Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists

Given by Core Committee Recognizing Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction

Other Names: LITA Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists, Golden Duck Award
330 Works 279,052 Books 12,602 Reviews 4.1
The Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists are designed to encourage good science fiction literature for children. Science fiction books use (future) science and show more technology rather than fantasy or magic. The Lists will be announced every year at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

The purpose of the Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists is to identify Science Fiction books that have the most interest and appeal to three age groups:

Picture books for preschool and early readers, ages up to 6 years old (Golden Duck List);

Illustrated chapter books or short novels for grade school students, ages 7—11 (Eleanor Cameron List);

YA books for teens, ages 12—18 (Hal Clement List).

Charge

The Core Committee Recognizing Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction is charged with selecting, annotating, and presenting for publication annually a list of notable children’s science fiction books of the preceding calendar year. The Committee reads extensively during the year and at the ALA Midwinter Meeting announces the Lists of those titles they believe to be notable. The Lists are intended to assist children, their parents and librarians in selecting books to read and to encourage them to seek out those that are considered notable among the many books available in bookstores and libraries. While it is not expected that every library of all sizes and types will necessarily select all of the books listed, it is hoped that children will find these books to be accessible.

The Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists being supported by ALA Core is a continuation of the Golden Duck Awards given annually from 1992-2016.

Administered by:

The Core Committee Recognizing Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction
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Stages:
All, Selection (208), Winner (105), Finalist (17)
Categories:
Years:
All, 2024 (30), 2023 (27), 2022 (27), 2021 (32), 2020 (31), 2019 (33), 2018 (28), 2017 (1), 2016 (3), 2015 (3), 2014 (4), 2013 (3), 2012 (18), 2011 (3), 2010 (4), 2009 (4), 2008 (4), 2007 (4), 2006 (4), 2005 (3), 2004 (3), 2003 (8), 2002 (3), 2001 (3), 2000 (4), 1999 (16), 1998 (5), 1997 (5), 1996 (4), 1995 (3), 1994 (3), 1993 (3), 1992 (3)
Announced:
January 22: 2024 Recent

Selection 208

WorkCategoryYear
The girl who built a spider by George BrewingtonEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2024
Alebrijes by Donna Barba HigueraEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2024
Futureland: Battle for the Park by H. D. HunterEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2024
The Ruby Code by Jessica KhouryEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2024
Jurassic Jeff: Space Invader (Jurassic Jeff Book 1) by Royden LeppEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2024
Gnome Is Where Your Heart Is by Casey LyallEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2024
The Rhythm of Time by QuestloveEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2024
I Am the Walrus (The N.O.A.H Files, 1) by Neal ShustermanEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2024
The Bright Family: Vacation (Volume 2) by Gabriel SoriaEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2024
Billie Blaster and the Robot Army from Outer Space by Laini TaylorEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2024
A Funny Thing Happened After School . . . by Davide CaliGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2024
Pluto Rocket: New in Town by Paul GilliganGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2024
Spacemanatee! by Katie GilstrapGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2024
Stink In Space! by Mike HensonGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2024
Up where the stars are by Ryan JacobsonGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2024
The Only Astronaut by Mahak JainGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2024
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever The Courage to Dream by Frederick JosephGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2024
How to Welcome an Alien by Rebecca KlempnerGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2024
Hush, Little Rocket by Mo O'HaraGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2024
City Under the City by Dan YaccarinoGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2024
Stars, Hide Your Fires by Jessica BestHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2024
This Delicious Death by Kayla CottinghamHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2024
A Song of Salvation by Alechia DowHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2024
A Wilderness of Stars by Shea ErnshawHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2024
Star Splitter by Matthew J. KirbyHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2024
Airlock (Orca Soundings) by Tash McAdamHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2024
The Space between Here & Now by Sarah SukHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2024
The Q by Amy TinteraHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2024
Made of Stars by Jenna VorisHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2024
The Infinity Particle by Wendy XuHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2024
The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza by Mac BarnettEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2023
Ruby Finley vs. the Interstellar Invasion by K. Tempest BradfordEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2023
Nothing Interesting Ever Happens to Ethan Fairmont by Nick BrooksEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2023
The Area 51 Files by Julie BuxbaumEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2023
Ultimate Gaming Showdown by M. K. EnglandEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2023
Tales of a Seventh-Grade Lizard Boy by Jonathan HillEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2023
Tiger Honor by Yoon Ha LeeEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2023
Let the Monster Out by Chad LucasEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2023
Trex by Christyne MorrellEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2023
The Aquanaut: A Graphic Novel by Dan SantatEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2023
A Rover's Story by Jasmine WargaEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2023
A Case of the Zaps by Alex BonielloGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2023
You're Out of This World (Hazy Dell Love & Nurture Books) by Bay ClarksonGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2023
Stella, Star Explorer by Kelly Leigh MillerGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2023
Rover and Speck: This Planet Rocks! by Jonathan RothGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2023
Oscar goes to the moon by Helen TannerGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2023
Captain Cat Goes to Mars: Ready-to-Read Pre-Level 1 by Emma J. VirjanGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2023
Waking Romeo by Kathryn BarkerHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2023
Tasting Light: Ten Science Fiction Stories to Rewire Your Perceptions by A. R. CapettaHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2023
Buckhead by Shobo CokerHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2023
Cake Eater by Allyson DahlinHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2023
Across a Field of Starlight by Blue DelliquantiHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2023
The Upper World by Femi FadugbaHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2023
Pixels of You by Ananth HirshHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2023
At the End of Everything by Marieke NijkampHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2023
Alone Out Here by Riley RedgateHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2023
Spin Me Right Round by David ValdesHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2023
Stowaway by John David AndersonEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2022
Maya and the Robot by Eve L. EwingEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2022
The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba HigueraEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2022
The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. HolmEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2022
Jillian vs Parasite Planet by Nicole Kornher-StaceEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2022
D-39: A Robodog's Journey by Irene LathamEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2022
Last Gate of the Emperor by Kwame MbaliaEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2022
Flood City by Daniel Jose OlderEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2022
Trouble in the Stars by Sarah PrineasEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2022
The Orpheus Plot by Christopher SwiedlerEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2022
Weird Kid by Greg Van EekhoutEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2022
Sadie Sprocket Builds a Rocket by Sue FliessGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2022
Starboy: Inspired by the Life and Lyrics of David Bowie by Jami GigotGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2022
Frankenslime by Joy KellerGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2022
Good Night, Oppy! by James McGowanGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2022
Marty by Rachel NobleGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2022
Arnold the Super-ish Hero by Heather TekavecGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2022
The Electric Kingdom by David ArnoldHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2022
This Is Not the Jess Show by Anna CareyHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2022
Hunting by Stars by Cherie DimalineHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2022
The Curie Society by Janet HarveyHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2022
The Ones We're Meant to Find by Joan HeHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2022
Aetherbound by E. K. JohnstonHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2022
Gamora and Nebula: Sisters in Arms by Mackenzi LeeHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2022
The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot SchreferHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2022
Bright Shining World by Josh SwillerHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2022
Iron Widow by Xiran Jay ZhaoHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2022
Finn and the Intergalactic Lunchbox by Michael BuckleyEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2021
Cleo Porter and the Body Electric by Jake BurtEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2021
GenPet by Damian CampanarioEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2021
Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe by Carlos HernandezEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2021
Mega-Dogs of New Kansas (Graphic Universe) by Dan JolleyEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2021
Dragon Ops by Mari MancusiEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2021
Glitch by Laura MartinEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2021
Jinxed by Amy McCullochEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2021
Bloom by Kenneth OppelEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2021
In the Red by Christopher SwiedlerEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2021
Last Pick by Jason WalzEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2021
Alien Nate by Dave WhamondEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2021
Star Wars A Jedi You Will Be by Preeti ChhibberGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2021
The Barnabus Project by Terry FanGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2021
Field Trip to the Ocean Deep by John HareGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2021
Mars' First Friends: Come on Over, Rovers! by Susanna Leonard HillGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2021
Mara the Space Traveler by An LeysenGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2021
The Stray by Molly RuttanGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2021
Llama Unleashes the Alpacalypse by Jonathan StutzmanGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2021
Robobaby by David WiesnerGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2021
Crownchasers by Rebecca CoffindafferHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2021
The Sound of Stars by Alechia DowHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2021
Malice by Pintip DunnHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2021
Girl of Flesh and Metal by Alicia EllisHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2021
Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez GillilandHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2021
Catfishing on CatNet: A Novel by Naomi KritzerHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2021
The Loop by Ben OliverHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2021
The Cloven: Book One by Garth SteinHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2021
Swamp Thing: Twin Branches by Maggie StiefvaterHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2021
Hard Wired by Len VlahosHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2021
Girl on Fire by Jeremy WhitleyHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2021
Devastation Class (Blink) by Glen ZipperHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2021
Field Trip by Molly BrooksEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2020
Awesome Dog 5000 (Book 1) by Justin DeanEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2020
The Strangers by Margaret Peterson HaddixEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2020
Seventh Grade Vs. the Galaxy by Joshua S. LevyEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2020
Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat by Johnny MarcianoEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2020
We're Not From Here by Geoff RodkeyEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2020
Maximillian Fly by Angie SageEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2020
The Unspeakable Unknown by Eliot SappingfieldEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2020
The Owls Have Come to Take Us Away by Ronald L. SmithEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2020
Cog by Greg Van EekhoutEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2020
Friendroid by M. M. VaughanEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2020
The Space Walk by Brian BiggsGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2020
Field Trip to the Moon by John HareGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2020
Hello by Aiko IkegamiGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2020
Good Boy by Sergio RuzzierGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2020
The Babysitter from Another Planet by Stephen SavageGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2020
Ultrabot's First Playdate by Josh SchneiderGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2020
How to Be on the Moon by Viviane SchwarzGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2020
Llama Destroys the World (A Llama Book, 1) by Jonathan StutzmanGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2020
Out There by Tom SullivanGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2020
Honor Bound by Rachel CaineHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2020
Alien: Echo: An Original Young Adult Novel of the Alien Universe by Mira GrantHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2020
The Waning Age by S. E. GroveHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2020
Aurora Rising by Amie KaufmanHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2020
The Fever King by Victoria LeeHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2020
The Hive by Barry LygaHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2020
War Girls by Tochi OnyebuchiHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2020
I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz RishiHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2020
The Pioneer by Bridget TylerHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2020
How We Became Wicked by Alexander YatesHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2020
Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne YoungHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2020
CatStronauts: Robot Rescue by Drew BrockingtonEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2019
Sanity & Tallulah by Molly BrooksEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2019
The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter BrownEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2019
Mega Robo Bros: Book 1 (The Phoenix Presents) by Neill CameronEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2019
The Jamie Drake Equation by Christopher EdgeEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2019
Waste of Space (Moon Base Alpha) by Stuart GibbsEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2019
Star Scouts by Mike LawrenceEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2019
Margot and Mateo Save the World by Darcy MillerEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2019
Stuck in the Stone Age by Story PiratesEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2019
Too Much Space! (Beep and Bob) by Jonathan RothEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2019
A Problematic Paradox by Eliot SappingfieldEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2019
Voyage of the Dogs by Greg Van EekhoutEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2019
Quantum Mechanics by Jeff WeigelEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2019
Breaking News: Alien Alert by David BiedrzyckiGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2019
If You Had a Jetpack by Lisl H DetlefsenGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2019
Little Robot Alone by Patricia MacLachlanGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2019
Bitty Bot's Big Beach Getaway by Tim McCannaGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2019
Doll-E 1.0 by Shanda McCloskeyGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2019
A Place for Pluto by Stef WadeGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2019
Pitch Dark by Courtney AlamedaHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2019
Honor Among Thieves by Rachel CaineHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2019
A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. ColeHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2019
Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen DaytonHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2019
The Spaceship Next Door by Gene DoucetteHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2019
Your One & Only by Adrianne FinlayHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2019
Unearthed by Amie KaufmanHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2019
Cross Fire by Fonda LeeHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2019
A Spark of White Fire by Sangu MandannaHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2019
The Future Will Be BS Free by Will McIntoshHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2019
Ignite the Stars by Maura MilanHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2019
This Splintered Silence by Kayla OlsonHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2019
Skyward by Brandon SandersonHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2019
Impostors by Scott WesterfeldHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2019
Castle in the Stars: The Space Race of 1869 by Alex AliceEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2018
Lucy and the Rocket Dog by Will BuckinghamEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2018
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell BoyceEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2018
The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole by Michelle CuevasEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2018
Last Day on Mars (Chronicle of the Dark Star) by Kevin EmersonEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2018
One Trick Pony by Nathan HaleEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2018
Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig KingEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2018
Watchdog by Will McIntoshEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2018
The Countdown Conspiracy by Katie SlivenskyEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2018
Crash Course #1 (Project: Terra) by Landry Q. WalkerEleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books2018
Life on Mars by Jon AgeeGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2018
Zelda's Big Adventure by Marie AlafaciGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2018
Charlotte the Scientist Is Squished by Camille AndrosGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2018
Aliens Get the Sniffles Too! Ahhh-Choo! by Katy S. DuffieldGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2018
Rufus Blasts Off! by Kim T. GriswellGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2018
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: The Classic Illustrated Storybook (Pop Classics) by Kim SmithGolden Duck Notable Picture Books List2018
The Innocence Treatment by Ari GoelmanHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2018
Defy the Stars by Claudia GrayHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2018
Dare Mighty Things by Heather KaczynskiHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2018
All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott KatsoulisHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2018
The Dark Intercept by Julia KellerHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2018
What Goes Up by Katie KennedyHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2018
Spliced by Jon McGoranHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2018
Nyxia by Scott ReintgenHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2018
Jek/Hyde by Amy RossHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2018
This Mortal Coil by Emily SuvadaHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2018
The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary WeberHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2018
Spill Zone by Scott WesterfeldHal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List2018

Winner 105

WorkCategoryYear
Blip! by Barnaby RichardsPicture Book2017
Fuzzy Mud by Louis SacharEleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades2016
Armada by Ernest ClineHal Clement Award for Young Adult2016
Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah UnderwoodPicture Book2016
Ambassador by William AlexanderEleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades2015
Expiration Day by William Campbell PowellHal Clement Award for Young Adult2015
Max Goes to the Space Station: A Science Adventure with Max the Dog (Science Adventures with Max the Dog series) by Jeffrey BennettPicture Book2015
Hello, Nebulon! by Ray O'RyanEleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades2014
Journey to Juno by Ray O'RyanEleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades2014
The Planet Thieves by Dan KrokosHal Clement Award for Young Adult2014
Vader's Little Princess by Jeffrey BrownPicture Book2014
Alien On a Rampage by Clete SmithEleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades2013
Cinder by Marissa MeyerHal Clement Award for Young Adult2013
Oh No! Not Again!: (Or How I Built a Time Machine to save History) (Or at Least My History Grade) (An Oh No! Picture Book) by Mac BarnettPicture Book2013
The Worst-Case Scenario: Mars by Hena KhanEleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades2012
A Long, Long Sleep by Anna SheehanHal Clement Award for Young Adult2012
A Beautiful Friendship by David WeberHal Clement Award for Young Adult2012
Earth to Clunk by Pam SmallcombPicture Book2012
Alien Encounter (Alien Agent) by Pamela F. ServiceEleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades2011
WWW: Watch by Robert J. SawyerHal Clement Award for Young Adult2011
Oh No!: Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World by Mac BarnettPicture Book2011
Z. Rex by Steve ColeEleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades2010
Catching Fire by Suzanne CollinsHal Clement Award for Young Adult2010
The Swamps of Sleethe: Poems From Beyond the Solar System by Jack PrelutskyPicture Book2010
Science Fiction (You Write It!) by John HamiltonSpecial Award Nonfiction2010
Lighter Than Air by Henry MeltonEleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades2009
The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsHal Clement Award for Young Adult2009
Little Brother by Cory DoctorowHal Clement Award for Young Adult2009
We're Off to Look for Aliens by Colin McNaughtonPicture Book2009
Gravity Buster: Journal #2 of a Cardboard Genius by Frank AschEleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades2008
Shanghaied to the Moon by Michael DaleyEleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades2008
Sky Horizon by David BrinHal Clement Award for Young Adult2008
Mars Needs Moms! by Berkeley BreathedPicture Book2008
Apers by Mark JansenEleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades2007
Rash by Pete HautmanHal Clement Award for Young Adult2007
Night of the Homework Zombies (Graphic Sparks Graphic Novels) by Scott NickelPicture Book2007
Write Your Own Science Fiction Story by Tish FarrellSpecial Award Nonfiction2007
Whales on Stilts! by M. T. AndersonEleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades2006
The Fran That Time Forgot by Jim BentonEleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades2006
Uglies by Scott WesterfeldHal Clement Award for Young Adult2006
Captain Raptor and the Moon Mystery by Kevin O'MalleyPicture Book2006
The Supernaturalist by Eoin ColferEleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades2005
Balance of Trade by Sharon LeeHal Clement Award for Young Adult2005
Science Verse by Jon ScieszkaPicture Book2005
Escape from Memory by Margaret Peterson HaddixEleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades2004
Gunpowder Empire by Harry TurtledoveHal Clement Award for Young Adult2004
Hazel Nutt, Mad Scientist by David ElliotPicture Book2004
Andrew Lost In the Bathroom by Judith Greenberg
Andrew Lost Series, 1-3
Eleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades2003
Andrew Lost In the Kitchen by Judith Greenberg
Andrew Lost Series, 1-3
Eleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades2003
Andrew Lost On the Dog by Judith Greenberg
Andrew Lost Series, 1-3
Eleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades2003
Feed by M. T. AndersonHal Clement Award for Young Adult2003
Incredible Cross-sections of Star Wars, Episode II - Attack of the Clones: The Definitive Guide to the Craft by Curtis J. SaxtonPicture Book2003
Explorer by Julie E. Czerneda
Tales from the Wonder Zone Series, 1-3
Special Award: Best Science and Technology Education2003
Orbiter by Julie E. Czerneda
Tales from the Wonder Zone Series, 1-3
Special Award: Best Science and Technology Education2003
Stardust (Wonder Zone) by Julie E. Czerneda
Tales from the Wonder Zone Series, 1-3
Special Award: Best Science and Technology Education2003
Beatnik Rutabagas From Beyond The Stars by Quentin DoddEleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades2002
This Side of Paradise by Steven L. LayneHal Clement Award for Young Adult2002
Baloney (Henry P.) by Jon ScieszkaPicture Book2002
Power Of Un by Nancy EtchemendyEleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades2001
Jumping Off The Planet by David GerroldHal Clement Award for Young Adult2001
Rex: Time Soldiers Book #1 by Kathleen DueyPicture Book2001
I Was A Sixth Grade Alien by Bruce CovilleEleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades2000
The Game of Worlds by Roger MacBride AllenHal Clement Award for Young Adult2000
Hush, Little Alien by Daniel KirkPicture Book2000
Harry Potter (Books 1-7) by J. K. RowlingSpecial Award for Promotion of Reading2000
Crisis At Crystal Reef by Kevin J. Anderson
Young Jedi Knights Series, 1-14
Eleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades1999
Darkest Knight by Kevin J. Anderson
Young Jedi Knights Series, 1-14
Eleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades1999
Delusions Of Grandeur by Kevin J. Anderson
Young Jedi Knights Series, 1-14
Eleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades1999
Diversity Alliance by Kevin J. Anderson
Young Jedi Knights Series, 1-14
Eleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades1999
The Emperor's Plague by Kevin J. Anderson
Young Jedi Knights Series, 1-14
Eleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades1999
Heirs of the Force by Kevin J. Anderson
Young Jedi Knights Series, 1-14
Eleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades1999
Jedi Bounty by Kevin J. Anderson
Young Jedi Knights Series, 1-14
Eleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades1999
Jedi Under Siege by Kevin J. Anderson
Young Jedi Knights Series, 1-14
Eleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades1999
Lightsabers by Kevin J. Anderson
Young Jedi Knights Series, 1-14
Eleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades1999
The Lost Ones by Kevin J. Anderson
Young Jedi Knights Series, 1-14
Eleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades1999
Return To Ord Mantell by Kevin J. Anderson
Young Jedi Knights Series, 1-14
Eleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades1999
Shadow Academy by Kevin J. Anderson
Young Jedi Knights Series, 1-14
Eleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades1999
Shards Of Alderaan by Kevin J. Anderson
Young Jedi Knights Series, 1-14
Eleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades1999
Trouble On Cloud City by Kevin J. Anderson
Young Jedi Knights Series, 1-14
Eleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades1999
Alien Dreams by SegriffHal Clement Award for Young Adult1999
Noah and the Space Ark (Picture Books) by Laura CecilPicture Book1999
The Andalite Chronicles by Katherine ApplegateEleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades1998
Shade's Children by Garth NixHal Clement Award for Young Adult1998
The Dark Side of Nowhere by Neal ShustermanHal Clement Award for Young Adult1998
Floating Home by David GetzPicture Book1998
Kipton & the Tower of Time by Charles L. FontenayEleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades1997
Wildside by Steven GouldHal Clement Award for Young Adult1997
Grandpa Takes Me to the Moon by Timothy R. GaffneyPicture Book1997
Kipton & the Android by Charles L. FontenaySpecial Award: Strong Female Characters1997
Star Hatchling by Margaret BechardEleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades1996
The Night Room by E. M. GoldmanHal Clement Award for Young Adult1996
The Winds of Mars by H. M. HooverHal Clement Award for Young Adult1996
Insects from Outer Space by Vladimir Vasilevich VaginPicture Book1996
Shape-Changer by Bill BrittainEleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades1995
The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy FarmerHal Clement Award for Young Adult1995
Time Flies by Eric RohmannPicture Book1995
Starfleet Academy: Worf's First Adventure by Peter DavidEleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades1994
The Giver by Lois LowryHal Clement Award for Young Adult1994
Richie's Rocket by Joan AndersonPicture Book1994
Weirdos of the Universe, Unite! by Pamela F. ServiceEleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades1993
River Rats by Caroline StevermerHal Clement Award for Young Adult1993
June 29, 1999 by David WiesnerPicture Book1993
My Teacher Glows in the Dark by Bruce CovilleEleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades1992
Invitation to the Game by Monica HughesHal Clement Award for Young Adult1992
Time Train by Paul FleischmanPicture Book1992

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Descriptions

The Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists are designed to encourage good science fiction literature for children. Science fiction books use (future) science and technology rather than fantasy or magic. The Lists will be announced every year at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

The purpose of the Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists is to identify Science Fiction books that have the most interest and appeal to three age groups:

Picture books for preschool and early readers, ages up to 6 years old (Golden Duck List);

Illustrated chapter books or short novels for grade school students, ages 7—11 (Eleanor Cameron List);

YA books for teens, ages 12—18 (Hal Clement List).

Charge

The Core Committee Recognizing Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction is charged with selecting, annotating, and presenting for publication annually a list of notable children’s science fiction books of the preceding calendar year. The Committee reads extensively during the year and at the ALA Midwinter Meeting announces the Lists of those titles they believe to be notable. The Lists are intended to assist children, their parents and librarians in selecting books to read and to encourage them to seek out those that are considered notable among the many books available in bookstores and libraries. While it is not expected that every library of all sizes and types will necessarily select all of the books listed, it is hoped that children will find these books to be accessible.

The Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists being supported by ALA Core is a continuation of the Golden Duck Awards given annually from 1992-2016.

Administered by:

The Core Committee Recognizing Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction

(English, Award granter)
URL: https://sfnotables.org/about-the-lists/
The Golden Duck Awards for Excellence in Children's Science Fiction were given annually from 1992 to 2017. (English, Member-written)

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