Detective Books for Kids

Great Detective Books for Kids

As far as a kid is concerned, nothing beats a great detective book. Kids love fiction, and mystery and detective stories are among their absolute favorites. Here are a very few of the very best.

There are books to be read aloud to very young children, as well as exciting stories for older kids. You have the chance to introduce your child to some of the very newest detective books, as well as old favorites that have been read by generations of young readers. What fun!

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Read Aloud Detective Stories for the Very Young

Eveen very young tots will be able to follow these cute detective stories for very young children. And think how much fun you’ll have reading them aloud!

Detective Small in the Amazing Banana Caper
Detective Small in the Amazing Banana Caper

Private I. Guana: The Case of the Missing Chameleon
Private I. Guana: The Case of the Missing Chameleon

Detective Dinosaur Undercover
Detective Dinosaur Undercover

The Mystery of the Hairy Tomatoes
The Mystery of the Hairy Tomatoes

Bad Bear Detectives: An Irving and Muktuk Story
Bad Bear Detectives: An Irving and Muktuk Story

The Berenstain Bears and the Missing Dinosaur Bone
The Berenstain Bears and the Missing Dinosaur Bone

Davey the Detective

Davey the Detective (A Bird Brain Book)Davey the Detective (A Bird Brain Book)

Davey considers himself the luckiest bird in the world when he discovers a bright, shiny …. paperclip! One day, however, the paperclip goes missing. Whoever could have taken it?

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Detective Stories for Older Children

These books will appeal to children who are a little older, and eager to read them for themselves.

Emil and the Detectives
Emil and the Detectives

The Danger on Shadow Mountain (Double Detectives)
The Danger on Shadow Mountain (Double Detectives)

Stolen Stegasaurus: Book 2 of PaleoJoe's Dinosaur Detective Club
Stolen Stegasaurus: Book 2 of PaleoJoe’s Dinosaur Detective Club

Sam the Cat: Detective (Sam the Cat Mysteries, No. 1)
Sam the Cat: Detective (Sam the Cat Mysteries, No. 1)

Whodunit?: Detective Stories
Whodunit?: Detective Stories

How Can I Be a Detective If I Have to Baby-Sit? (A Stevie Diamond Mystery)
How Can I Be a Detective If I Have to Baby-Sit? (A Stevie Diamond Mystery)

Encyclopedia Brown

A great series of book in which the young Encyclopedia Brown solves a series of mysteries. Since all the clues are given as you read along, kids cal test their own mystery-solving abilities as well.

Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective

Encyclopedia Brown Solves Them All
Encyclopedia Brown Solves Them All

Encyclopedia Brown Keeps the Peace
Encyclopedia Brown Keeps the Peace

Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Secret Pitch
Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Secret Pitch

Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Soccer Scheme
Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Soccer Scheme

Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Secret UFOs
Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Secret UFOs

Nancy Drew Mystery Series

You probably read Nancy Drew when you were a kid, and your mother probably did when she was young. Nancy Drew has enthralled readers for generations — shouldn’t your kid get in on the fun?

(And don’t worry — these are just the first few books in the series. There are lots more!)

Nancy Drew Mystery Stories : The Secret of The Old Clock and The Hidden Staircase
Nancy Drew Mystery Stories : The Secret of The Old Clock and The Hidden Staircase

The Bungalow Mystery (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, Bk 3
The Bungalow Mystery (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, Bk 3

The Mystery at Lilac Inn (Nancy Drew, Book 4)
The Mystery at Lilac Inn (Nancy Drew, Book 4)

The Secret of Shadow Ranch (Nancy Drew, No. 5)
The Secret of Shadow Ranch (Nancy Drew, No. 5)

The Secret of Red Gate Farm (Nancy Drew, Book 6)
The Secret of Red Gate Farm (Nancy Drew, Book 6)

The Clue in the Diary (Nancy Drew, Book 7)
The Clue in the Diary (Nancy Drew, Book 7)

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Is your child ready for the real thing? There’s no one quite like Sherlock Holmes. Your child has probably seen some version of Sherlock on TV or at the movies, so reading the stories is the next logical step. It’s elementary, my dead Watson.

Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes (A Stepping Stone Book)
Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes (A Stepping Stone Book)

The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume I (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume I (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume II (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume II (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

Children’s Detective Books by John Grisham

John Grisham turns his pen to children’s literature in his new series, Theodore Boone, Kid Detective.

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

Theodore Boone: The Accused
Theodore Boone: The Accused

Theodore Boone: The Abduction
Theodore Boone: The Abduction

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