Suggested Fantasy and Science-Fiction by Grade Level


Looking for stories with aliens, magic, or other qualities that break the bounds of reality? Try checking out one of these fantastic tales. Grade levels are suggested, but remember that each reader is different and might find something interesting at another level. Under each grade is a link for even more titles.


Land before Prime by John Sazaklis

When the Transformers Rescue Bots team discovers dinosaurs on Wayward Island, they head out to investigate.

Oh so brave dragon by David Kirk

Dragon knows he is supposed to be brave and is ready to try out his fearsome roar, but when he hears something that scares him, he turns to his forest friends for help in finding the noise and renewing his courage.

Aliens from all planets race to complete their quirky bedtime routines.

Robot smash! by Stephen W. Martin

When a smash-loving robot meets another robot who also loves to smash, he is instantly smitten.

The whisper by Pamela Zagarenski

Her magical book of stories is wordless until a whisper in the wind tells a little girl to imagine a story for each page.

Need more suggestions?  See this list of Suggested Fantasy and Science-Fiction for Kindergarten.

First Grade

Julie welcomes all lost and homeless creatures into her house, whether they be cats or trolls, ghosts or dragons, but soon realizes that each must have a chore in order for the arrangement to work.

Nuts in space by Elys Dolan

On a mission to return the mythical Lost Nuts of Legend, an elite space ship crew of animals faces food shortages, broken equipment, unfriendly creatures, and a menacing Death Banana on their way home.

Pretty pearl mermaid by Jennifer Weinberg

While journeying to the mer-kingdom, Lumina, a mermaid with magical powers over pearls, discovers that she is a princess.

Time-travel trouble! by Billy Wrecks

Although he is supposed to keep it a secret, Sherman uses Mr. Peabody's time-traveling machine, the WABAC, to take his friend Penny to ancient Egypt, only to unleash all sorts of trouble.

Uni the unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Uni the unicorn believes that little girls are real.

Need more suggestions?  See this list of Fantasy and Science-Fiction for First Grade.

Second Grade

Autumn's secret gift by Elise Allen

In Mother Nature's realm, sisters Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer are nature's royalty, responsible for each magical turn of the seasons, but Autumn has lost a special gift from Mother Nature and her sisters must help her find it.

The Big Bad Wolf is hungry, but he just can't get near the three Little Pigs. One night he has a wicked plan--to build his very own robot pig and trick the Pigs into walking right into his house, just in time for lunch.

The boy who cried alien by Marilyn Singer

A boy known for telling lies announces that aliens have landed in Malarkey Lake, and not surprisingly, no one believes him.

While on a visit to the Forbidden City in Beijing, Ming travels back in time, meets the young emperor, and the two of them fly around the sky on the back of a bronze dragon.

The moon dragons by Dyan Sheldon

When huntsmen, mountaineers, and other adventurers fail to bring the king a silver-scaled moon dragon, little Alina not only locates the beautiful, singing creatures, she determines to protect their secret rather than collect the king's reward.

Need more suggestions?  See this list of Science Fiction and Fantasy for Second Grade.

Third Grade

Abigail the Breeze Fairy by Daisy Meadows

Abigail the Breeze Fairy has been blown off-course without her wispy wind feather. Will Rachel and Kirsty be able to find the feather and bring calm to the blustery village?

When the lizard army invades Bug Island and the Battle Bugs find themselves under attack, their only hope against the intruders is a human named Max.

The dirty Grotts are trashing the entire galaxy. Garbage is everywhere! It's time for Captain Cal and his crew to clean up the smelly garbage and the Grotts' wasteful attitude.

The spider ring by Andrew Harwell

Inheriting a spider-shaped ring from her grandmother, Maria discovers that she possesses a very useful ability to communicate with and control spiders before catching the attention of the magic-hungry "Black Widow."

Need more suggestions?  Try this list of Science Fiction and Fantasy for Third Graders.

Fourth Grade

Deep in a forgotten corner of the realm of Squerb, two sisters dream about very different destinies, but when one of them sets out to fulfill her plan, they both get caught up in something unexpected.

A family of space privateers becomes embroiled in a solar system-wide conspiracy, all while the three siblings compete to determine who will become the next captain of the ship when their mother steps down.

When a legendary sea monster starts making waves in the Sea of Wrenly, Prince Lucas and his friend Clara travel to the Island of Primlox seeking information that might help them calm the beast.

Stranded on a planet filled with dry cleaners, nail salons, and chain restaurants, Rocket and Groot face killer robots bent on customer service and raccoon-eating toilets.

The wild robot by Peter Brown

Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants.

Need more suggestions?  Try this list of Science Fiction and Fantasy for Fourth Graders.

Fifth Grade

The Ability by M. M. Vaughan

While Chris and five other twelve-year-olds learn to make the most of their mental abilities in a secret, government-run school last used in 1977, twins Ernest and Mort are studying under someone with much more sinister motives.

The alchemist war by John Seven

Living in the twenty-fifth century, Dawkins and Hypatia Faraday take time travel and technology for granted but in Prague in 1648, they are startled to find an alchemist who is using advanced technology to change mercury into gold.

Galaxy's most wanted by John Kloepfer

When thirteen-year-old Kevin Brewer and his camp buddies summon an alien to earth, they know they'll win a blue ribbon in the science competition, but they don't expect to find themselves in the middle of an interstellar war.

The lightning catcher by Anne Cameron
Also available in: e-book

When eleven-year-old Angus McFangus learns that he is a storm prophet, someone who can predict and control catastrophic weather, he must stop the villainous Scabious Dankhart from unleashing an unending storm and achieving world domination.

Need more suggestions?  Try this list of Fantasy and Science-Fiction for Fifth Grade.

Sixth Grade

The 8th continent by Matt London

Hoping to transform a giant floating garbage patch into a habitable eighth continent where people can escape an oppressive bureaucracy, Evie and Rick must race against time when a plastic-obsessed villainess tries to claim the continent to expand her power.

Fires of invention by J. Scott Savage

Even though technology and inventions have been outlawed in the mountain city of Cove, Trenton and Kallista must follow a set of mysterious blueprints to build a creature to protect them from the dragons outside their door in order to save the city.

The inquisitor's mark by Dianne K. Salerni

Just weeks after saving the seven-day world from destruction, Jax Aubrey discovers he might not be the orphan he thinks he is. When his best friend is kidnapped, Jax learns that he may have a mysterious long-lost Uncle and possibly the family he longs for.  This book is a sequel to The Eighth Day.

Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly

Kymera, who has a raven's wings, a snake's tail, and a cat's eyes and claws, loves the father who brought her back to life after a wizard killed her, but she begins to question his motives, especially after she connects with a boy in the town from which she is rescuing sick girls.

Randoms by David Liss

A twelve-year-old boy is chosen to join a four-person applicant team to work towards membership in the Confederation of United Planets and stumbles across conspiracies resembling science fiction he's been a fan of his entire life.

Need more suggestions?  Try this list of Fantasy and Science Fiction for Sixth Graders.