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 were 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 does not 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.

  • 1992Time Train by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Claire Ewart
  • 1993June 29, 1999 by David Wiesner
  • 1994Richie's Rocket by Joan Anderson, photographed by George Ancona
  • 1995Time Flies by Eric Rohmann
  • 1996Insects from Outer Space by Vladimir Vagin and Frank Asch
  • 1997Grandpa Takes Me to the Moon by Timothy Gaffney, illustrated by Barry Root
  • 1998Floating Home by David Getz, illustrated by Michael Rex
  • 1999Noah and the Space Ark by Laura Cecil, illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark
  • 2000Hush, Little Alien by Daniel Kirk
  • 2001Rex by Robert Gould and Kathleen Duey, illustrated by Eugene Epstein
  • 2002Baloney (Henry P.) by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith
  • 2003Incredible Cross-Sections of Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones by Curtis Saxton and Richard Chasemore
  • 2004Hazel Nutt, Mad Scientist by David Elliot, illustrated by True Kelley (Holliday House, ISBN 0-8234-1711-5)
  • 2005Science Verse by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith (Viking)
  • 2006Captain Raptor and the Moon Mystery by Kevin O'Malley, illustrated by Patrick O'Brien
  • 2007Night of the Homework Zombies by Scott Nickel, illustrated by Steve Harpster (ISBN 9781598890358)
  • 2008Mars Needs Moms by Berkeley Breathed
  • 2009We're Off to Look for Aliens by Colin McNaughton
  • 2010Swamps of Sleethe by Jack Prelutsky
  • 2011Oh No! (Or, How My Science Project Destroyed the World) by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Dan Santat
  • 2012Earth to Clunk by Pam Smallcomb, illustrated by Joe Berger
  • 2013Oh No! Not Again!: (Or How I Built a Time Machine to Save History) (Or At Least My History Grade) by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Dan Santat
  • 2014Vader's Little Princess by Jeffrey Brown
  • 2015Max Goes to the Space Station by Jeffrey Bennett, illustrated by Michael Carroll

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
  • 2009Lighter than Air by Henry Melton
  • 2010Z Rex by Steve Cole
  • 2011Alien Encounter by Pamela Service and Mike Gorman
  • 2012Worst-Case Scenario Ultimate Adventure #2: Mars! by Hena Kahn and David Borgenicht
  • 2013Alien on a Rampage from the Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast series by Clete Barrett Smith
  • 2014 – Two books from the Galaxy Zack series: Hello, Nebulon! and Journey to Juno by Ray O'Ryan and Colin Jack
  • 2015Ambassador by William Alexander

Hal Clement Award[edit]

This award is named for Harry Stubbs's 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
  • 2013Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • 2014The Planet Thieves by Dan Krokos
  • 2015Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell

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 NonfictionYou 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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