Mysteries for Kids

I grew up reading Encyclopedia Brown and enjoyed solving mysteries with him.  There are so many more options these days (or so it seems).  Here are some great mysteries to introduce your children to solving capers.

case of the poached eggThe Case of The Poached Egg: A Wilcox & Griswold Mystery
By Robin Newman
Illustrated by Deborah Zemke

When Penny goes missing from the nest, Wilcox and Griswold are called in to track her down. Was the egg stolen by a rival for The Most Round in the Spring Egg-stravaganza? Was she used in a carrot cake or scrambled by a hungry porker? Or was she held for a hefty corn ransom? Who took Penny and can the detectives find her before trouble hatches?


Marty Frye Private EyeMarty Frye Private Eye
Broken into three short stories of poetry and petty crime, this charming chapter book will have young readers in search of a rhyme in no time. Book 1 in the Marty Frye series!

Marty Frye is not your ordinary sleuth. Marty Frye is a poet detective–he makes up rhymes as he solves small crimes. When his friend Emma’s diary is missing, Marty is on the case. When Katie’s flour is nowhere to be found, Marty tracks it down. And when the brand-new Action Chuck figures mysteriously vanish from the toy store, Marty unravels the mystery. Will there ever be a case too hard for Marty to solve? Or a word too impossible to rhyme?


jigsaw jonesThe Case from Outer Space – A Jigsaw Jones Mystery
Jigsaw Jones is back! In this brand new, original mystery from James Preller, Jigsaw and his crew―Mila, Joey, and Danika―find a clue that implies an alien may be about to visit their school! Can it be true? And what does the Little Free Library have that aliens from outer space might want?

(Hint: The school librarian has invited a special guest to talk about space exploration―an astronaut!)

Friendship, mystery, and school-day shenanigans are what make the Jigsaw Jones chapter book mysteries beloved and read over and over. Includes a word jumble (names of planets in solar system), writing prompts, and information on how to start a little free library (which are taking hold in many parts of the country)!


super sleuthJasmine Toguchi – Super Sleuth
The second heartfelt story of friendship and sisterhood in this charming new chapter book series, starring a Japanese-American girl!

It’s a big weekend for Jasmine Toguchi! She’s excited to celebrate Girl’s Day―a Japanese holiday honoring women and girls―with her sister, mother, and best friend, Linnie. On Friday after school, Linnie comes over to plan their outfits for the Girl’s Day celebrations. And Jasmine’s neighbor, Mrs. Reese, lets them search through her old clothes for the perfect accessories. But the clothes are in her dark garage, which is kind of scary. And Linnie decides to go home early, which is kind of weird. And Jasmine’s big sister, Sophie, doesn’t seem to want to join in the Girl’s Day fun this year, which is kind of confusing. WHAT is going on?

As her big weekend plans start to unravel, Jasmine must use her sleuthing skills to spot the clues around her―and within herself. Then maybe, just maybe, she can put everything back in order before Girl’s Day is over!