Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books for 3 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 science fiction & fantasy books for 3 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. A Cold Winter’s Good Knight

by: Shelley Moore ThomasJennifer Plecas
Release date: Nov 13, 2008
Number of Pages: 32
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On a cold winter’s night a festive ball is underway. Three little dragons make their way to the cozy castle. They have the best of intentions at the fancy party, but the clumsy trio bumbles about on the dance floor, trips by the punch bowl, and finally crashes into the fireplace. Soon the party is a shambles and the whole castle is in an uproar! But never fear—the Good Knight is ready to set all to right in his funniest outing yet.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Manners

2. My Dinosaur

by: Mark Weatherby
Release date: Mar 01, 1997
Number of Pages: 32
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Finding her dinosaur hidden among the trees on a moonlit night, a little girl accompanies her enormous friend through the woods on a magical nighttime journey. By the author of The Last Dinosaur and Dinosaur for a Day.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dinosaurs

3. Annie the Apple Pie Fairy

by: Thomas Nelson
Release date: Sep 02, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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Brilliant new fairy story book that will delight children and adults!

Annie the Apple Pie Fairy is a TV chef who makes simple, homey pies. One day, her position as the queen of pies is threatened by Sondra the Strudel fairy’s new show. An intense competition starts between Annie and Sondra, and sees their fairy audience become obsessed with Sondra’s fancy pies and the gadgets used to make them. But when the mass of new gadgets and pie-making machines causes a huge power outage, what will happen to all the pies, and will Annie be able to save the day? Find out in this adorable new storybook from the makers of Camilla the Cupcake Fairy!

Features & Benefits:

  • Join Annie the Apple Pie Fairy and her friends on a challenging and exciting adventure!
  • Lara Ede’s delightful illustrations and 
  • Tim Bugbird’s wonderful, rhyming text combine to make this a super story just perfect for reading to kids!
  • Another brilliant storybook from the wonderful creators of the popular Camilla the Cupcake Fairy series!
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Children’s Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy & Magic

4. The Dragon Machine

by: Helen WardWayne Anderson
Release date: May 26, 2003
Number of Pages: 32
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Ignored and overlooked, the dragons go unnoticed . . . just like George. But one rainy Thursday, lonely George sees his first dragon. Before long, they are everywhere, and the trouble begins. Since he is the only one who can see them, George knows he must lead the dragons back to the great wilderness where they belong-and then somehow find his way home again.

This beautiful story by the creators of The Tin Forest shows the power of the imagination not only to create but also to liberate.

Illustrated by Wayne Anderson.

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Children’s Books > Animals

5. Here They Come!

by: David Hyde Costello
Release date: Aug 26, 2004
Number of Pages: 32
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Two young monsters learn the joys of a good scare

Here come some warlocks, here come the ghosts,
Here come the witches, greeting the hosts,
Then it’s a scarecrow with corn for the cookout,
Along with an owl who will keep a keen lookout . . .

As seen through the eyes of two excited green youngsters, a steady parade of guests arrives for the annual Halloween party in the woods. Once the festivities are in full swing, and the various creatures are treating one another to some good scary moments, an alarm is called: “Here come the scariest creatures of all!” And in a clever wordless sequence, the monsters scatter to hide from . . . the approaching group of terrifying human children!

In his charming debut as author and illustrator, David Costello captures all the fun of the holiday in his glowing watercolors.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

6. I Look like a Girl

by: Sheila HamanakaSheila Hamanaka
Release date: Sep 29, 1999
Number of Pages: 32
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Notable Children’s Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies 2000, National Council for SS & Child. Book Council

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry

7. Maggie and the Monster

by: Elizabeth WinthropTomie dePaola
Release date: Jul 05, 2007
Number of Pages: 32
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Every night a monster comes into Maggie’s room. The monster crashes into the furniture with her big hairy feet, knocks books off the shelf, and sits in the chair and grumbles to herself. Maggie doesn’t know what to do until her mother suggests that maybe the monster is looking for something. So Maggie asks the monster, and it turns out she’s looking for her mother. Together, they carry on the search until the monster finds her mother—and Maggie finally gets a good night’s sleep!

With a lighthearted spirit and a clever mystery element, Maggie and the Monster is a wonderful collaboration between two award-winning talents. Readers will be thrilled to see this charming bedtime tale back in print.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Sleep

8. Troll and the Oliver

by: Adam StowerAdam Stower
Release date: Aug 25, 2015
Number of Pages: 40
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Meet a little boy named Oliver . . . and the troll who desperately wants to eat him!

Every day when Oliver goes out, Troll tries to eat him. But catching Oliver is very tricky—he’s fast, sneaky, and just too clever! It is only when it looks like Troll has given up and Oliver celebrates victory that—CHOMP!—he gets eaten, and it turns out that Olivers don’t taste very nice after all. But fortunately the two discover that Trolls and Olivers both love cake!

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Children’s Books > Animals

9. When I Wished I Was Alone

by: Dave Cutler
Release date: Oct 01, 2003
Number of Pages: 36
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Be careful what you wish for…

Sometimes we’re so mad that we wish everyone would just leave us alone!
One night, for a young boy, this wish comes true…
Waking up on a small floating island, he sees the most amazing things.
Rising moons and dancing planets.
Dazzling white stars that shimmer into soaring birds before his very eyes!

Enchanted by the magic of the skies, the boy begins to wish for something else.
He wants to share this beautiful world with his mom and dad—and even his little sister!
Now, if only he could get back home…

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life

10. If Dinosaurs Came to Town

by: Dom Mansell
Release date: May 01, 1991
Number of Pages: 32
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Imagines what it would be like to meet up with a variety of dinosaurs today.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dinosaurs

11. The Land Of Bizia

by: Tricia Martin
Release date: Feb 27, 2008
Number of Pages: 88
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This is the second book in The Old Tree series centering around two children who step through an unusual tree and find themselves in The Land Of Bizia. They realize that this land is on the verge of destroying itself through busyness and with the help of their loving and powerful friend bring the people of Bizia back to the values and peace that they once knew. A former family therapist, Tricia Martin was always looking for good books for her son to read when he was young. As a child, she herself was greatly impacted by several children’s fantasy books. Now, years later, she desires to impact the hearts of children, and her own child, with her fantasy adventures centered on a loving, kind, and powerful character who transforms the lives of all who come into contact with Him. Tricia lives in Orange County, California with her husband, Steve and her teenage son, Mike.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Religious Fiction > Christian

12. The Snow Dog’s Journey

by: Loretta KrupinskiLoretta Krupinski
Release date: Oct 14, 2010
Number of Pages: 32
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One wintry day, two children build a dog out of snow, and they play with him and love him just as if he were real. That night, the icy Frost King spies the dog and decides to make him his own. Together, they travel far and wide, but in his heart Snow Dog knows that no one loves him like the children. So he sets out to find his way home.

In the spirit of such classics as The Velveteen Rabbit, here is a magical, heartwarming story about the transformative power of love.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

13. Annie the Apple Pie Fairy

by: Thomas Nelson
Release date: Sep 02, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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BRILLIANT NEW FAIRY STORY BOOK THAT WILL DELIGHT CHILDREN AND ADULTS!

Annie the Apple Pie Fairy is a TV chef who makes simple, homey pies. One day, her position as the queen of pies is threatened by Sondra the Strudel fairy’s new show. An intense competition starts between Annie and Sondra, and sees their fairy audience become obsessed with Sondra’s fancy pies and the gadgets used to make them. But when the mass of new gadgets and pie-making machines causes a huge power outage, what will happen to all the pies, and will Annie be able to save the day? Find out in this adorable new storybook from the makers of Camilla the Cupcake Fairy!

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Children’s Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy & Magic

14. Barbie in the Pink Shoes: Storybook and Bracelet (BOOK AND JEWELRY)

by: BarbieTMJustine Fontes
Release date: Jan 08, 2013
Number of Pages: 24
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Based on the latest direct–to–video Barbie movie, this new board book retells the exciting story and comes with a charm necklace for girls to wear.

Hailey (Barbie) and her friend Kristen are two ballet students at a special dance school. Their ballet instructor is always telling Hailey to keep to the routine and to stop changing the dance. But, Hailey loves to make the dance her own. One day, Hailey’s dance shoe rips, so she and Kristen go downstairs to the seamstress/cobbler to get her shoes fixed. Madame Katarina gives her a pair of magic dance shoes, which transport the girls to a magical place where Hailey becomes the lead dancer in all the classic ballets. One of the girls is kidnapped by the evil Snow Queen. But with the help of her friend, and by staying true to herself, she dances her way toa bright future. After reading the book, girls can then play pretend with the pretty, collectable bracelet!

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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Performing Arts > Dance

15. Here Is Antarctica (Web of Life)

by: Madeleine DunphyTom Leonard
Release date: Oct 24, 2012
Number of Pages: 32
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Penguins, whales, seals, fish, and many other animals are all part of Antarctica’s food web. In this striking picture book, Madeleine Dunphy uses a cumulative approach, combining lyrical verse with repetition to reveal the region’s interdependency of life. Tom Leonard’s gorgeous illustrations, from the flash of orange on a penguin’s beak to iridescent icebergs jutting from the sea, capture a wondrous miracle ? the circle of life. Here Is Antarctica educates as it entertains, inspiring children to explore this fascinating ecosystem page by page.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health > Diseases

16. Nutmeg

by: DAVID LUCAS
Release date: Aug 08, 2006
Number of Pages: 32
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A sparkling new adventure from the creator of the best-selling Halibut Jackson.

Nutmeg lives a very dull life with her old Uncle Nicodemus and Cousin Nesbitt. They eat nothing but cardboard for breakfast, string for lunch, and sawdust for supper. One day she meets a genie who gives her a magic wooden spoon that not only conjures up all kinds of ingredients, and cooks all by itself, but also transforms their ramshackle old hut into a ship. So Nutmeg and her family sail off to new adventures!

From the Hardcover edition.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > New Experiences

17. QPootle5

by: Nick Butterworth
Release date: Jun 12, 2001
Number of Pages: 32
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QPootle5 has landed.
He has come to earth.
But earth is not where
QPootle5 wants to be.

QPootle5 is on his way to a moon party but one of his rocket boosters won’t boost and his spaceship just won’t fly. The worried little alien enlists some help. But will a small green frog, three birds, and a cat named Henry really be able to fix the spaceship and get QPootle5 to his party on time?

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Children’s Books > Animals

18. Blood Blockade Battlefront Volume 3

by: Yasuhiro NightowYasuhiro Nightow
Release date: Nov 27, 2012
Number of Pages: 200
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Sci-fi insanity from Yasuhiro Nightow, creator of Trigun and Gungrave!

Traffic in New York has never been a picnic, but with the Big Apple destroyed and rebuilt as the dimensional-gate madhouse known as Jerusalem’s Lot, gridlock is a little more complicated. When the city’s forty million jailed paranormal criminals are about to be set loose by a monster truck — literally, a monster truck — the super agents of Libra may have to contend with a rush hour of apocalyptic proportions!

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19. Castle Caper (Wallykazam!) (Super Deluxe Pictureback)

by: Kristen L. DepkenCartobaleno
Release date: Jul 28, 2015
Number of Pages: 24
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Wally Trollman and his pet dragon Norville discover the magic of words in the Nickelodeon animated series Wallykazam! Boys and girls ages 3 to 7 will love this full-color storybook featuring over 30 stickers, collector cards, and a poster!
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Children’s Books > Animals

20. Chiodo Bros.’ Alien Xmas

by: Stephen ChiodoJim StrainCharles Chiodo
Release date: Feb 25, 2015
Number of Pages: 40
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Nothing says Christmas like marauding aliens who mistake Santa’s workshop fora weapon-building facility. Full color.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

21. The Magic Bed

by: John Burningham
Release date: Sep 09, 2003
Number of Pages: 48
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When Georgie outgrows his baby bed, he chooses a big second-hand bed that the thrift shop owner tells him is magic. “The lady who had it before said you could travel in it.” Georgie’s granny teases him about his magic bed. But every night, Georgie has a new adventure with tigers or gnomes or pirates in faraway places. Some nights he would swim with dolphins, which is why his bed is sometimes wet in the morning. And when his granny replaces the old relic with a spanking-new bed, Georgie has his revenge.

John Burningham’s playful handling of a child’s imagination and the special relationship a child has with his or her bed makes this a good-night story that children will beg to hear again and again.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Sleep

22. Space Princess (Barbie Star Light Adventure) (Pictureback(R))

by: Random House
Release date: Jul 19, 2016
Number of Pages: 24
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Children ages 3 to 7 will love this full-color storybook based on the latest Barbie™ movie, releasing in fall 2016. Press-out paper dolls and over 50 stickers are included to add to the fun!
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Girls & Women

23. The Puppy and the Ring (Bubble Guppies) (Pictureback(R))

by: Mary TillworthMJ Illustrations
Release date: Jul 22, 2014
Number of Pages: 24
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Nickelodeon’s fall 2014 Bubble Guppies TV special features a brave and daring Bubble Puppy, who must go on a quest to return a magical ring to its rightful owner. This full-color storybook retells the whole tale and will have boys and girls ages 3 to 7 begging for more!
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

24. The Eye of the Undead: The Hidden Channel: An Adventure Series in Time, Volume I

by: Deborah Solice
Release date: Jan 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 108
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

25. Cloudland

by: John Burningham
Release date: Sep 09, 1996
Number of Pages: 45
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Illustrated in full color. Only John Burningham–four-time winner of a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year award and twice the recipient of Britain’s prestigious Kate Greenaway Award–could have created this subtle and magical fantasy about the dreams of childhood. While hiking in the mountains with his parents, Albert tumbles off a cliff–but is saved by the cloud children who utter magic words that make him very light and keep him from falling. Albert has a wonderful time jumping, swimming, painting, and racing in the sky with the cloud children (he even walks along the jet stream of an airplane!)…until he remembers his mother and father and his own little bed at home. It takes the cloud queen, the man in the moon, and a few more magic words to return Albert to earth. Glorious mixed-media illustrations leap from the oversize pages of this delightful new book by “one of the finest and most original writers at work today” (The New Yorker).  A Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection.  
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Sleep

26. Minnie Wishing On A Bow (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Disney Minnie)

by: Sheila Sweeny Higginson
Release date: Jun 03, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Business is booming at Minnie’s Bow-tique, and Minnie finds herself struggling to keep up! A special delivery comes to the Bow-tique just in time: a magical genie in a lamp named Teeny who will grant three wishes. Minnie and Daisy think they have found the answer to all their problems, but they soon learn that it’s better to give than to receive!
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Friendship

27. Ord Makes A Wish (Dragon Tales Books with Wings)

by: Margaret SnyderTed Enik
Release date: Oct 23, 2001
Number of Pages: 24
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It’s Ord’s birthday, and for his special Dragon Land birthday wish, Ord wishes he were little. Poof! Suddenly he is smaller than a dragon beetle—and loves it! He can hide easily and have a piggyback ride! But when it comes time to eat a huge piece of birthday cake and fly Max on his back, Ord decides that he likes himself best the way he really is—big!
Beautiful, soft, shimmery cloth wings affixed to the front cover add a unique element to this book about Ord-everyone’s favorite dragon.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life

28. Earth Space Moon Base

by: Ben Joel Price
Release date: Aug 26, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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Outer space, a moon base, and . . . bananas? Discover Ben Joel Price’s quirky extraterrestrial world and its unusual trio of guardians.
 
A spaceman, a robot, and a cheeky monkey use a most unusual method to protect Earth from hungry, googly-eyed moon aliens. Ben Joel Price’s offbeat rhymes and colorful, retro-style illustrations evoke a funny little world away from ours, which will captivate readers young and old.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works

29. Frosty the Snowman Pictureback (Frosty the Snowman) (Pictureback(R))

by: Mary Man-KongRandom House
Release date: Sep 09, 2014
Number of Pages: 24
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Boys and girls ages 3 to 7 will feel the magic of the holiday season with this full-color storybook retelling the tale of the most famous snowman of all, Frosty the Snowman!
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

30. Monster Party (Glitter Tattoos)

by: Nate Evans
Release date: Aug 21, 2000
Number of Pages: 24
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This Halloween party for monsters has a tasty twist as guests decorate their own monster cupcakes. Twenty glittery monster tattoos are the bonus.
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Children’s Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy & Magic

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