Golden Duck Award

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The Golden Duck Awards for Excellence in Children's Science Fiction have been given annually since 1992. The awards are presented every year at Worldcon or the North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC). In 2014 the awards will be presented at the NASFiC, Detcon1.[1]


The categories are:

There is also provision for a Special Award if a book is found to be outstanding but doesn't fit any of the standard categories


The Golden Duck Awards are funded by Super-Con-Duck-Tivity, Inc., a 501(c)3 corporation, which also sponsors the U.S. midwest regional science fiction convention DucKon. Winners are selected by a group of teachers, librarians, parents, high tech workers and reviewers.

Golden Duck Award Winners[edit]

Picture Book[edit]

The picture book award is sometimes given to a book with non-fictional science content with a story "wrapper" as well as traditional Science Fiction themes.

  • 1992 - Time Train by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Claire Ewart
  • 1993 - June 29, 1999 by David Wiesner
  • 1994 - Richie's Rocket by Joan Anderson, photographed by George Ancona
  • 1995 - Time Flies by Eric Rohmann
  • 1996 - Insects from Outer Space by Vladimir Vagin and Frank Asch
  • 1997 - Grandpa Takes Me to the Moon by Timothy Gaffney, illustrated by Barry Root
  • 1998 - Floating Home by David Getz, illustrated by Michael Rex
  • 1999 - Noah and the Space Ark by Laura Cecil, illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark
  • 2000 - Hush, Little Alien by Daniel Kirk
  • 2001 - Rex by Robert Gould and Kathleen Duey, illustrated by Eugene Epstein
  • 2002 - Baloney (Henry P.) by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith
  • 2003 - Incredible Cross-Sections of Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones by Curtis Saxton and Richard Chasemore
  • 2004 - Hazel Nutt, Mad Scientist by David Elliot illustrated by True Kelley (Holliday House, c2003 ISBN 0-8234-1711-5)
  • 2005 - Science Verse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith (Illustrator) (Viking)
  • 2006 - Captain Raptor and the Moon Mystery by Kevin O'Malley, illustrated by Patrick O'Brien
  • 2007 - Night of the Homework Zombies by Scott Nickel, Illustrated by Steve Harpster; (ISBN 9781598890358)
  • 2008 - Mars Needs Moms by Berkeley Breathed
  • 2009 - We're Off to Look for Aliens by Colin McNaughton
  • 2010 - Swamps of Sleethe by Jack Prelutsky
  • 2011 - Oh No! (Or, How My Science Project Destroyed the World) by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Dan Santat
  • 2012 - Earth to Clunk by Pam Smallcomb, illustrated by Joe Berger

Eleanor Cameron Award[edit]

This award is given to chapter books and middle grade novels. The protagonists are science users and problem solvers. Occasionally books with fantasy elements but a science fiction theme have won.

Whales on Stilts by M. T. Anderson, illustrated by Kurt Cyrus (Harcourt, 2005. ISBN 0-15-205340-9)
The Fran That Time Forgot by Jim Benton (Aladdin, ISBN 0-689-86298-9)
Shanghaied to the Moon by Michael J. Daley
Gravity Buster: Journal #2 of a Cardboard Genius by Frank Asch
  • 2009 - Lighter Than Air by Henry Melton
  • 2010 - Z Rex by Steve Cole
  • 2011 - Alien Encounter by Pamela Service and Mike Gorman
  • 2012 - Worst-Case Scenario Ultimate Adventure #2: Mars! by Hena Kahn and David Borgenicht

Hal Clement Award[edit]

This award is named for Harry Stubbs pen name because his high school science teaching career strongly connects him to the YA age group. The primary story elements are correct science with science fictional extrapolations and characters who solve problems on their own.

The Winds of Mars by H.M. Hoover
The Night Room by E.M. Goldman
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press, 2008, ISBN 978-0-439-02348-1)
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC, 2008, ISBN 978-0-7653-1985-2)
A Beautiful Friendship by David Weber
A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

Special Award Winner[edit]

Stone Arch Books for publishing quality science fiction graphic novels
Special Award Nonfiction - World of Science Fiction - 12 Titles by John Hamilton. Abdo Publishing Company.
  • 2010 - Special Award Nonfiction - You Write It: Science Fiction by John Hamilton. Abdo Publishing Company.


  1. ^ DeNardo, John (January 9, 2014). "Detcon1 Announces the Detcon1 Awards for Young Adult and Middle Grade Speculative Fiction". SF Site. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 

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