12 Best Science Fiction Picture Books (2020)

You might already know that children always prefer their books to have more pictures than words, that’s because pictures always help with the understanding of the story to be a lot easier.

Pictures are also a great way to make any book way more entertaining and interesting. That’s why we have gathered some of the best science fiction picture books for the biggest sci-fi children enthusiasts out there so be ready to see some pretty cool books.

 

Best Science Fiction Picture Books

 

Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman

The first book in our review is a great story by Ame Dyckman, the illustrations are done by Dan Yaccarino and they accompany the story very nicely. You can also find this book in our selection of the best science fiction books for kids!

As for the story itself, it talks about a young boy who one day meets a cool-looking robot in the woods. They start playing together and realize that they are having so much fun, so they become close friends.

Then the Bot switches off and Boy thinks that he is sick so he tries the usual remedies for getting better but nothing works. He then tucks him in and falls asleep and when Bot turned on, he sees his friend turned off so now he is worried.

 

Baloney by Jon Scieszka

This sci-fi picture book follows a character named Henry P. Baloney, he is a young alien boy who is late for szkola again and is figuring out an explanation for being late. If he doesn’t have a good enough excuse, his teacher Miss Bugscuffle threatens to give him detention for life.

So then Henry starts telling a story about an adventure and the search of his lost zimulis, a story that takes him into deep space and where all sorts of stuff happens.

Will the teacher believe him or will it be lifelong detention, after all, be sure to find out for yourself.

 

Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner

The next amazing book in our best science fiction picture books is one that tells you a story about a strange cat named Mr. Wuffles.

This cat is strange because he has no interest in chasing mice or trying to catch goldfish. This cat is way more interested in playing with a small toy spaceship with a bunch of actual aliens inside.

You get to read a story about how these aliens try to survive the dangers of Mr. Wuffles and how they run around the house trying to escape with their lives. A bunch of insects will later become their allies and all sorts of new adventures can be expected.

 

Toys in Space by Mini Grey

This story talks about a bunch of toys who were left outside one night. This is their first time being left outside for a whole night so they start looking at the wonderful stars. One star looks stranger to them, different than the others and this provokes the adventure that is about to come.

These toys decide to venture into space and discover what lies out there. In their journey, they meet a lonely alien who could really use their help and some company as well.

The awesome illustrations in this book are also something to look forward to as the toys and the alien characters are very well shown so that kids can better imagine the events that are going on inside.

 

Oh No!: Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World by Mac Barnett

Our next story is about a young girl who is very talented and way smarter for her own age and the plot follows her as she builds an enormous robot because she intended to wipe out her competition in the science fair and win first prize no matter what.

But, instead of that, this robot starts causing chaos and escapes out of her reach. The story after is an even more thrilling one as this girl tries to think of a way to stop him before it is too late as the robot has already started destroying her city.

It’s not easy working under such stress and you get to find out if the robot will be stopped in time.

 

Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg

Danny and Walter are the two main characters of this amazing story that has a board game in the center of all the action. These two characters are brothers and when they were chasing each other around one day, somewhere in the park, they discovered a strange board game called Zathura.

This game was similar to the game called Jumanji but Zathura was a space adventure game, one that would present even more thrills and dangers than Jumanji. You get to read and see an amazing sci-fi story that takes these characters on the craziest adventures through space.

 

June 29, 1999 by David Wiesner

Here is a book that is sure to stir up a lot of imagination flow as this story is definitely a unique and a very exciting one as well.

The main plot follows a character called Holly Evans as she begins her experiment to explore how seeds would react to extraterrestrial conditions by sending up in the air by balloons.

To her surprise, the next thing she knows is that things that she never sent up are now coming down from the sky. All sorts of giant vegetables were floating up in the air and slowly landing all around. What and how could this be? That’s up to you to find out as you start reading this amazing sci-fi picture book.

 

Lost in the Solar System by Joanna Cole

The next pick in our best science fiction picture books review is one that will be showing you a thing or two about our solar system as a bunch of kids go exploring on a magic school bus.

Ms. Frizzle’s class is about to jump in the magic bus and head for outer space where they are about to start their exploration of each of the planets in the solar system.

You are about to discover what secrets those planets have to offer and learn something alongside your favorite characters in the book itself.

 

Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman

This is a thrilling children’s book that has a ton of cool and funny illustrations about the story that goes on inside. Speaking of the story, it has something to do with aliens coming to Earth but instead of coming to invade the planet, they are actually here to steal your underpants, that’s probably a relief.

It’s a pretty funny story, there’s no question about it, and another fun fact about this book is that the contents inside tend to rhyme so it gets more and more fun to read as you go on.

 

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood

Deborah Underwood, the author of this thrilling sci-fi picture book, and Meg Hunt, its illustrator, have created a very unique story that is perfect for the sci-fi lovers and ones who have read their fair share of fairy tales.

As you can probably guess from the title, the story talks about the space version of Cinderella as the plot talks about her preparing for the ball until a set of unexpected events begin a thrilling adventure that you definitely don’t want to miss.

 

Beegu by Alexis Deacon

The main character in this story is called Beegu and she is an alien. The whole story follows her as she is stranded on Earth and waiting for her mother to come and pick her up. Beegu’s spacecraft is broken and while she waits she tries to make some new friends here on Earth.

After realizing that the animals don’t exactly understand her, she finds a bunch of kids who were more than happy to welcome her in their games.

All goes well for our Beegu until a bunch of grownups come and spoil all the fun. It’s an exciting story about an alien outsider with a lot of cool pictures for even more fun.

 

Mars Needs Moms! by Berkeley Breathed

The last book in our review is another thrilling sci-fi story that will be showing you an exciting tale about moms. Milo is a young boy and the main character in this book and he doesn’t get what the big deal about moms is. The Martians have come to Earth and the only thing they seek is moms.

Milo finds out that they have come especially for his mom so he starts wondering if there is something that he has missed about his mom and if there is something he doesn’t fully understand.

Hopefully, you liked our list of the best books as they are very fun to read, especially for children, and thanks to the pictures inside the stories only seem better and more interesting.

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Robert Hazley

Robert Hazley

Robert is a science fiction and fantasy geek. (He is also the best looking Ereads writer!) Besides reading and writing, he enjoys sports, cosplay, and good food (don't we all?). Currently works as an accountant (would you believe that?)