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


To solicit submissions, select, annotate, and present for publication annually, the list of notable children's science fiction books published in the preceding year.

Books will be considered for children in three age groups:

  • picture books for preschool and early readers;
  • illustrated chapter books or short novels for older grade school students, grades 2 to 6; and
  • YA books for teens grades 7 to 12.

The Children’s Science Fiction Notable Books Lists will be produced annually; in addition special recognition may be given for books that don’t exactly fit the categories. Titles that appear on the Lists are those that have been read, evaluated, and discussed by the full committee, in accordance with the committee's policies and procedures, and that the committee has come to a consensus that these titles are worthy of being placed on the Lists. 


Helen E. Gbala (Chair, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018)
Valeria J. Fike (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Mr. Jonathan Kirsch (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Laura Pearle (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Jenny Levine (Staff Liaison, October 5, 2016, to June 30, 2020)
Mark A. Beatty (Staff, October 5, 2016, to June 30, 2020)

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The LITA Committee Recognizing Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction will consist of a Chair, 5 to 7 members, and the Past Chair serving in an Ex-officio capacity to ensure transfer of knowledge. One member will be from the sponsoring organization and one member will be the LITA Imagineering Interest Group Chair or his/her designee. Members (other than those from the Sponsor and Imagineering IG) are appointed for staggered two-year terms, and cannot be appointed to consecutive terms except unless it is to serve in Chair/Past Chair capacity. Chair appointments will be for two years, with the person acting as Past Chair in the 2nd year. The committee will receive assistance from a board liaison and a staff liaison.


The awards began as the "Golden Duck Awards for Excellence in Children’s Science Fiction," and were sponsored by Super-Con-Duck-Tivity, the non-profit organization based in DuPage County Illinois that held the “DucKon” SF convention. The founders of the awards - Douglas Drummond, Helen Gbala, and Lindalee Stuckey – envisioned them as Hugo Awards for Children’s Literature. They were first presented at the World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon) held in Orlando in 1993.