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LITA announces the 2020 Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists

The LITA Committee Recognizing Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction presents the 2020 Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists. The lists are composed of notable children’s and young adult science fiction published between November 2018 and October 2019 and organized into three age-appropriate categories. The annotated lists will be posted on the website at

The Golden Duck Notable Picture Books List is selected from books intended for pre-school children and very early readers, up to 6 years old. Recognition is given to the author and the illustrator:

Field Trip to the Moon by John Hare. Margaret Ferguson Books

Hello by Aiko Ikegami. Creston Books

How to be on the Moon by Viviane Schwarz. Candlewick Press

Out There by Tom Sullivan. Balzer + Bray

The Babysitter From Another Planet by Stephen Savage. Neal Porter Books

The Space Walk by Brian Biggs. Dial Books for Young Readers

Ultrabot’s First Playdate by Josh Schneider. Clarion Books

Good Boy by Sergio Ruzzier. Atheneum Books

Llama Destroys the World, written by Jonathan Stutzman, illustrated by Heather Fox. Henry Holt & Co

The Eleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books List titles are chapter books or short novels that may be illustrated. They are written for ages 7 – 11. This list is named for Eleanor Cameron, author of the Mushroom Planet series.

Awesome Dog 5000 by Justin Dean. Random House Books for Young Readers 

Cog by Greg van Eekhout. HarperCollins

Field Trip (Sanity and Tallulah #2) by Molly Brooks. Disney-Hyperion 

Friendroid by M. M. Vaughan. Margaret K. McElderry Books

Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat by Johnny Marciano & Emily Chenoweth. Penguin Workshop

Maximillian Fly by Angie Sage. Katherine Tegen Books

The Owls Have Come to Take Us Away by Ronald L. Smith. Clarion Books

The Greystone Secrets #1: The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Katherine Tegen Books

We’re Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey. Crown Books for Young Readers

The Unspeakable Unknown by Eliot Sappingfield. G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Seventh Grade vs the Galaxy by Joshua S. Levy. Carolrhoda Books

The Hal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List contains science fiction books written for ages 12 – 18 with a young adult protagonist. This list is named for Hal Clement, a well-known science fiction writer and high school science teacher who promoted children’s science fiction.

Alien: Echo by Mira Grant. Imprint

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young. Simon Pulse

The Hive by Barry Lyga and Morgan Baden. Kids Can Press

The Pioneer by Bridget Tyler. HarperTeen

How We Became Wicked by Alexander Yates. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books

The Waning Age by S.E. Grove. Viking Books for Young Readers

The Fever King by Victoria Lee. Skyscape

War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi. Razorbill

I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Rishi. HarperTeen

Honor Bound by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre. Katherine Tegen Books


Jenny Levine

Executive Director

Library and Information Technology Association