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The Golden Duck Awards for Excellence in Children's Science Fiction were given annually from 1992 to 2017. The awards were presented every year at Worldcon or the North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC). In 2018 they were replaced by the Notable Book Lists of the same names sponsored by the Library Information and Technology Association (LITA).

Worldcon, or more formally the World Science Fiction Convention, the annual convention of the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS), is a science fiction convention. It has been held each year since 1939. The members of each Worldcon are the members of WSFS, and vote both to select the site of the Worldcon two years later, and to select the winners of the annual Hugo Awards, which are presented at each convention.

NASFiC, a.k.a. the North American Science Fiction Convention, is a science fiction convention scheduled only during years where the Worldcon is being held outside the North American continent. NASFiC bids voted on by the Worldcon membership the year after a non-North American Worldcon site has been selected. As of 2014, this is one year in advance of a potential NASFiC.


The Golden Duck Awards were funded by Super-Con-Duck-Tivity, Inc., which also sponsored the U.S. midwest regional science fiction convention DucKon. Winners were selected by a group of teachers, librarians, parents, high tech workers and reviewers.


DucKon was an annual science fiction convention held every May or June in the Chicago area between 1991 and 2014. The name is a shortening of DUpage CountyKONvention.


The categories are:

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Hal Clement American author

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There was also a provision for a Special Award if a book was found to be outstanding but did not fit any of the standard categories.

Golden Duck Award Winners

Picture Book

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.

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Eleanor Cameron Award

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.

My Teacher Is an Alien is a four-book science fiction children's book series authored by Bruce Coville. The titles include:

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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)
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Shanghaied to the Moon by Michael J. Daley
Gravity Buster: Journal #2 of a Cardboard Genius by Frank Asch

Hal Clement Award

Hal Clement's own writings weren't YA, but 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

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.

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