One of the most popular genres for both adults and children is mystery. Who doesn’t love a good whodunit tale? Kids are typically exposed to this genre through classic books like “Nancy Drew,” “The Hardy Boys,” and “Encyclopedia Brown.” Beyond these, the sky is the limit. Mystery is such a broad category with countless themes. Filled with suspense, codes, puzzles, and intrigue, a good mystery can captivate and engage both emerging and older readers.
Here are 10 of the best mystery books for kids of all ages:
by Denise Fleming
A young cow has lost her moo. As she searches for it, she discovers how to cluck. “Well, that’s not right,” think the other farm animals, so they join the hunt for the lost sound in this colorful vocal barnyard search. The simple repetition will have children chanting right along with cow, “It is not you who has my moo!”
Booklist says, “Evidently inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night, the endpapers add a distinctive beginning and ending to this pleasing picture book, which offers opportunities for children to chime in with farm animal sounds and to predict the story’s outcome.”