
Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot
Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot is a great start of a Sci-Fi series from bestselling author Dav Pilkey. Ricky Ricotta is a small mouse who always gets picked on. And then there is one mad scientist who created a Mighty Robot. An unlikely friendship begins between the mouse and the robot. Together can they save the village from the scientist’s evil plan? There are about 1-2 sentences on each page. Kindergarteners and above would love reading the book. (Ages 4-8 years)
Space Case is a funny read-aloud book for 5 years old and above. Aliens have visited the earth from outer space. But it is Halloween time. One mistaken identity after another follows. First, they were thought to be trick-or-treaters. Then mistaken for robots. What are the poor aliens to do. The whimsy artwork matches the mood of the book well. (Ages 5-8 years)
Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-This-World Moon-Pie Adventure
Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-This-World Moon-Pie Adventure is a fun elementary read-aloud. Young Jimmy loves Moon-pie. But his mother does not let him have one before dinner. Being an imaginative child, Jimmy takes off to the Moon, Mars, Milkyway. Read about his dangerous encounters. The book has a lot of fun & outrageous words and phrases. (Age 5-9 years)
Mars Needs Moms!
Mars Needs Moms! has aliens teaching kids the value of mothers. Milo like many other kids does not see anything special in his mother. But then Martians land on Earth. They want mothers, Milo’s mother. The confused child finally figures out what makes a mother. Get this for mother’s day. (Ages 5-8 years)
Hello, Nebulon!- Galaxy Zack
Explore a different galaxy with Jack in Hello, Nebulon! Jack is worried about attending a new school on a new planet – Nebulon. All the fictional stories about slimy aliens play in his mind. But Nebulon is nothing like that. He even makes a new friend, Drake. Give this book to your elementary kids. Pretty soon he or she would want to go to Nebulon too. (Ages 5-7 years)
Game Over, Super Rabbit Boy!
Game Over, Super Rabbit Boy! is a realistic fiction early chapter book. Get into a video game with young Sunny. Meanie King Viking stole the Singing Dog. His villainous robot army is spreading the dread around. Now Super Rabbit Boy is called to save the day. The adventure starts. A great book for video game-loving kids. Check out the entire Press Start! series here. (Ages 5-7 years)
More Sci-Fi Books For 3rd Graders
Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor
Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor mixes science with imagination. This is the first book from the New York Times bestselling Frank Einstein chapter book series. Genius inventor and a child, Frank Einstein, is trying to figure out how the world works. Wacky humor, silly characters keep the children entertained throughout the story. The picture book series is suitable for primary graders. (Ages 8-12 years)
Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth
Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth starts the super fun Sci-Fi Hilo series. DJ Kim is an ordinary boy leading a boring school life. Then Hilo enters his life, directly dropping from the sky. Hilo has difficulty understanding regular school rules. Strange things start happening around the town. Now D.J. and his friend Gina are trying to help Hilo understand his origin. (Ages 8-12 years)
House of Robots
Read what happens when a child takes a robot to school in House of Robots. Sammy’s mother is a genius scientist, and she builds robots. Their house is full of them. However, one day his mother insists that Sammy takes her newest invention, a talking robot, to school. Go on a roller-coaster ride with Sammy as things shake up in school. (Ages 8-12 years)