For immediate release | January 24, 2022

Announcing the 2022 Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists

The Core Committee Recognizing Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction presents the 2022 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 2020 and October 2021 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:

Good Night, Oppy! by James McGowan, illustrated by Graham Carter. Astra Young Readers.

Marty by Rachel Noble, illustrated by Zoey Abbott. Holiday House.

Frankenslime by Joy Keller, illustrated by Ashley Belote. Feiwel & Friends.

Starboy by Jami Gigot. Henry Holt and Company.

Sadie Sprocket Builds a Rocket by Sue Fliess, illustrated by Annabel Tempest. Two Lions.

Arnold the Super-ish Hero by Heather Tekavec, illustrated by Guillaume Perreault. Kids Can Press.

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.

Trouble in the Stars by Sarah Prineas. Philomel.

Last Gate of the Emperor by Kwame Mbalia and Prince Joel Makonnen. Scholastic.

Maya and the Robot by Eve L. Ewing, illustrated by Christine Almeda. Kokila.

The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm. Random House Books for Young Readers.

D-39:A Robodog’s Journey by Irene Latham. Charlesbridge.

Jillian vs. Parasite Planet by Nicole Kornher-Stace. Tachyon Publications.

Stowaway by John David Anderson. Walden Pond Press.

The Orpheus Plot by Christopher Swiedler. HarperCollins.

Weird Kid by Greg van Eekhout. HarperCollins.

The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera. Levine Querido.

Flood City by Daniel José Older. Scholastic.

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.

The Curie Society by Heather Einhorn, Adam Staffaroni, and Janet Harvey. MIT Press.

Aetherbound by E.K. Johnston. Dutton Books for Young Readers

The Ones We're Meant to Find by Joan He. Roaring Brook Press.

Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao. Penguin Teen.

Hunting By Stars by Cherie Dimaline. Amulet Books.

The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer. Katherine Tegen Books.

The Electric Kingdom by David Arnold.Viking Books for Young Readers.

This is Not the Jess Show by Anna Carey. Quirk Books.

Bright Shining World by Josh Swiller. Knopf Books for Young Readers.

Gamora and Nebula: Sisters in Arms by Mackenzi Lee. Marvel Press.

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