Top 5 Best Science Fiction Books for 3-year-olds

Science fiction stories are seriously exciting for little ones, packed with aliens, planets, spaceships and stars! Be whisked away to another galaxy by this list of the top 5 science fiction books for 3-year-olds.

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1. Q Pootle 5: The Great Space Race

Nick Butterworth

The interstellar exploits of Oopsy the alien will enthral children, particularly those who are already fans of the popular show on CBeebies! Oopsy is desperate to win the Space Race - but what will happen when disaster strikes after she forgets to fix her booster? This heart-warming tale is perfect for little ones.

2. The Darkest Dark

Chris Hadfield

Popular astronaut Chris Hadfield tells a heart-warming story about a little boy who dreams of flying into space, despite a dreadful fear of the dark! His name? Chris! Young Chris knows that when bedtime arrives, the worst sort of alien appears: darkness! But when he watches the first televised moon landing, he realises that the dark isn't scary at all, because even where the darkest dark is, out there in space, it's actually very exciting! With gorgeous artwork and an otherworldly feel, this book will enchant little ones.

3. Aliens Love Underpants!

Claire Freedman

With lively illustrations and fun text, this rhythmic rhyme is guaranteed to delight little booklovers! What could be better than a bright, bubbly book about aliens... in pants?! This hilarious title is sure to inspire a love of books in young readers.

4. How to Catch a Star

Oliver Jeffers

This uplifting, enchanting tale tells the story of a boy who loved stars so much, he wanted one of his very own. He'd watch the stars every night from his bedroom window, dreaming of how he could be their friend and play hide-and-seek with them. So, one exciting day, he decides to set about catching a star of his very own. This magical tale will captivate kids.

5. Marshmallows for Martians

Adam & Charlotte Guillain

This brilliant picture book finds our hero George heading off on a hunt for Martians to find out what sorts of sweets they like best - with hilarious results! Set off into space with George as he meets some Bangbots from Waabangatoo, lands on Mars and finds... there's no Martians around! But what's that he hears? A parade of musical aliens, perhaps? Discover the adventure in this fantastically funny book.

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    A hugely popular show on CBeebies, Q Pootle 5: The Great Space Race is a thrilling extraterrestrial adventure for little readers aged 3 and over!

    Everyone on planet Okidoki is excited about the Space Race. Oopsy is desperate to win, but she forgets to fix her booster... When disaster strikes, Pootle stops to help - have they both lost their chance at a glorious victory?

    Written and illustrated by the talented author Nick Butterworth, this is a gentle tale with a warming message that children will love.
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    The long-awaited sequel to Spaghetti with the Yeti, this picture book finds George heading on a hunt for Martians to find out what kind of sweets they like best - with hilarious consequences!

    Written by Adam and Charlotte Guillain and illustrated in a vibrant, eye-catching style by Red House Children's Book Award winner Lee Wildish, the story follows George as he blasts into space and meets some Bangbots from Waabangatoo as he embarks on his mission.

    After landing on Mars, the courageous young explorer is worried as there are no Martians around. But what's that he hears? Could it be a parade of alien musicians? Marshmallows for Martians is a very funny adventure for children aged 3 and over.
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    An enchanting and timeless tale of friendship and possibilities, all told in a stylishly spellbinding way, Oliver Jeffers' How to Catch a Star is full of amazing storytelling and beautifully characteristic illustrations.

    It captures the expressive changing moods of the tale's little boy wonderfully, and will enrapture all readers.
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    Popular astronaut Chris Hadfield (you may know him as 'the singing spaceman') tells a heart-warming story about a young boy who dreamed of being flying into space despite being scared of the dark. That boy's name? Chris...

    Chris is a busy astronaut who knows that saving the planet from aliens is far more important than trivial stuff like taking baths or going to bed... he's also fully aware that it's at bedtime when the worst sort of alien appears - darkness!

    But then Chris watches the first televised moon landing and realises he doesn't have so be scared of the dark. Space is the darkest dark there is - and it's also the most exciting place in the solar system.

    With its anecdotal feel and out-of-this-world artwork from the Fan Brothers, this is a reassuring, fun and exciting picture book for any child who dreams of exploring space!
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    With fabulous text and great illustrations, this jolly, rhythmic rhyme is guaranteed to bring a squeal of delight from your toddler! What could be funnier than a book about pants? A book about aliens in pants! And this one is full of them.

    Richard and Judy have helped us in our task to highlight the best books to look out for. Children tested and discussed some of the liveliest books available within each age band and chose two titles for each level. Aliens Love Underpants took one of the two prizes that were awarded in the 5 plus category. We heartily recommend this book for your younger reader as they begin to tackle books on their own.