S2E25: Lisa Yaszek Interview – A Reader's History of Science Fiction
Robert Heinlein was one of the first major authors to write science fiction specifically for children. In this episode, we explore how he did it and what sets him apart from his contemporaries in this area, along with the other classic children’s sci-fi books up through the golden age.
Book recommendation: Have Spacesuit–Will Travel
Other books mentioned:
The Tom Swift Series
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
Grumbles from the Grave, Chapter 3
John J. Miller on Starship Troopers
Adam Gopnik on The Little Prince
Farah Mendlesohn on children’s sci-fi
Alec Nevala-Lee on Heinlein’s writing
Nice episode that brought back some old memories.
I hate to admit I never read any of the Heinlein juveniles, but I did read some of Asimov’s “Lucky Starr” series.
Another children’s series from the 1950s-60s was the Mushroom planet series by Eleanor Cameron (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleanor_Cameron).
Another not quite sci-fi is “Hold Zero!” by Jean Craighead George about some kids involved in model rocketry (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12575200-hold-zero).