From embarking on secret missions to unveiling age-old mysteries, the 64 books mentioned below are sure to have your students captivated! Mystery tales not only challenge young readers’ thinking but also invite them to put their deductive reasoning skills to the test!
You and your kiddos are invited to become detectives and try to solve the mysteries within these 64 marvelous mystery books below! Let’s dive in!
1. Harley James: The Mystery Of The Mayan Kings
In order to save the world, Harley must find the missing Mayan statue! In order to do so, she embarks on an exhilarating journey through the Guatemalan jungle- solving tricky riddles as she goes. This is the perfect mystery book for your learners aged between 8 and 12 years old.
2. Legend Of The Star Runner
Put your students’ minds to the test as they work to uncover the hidden mysteries that lie between the pages of Legend Of The Star Runner. They’ll work to find clues with Timmi Tobbson and his friends, who have less than 24 hours to save one of their dearest friends.
3. Case Closed: Mystery In The Mansion
Your mystery lovers will be captivated by this read! Carlos needs to help his mom save her detective agency but when she suddenly falls ill. Inexperienced Carlos steps up to the plate to take on a mysterious case that has befallen a peculiar millionaire and his secret mansion in the neighborhood.
4. The Mysterious Benedict Society
Invite your readers to embark on an adventurous journey like no other! They’ll join a group of the most gifted and creative orphans as they go on a mission to discover the hidden secrets that lie under the Learning Institute for The Very Enlightened.
5. Nancy Drew Mystery Stories: Books 1-4
Your lovers of classic mystery tales will adore this four-piece collection of the best Nancy Drew books. It’s no wonder that these have quickly become favorite mystery books for young readers. Thanks to their interesting storylines and captivating riddles, they’re sure to remain up there for years to come!
6. Into The Dark
This next pick is an enchanting read for your kids who love thrillers! Ella Tickles and her family have just moved to a new town. She is certain that their new home is haunted, and when no one believes her she enlists the help of clerks from the local magic shop. She soon discovers how to lift the curse that a witch, the previous owner, has cast upon the house.
7. A-Z Mysteries: Detective Camp
This one is for the wannabe detectives in your class! In this story, your readers will follow Dink, Josh, and Ruth as they go through detective camp and learn how to solve crimes. They might just be surprised when they discover that there’s something fishy going on at the camp itself!
8. The Secret Lake
Have your readers follow the enchanting tale of a brother and sister duo. Tom and Stella become intrigued with their neighbor’s dog who continually disappears and returns home sopping wet every time! They’ll travel through time, making new friends and enemies in this mesmerizing read.
9. History’s Mysteries
Spark your kiddies’ interest with this collection of mysteries from the past by National Geographic. It’s one of the best kids’ mystery books for teaching them all about the oddities of the past from sightings of Bigfoot to the puzzling structure of Stonehenge, this book has it all! What a great addition to your classroom library!
10. History’s Mysteries: Freaky Phenomena
Dive even deeper into the mysteries of the past with another read from National Geographic. This compilation of freaky phenomena will give your young learners an opportunity to put their sleuthing skills to work as they try to make sense of puzzling events throughout history!
11. The Feather Chase
When cousins Sophie and Jessica spend the summer break together they realize that they don’t have much in common at all. That is until they stumble upon a mysterious briefcase in the woods and must work together to uncover the mystery of the feather chase. Your kiddos are sure to love this enthralling story!
12. Sleuth & Solve
Challenge your students to put on their thinking caps and get solving! This awesome book invites them to piece together clues in order to solve more than 20 different mysteries. Fear not though, as the answer to each mystery can be revealed under a nifty little flap once they feel confident that they’ve cracked the case!
13. Trouble On The Wild West Express
If you have any fans of Wild West tales and mystery stories they will absolutely love this rendition of The Boxcar Children. In this interactive read, they’ll have the opportunity to put their sleuthing skills to the test to uncover what is bringing the chaos of the olden days to life!
14. Puzzlooies: Mystery At Mallard Mansion
This next pick lets your kiddos get involved in solving the mystery of this next book! Mystery At Mallard Mansion gives your readers special opportunities to unravel riddles and clues like never before! Puzzlooies puts them at the fore of leading the team to uncover the mystery at Mallard Mansion.
15. Legacy Of The Inventor
If your class loved the last Timmi Tobbson book, we have some great news for you; there’s more! In this installment, your students will be responsible for helping Timmi and his team discover the whereabouts of a famous inventor who has mysteriously vanished. In order to solve the mystery and save the inventor, they’ll have to follow the clues given to the team.
16. The Mystery Of The Disappearing Underwear
Comedy meets mystery in the tale of the disappearing underwear! Your class will be laughing their way through this read where they’ll partner up with adventure-seeking neighbors Stacy, Harry, and James to find Harry’s undies and reveal the true intentions of the new neighbors at number 35.
17. The Dollhouse Murders
Make sure your kids are mature enough to handle this spooky story! In The Dollhouse Murders, Amy works to decipher the odd death of her great-grandparents in this chilling read. She wonders if the dolls in her attic are trying to tell her something when she discovers that they are moving by themselves!
18. Summer Of The Woods
Summer Of The Woods is a mystery-meets-adventure type book that your readers will undoubtedly enjoy. Your kiddies will follow the story of brothers Sam and Derik as they spend their Summer on the run after discovering a 60-year-old coin collection that had been stolen from the local museum.
19. The Missing Combination Mystery
Introduce your young readers to the world of mystery books with this interesting, case-solving tale. A little boy named Chris stumbles across an old safe in his grandparent’s basement and in searching for the combination, he and his friends unveil secrets about their town. Your kiddos will be hooked!
20. Mystery In The Crooked Creek Woods
In this relatable story, The Tree Street Kids work together to discover the mysterious happenings in the Crooked Creek Woods. What’s with the strange lights in their neighbor’s garden? What will they find hidden in the woods? Invite your students to help these kids uncover the mystery of a century!
21. Kudo Kids: The Mystery Of The Masked Medalist
The Kudo kids are at it again and your kiddies will be along for the ride! In this installment of these famous chapter books, Andy and Mika embark on a journey to Tokyo. Gamers in your class will love helping Andy crack the case of the masked medalist who has hidden virtual medals all over the city.
22. The Radium Girls
We love finding scary but true stories to add to the list, and this is no exception! Your students’ logical thinking skills are about to be put to the test. The radium girls lie at the heart of this chilling read about women who fall ill after working with radium-based paint. Shockingly enough, the corporation they work for desperately tries to cover up the mystery.
23. The Mysteries Of The Universe
On a more factual side of the mystery world, your readers are invited to discover the beautiful mysteries of space. Your 7 to 9-year-olds can look forward to interesting facts, recent discoveries, and more in The Mysteries Of The Universe! What they’ll discover will be out of this world!
24. Secret Of The Staircase
A secret lies beneath the vast staircase in the Jefferson Hotel. Your kiddos will join Sam and his friends as they go on a mission to find two lost wedding rings and unveil Jefferson’s strangest guests yet! They’ll be pleading with you to get the next installments for your class library so that they can keep reading!
25. The Secret Zoo
If your class loves fantasy, animal, and mystery-related books, we can guarantee they’ll have a hard time putting this book down! Something strange is going on at the Clarksville Zoo and when his sister disappears, Noah and his friends set out on a mission to find her!
26. The Secret Of The Hidden Scrolls
The Secret Of The Hidden Scrolls is an awesome time travel book series for your mystery lovers! After discovering biblical scrolls, Hank, Peter, and Mary are transported back in time and must work through a series of clues to get back to the present day!
27. Legend Of Loch Ness Monster For Kids
Myth or mystery? Let your kids decide! The Loch Ness monster has intrigued people for hundreds of centuries! This interesting book invites your young readers to discover the marvelous mystery through retellings of the earliest sightings of Nessie and even some of the science behind this mystery!
28. Nature’s Treasures
Fantastical mysteries are hidden all throughout nature. In this read, your students will take a deep dive into some of the most magnificent curiosities that exist in our natural world! Nature’s Treasures is a fantastic read to let them marvel at the mystery of life itself!
29. Scaredy Bat And The Art Thief
Dive into this tale of a vampire who’s scared of everything! Ellie, otherwise known as Scaredy Bat, is invited to be a detective in the case of the stolen painting- but will her fears hold her back? Your readers will follow along as Ellie works hard to overcome her fears and solve the case!
30. Sherlock Holmes: The Hound Of The Baskervilles
In this classic children’s mystery, detective Sherlock Holmes solves the case of the poor haunted Baskervilles. In this reworked, high-quality mystery book, Holmes and Watson not only solve the case, but they’ll also discover untold truths of the past. My dear Watson, this is certainly a classic that needs to be added to your classroom library!
31. Rebekah Girl Detective Books 1-8
This is an awesome collection your 1st and 2nd-grade kiddos will love! Rebekah Girl Detective will encourage your readers to put their problem-solving skills to the test in order to get to the bottom of the relatable mysteries she faces.
32. Hazy Bloom And The Mystery Next Door
Your kids can add this to their summer book reading list! Bored during her own summer holiday, the main character, Hazel discovers a dark secret lurking in the house next to hers. She works hard to reveal the truth about the strange events occurring next door and save her neighborhood from doom.
33. The Mystery At Mount Rushmore
This super addition to America’s National Mystery book series is this fantastic tale about Mount Rushmore. Your readers will look forward to discovering the curious mysteries surrounding the national monument in this thrilling read.
34. World Travelers And The Taj Mahal Mystery
Your kiddos will be transported to India in this totally jam-packed book! Eddie and MJ not only build an obstacle course, play outside, and enjoy movie time, but they must also travel to the Ta Mahal to save a school- all in the space of one day! We’re tired just thinking about it all!
35. Magic Treehouse: Camp Time In California
If you’re on the hunt for a thrilling list of mystery books to engage your readers, look no further! In this edition of the Magic Treehouse series, Jack and Annie uncover a shocking mystery whilst away on camp in California.
36. The History Mystery Kids
If your kids love plots that involve time travel, historical events, and case-solving mysteries; this is the book for them! After watching their father get sucked into a book, these children go on a search throughout history in order to find him. This book is the first in a series of five, so there’s plenty to keep them going!
37. Mystery Of The Egyptian Scroll
Teleport your students to ancient Egypt and let them follow Zet as he goes on a mission to find an important scroll that has gone missing. He must use deductive reasoning like never before because he’s certainly no sleuth and wants, more than anything, to be the one who solves the mystery.
38. Ballpark Mysteries: The Atlanta Alibi
Your readers aged 6-9 will love this fun baseball-themed book. They’ll be captivated by the story about cousins Kate and Mike who are on a mission to track down their friend’s record-breaking bat and ball that’s been stolen!
39. Ghost Island Mystery
Ghost Island Mystery follows the story of the sudden disappearance of a lighthouse keeper. The new occupants of the dilapidated lighthouse are now on the hunt to unearth what really happened to him. Will your readers figure it out before the last page?
40. Mystery In Rocky Mountain National Park
We love the National Park Mystery Series, and we know your readers will too! Following in his late grandfather’s footsteps, Jake is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery that plagued his grandfather for years. With the help of his friends, he follows a series of clues that lead him deep into the heart of Rocky Mountain National Park.
41. The Mystery Of Darkhill School
This one is for your kids who love ghost stories! Upon arrival in her new town, Bella Gubbins learns that the school she will be attending is haunted! She is dead set on getting to the bottom of why the ghost of an old man roams the corridors and taunts the school kids.
42. The Mystery Of The Titanic: A Historical Investigation For Kids
Your students will be totally enthralled as they piece together the clues to one of the most iconic shipwrecks in history. They’ll be introduced to this famed historical investigation through the well-illustrated pages of The Mystery of the Titanic and discover what it was that led to this extraordinary ship sinking.
43. The Mystery Of Blackbeard The Pirate
Ahoy, matey! After the death of Blackbeard the pirate, four local kids set off on the adventure of a lifetime to discover the mystery behind what led to his sudden death. Have your kids tag along on this exciting treasure hunt tale!
44. Mystery Of The Egyptian Amulet
Bring your class on another adventure to ancient Egypt in this read. After cracking the first case of a stolen scroll, Zet has more faith in his sleuthing abilities. He’s now tasked with the case of cracking the code inscribed in an ancient amulet in order to rescue his friend.
45. Harley James And The Peril Of The Pirate’s Curse
Harley James is at it again! Bring your students along for the boat ride in this installment of the book series- The Peril of the Pirate’s Curse! Harley must protect a rare pearl in order to prevent the dangerous demise of Port Royal in Jamaica. Can she solve the riddles and crack the codes in time? Your kiddos will have to read to find out!
46. Over The Edge: A Mystery In The Grand Canyon National Park
In Over the Edge, your kiddos will be transported into a cyber world like never before! With each turn of a page, they’ll follow Dr. Landon and her daughter as they work to reveal who has sent a threatening email about her plan to save the condors in the Grand Canyon.
47. The Mystery In Chocolate Town
Have your kiddos join in on this chocolatey mystery set in Hershey, Pennsylvania. When a family’s plans to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the candy company are interrupted by the discovery of missing silver dollars, they must spring into action to solve the case! The story is the perfect gift for your chocolate and mystery lovers alike!
48. The Case Of The Christmas Counterfeits
Here’s a great book for your kids to add to their winter break reading list! Let them follow the story of two teenage boys who are determined to unveil the secret appearance of $2 billion worth of counterfeit money. Help Pablo and Jeffrey crack the case as the rest of the world prepares for one of the most beloved periods of the year
49. Calendar Mysteries: September Sneakers
Can your young readers solve the case of the September Sneakers? At the beginning of a new year, everything seems to be going wrong! Four school friends have been tasked with caring for their class pet- Goldi the hamster. When she goes missing and is replaced with a sneaker, they must solve the clues to get Goldi back.
50. The Haunting Of Wainrich Manor
The Haunting Of Wainrich Manor is sure to captivate your mystery lovers! In this wholesome read, nobody can understand why an abandoned manor is being haunted- as it has a security system as tight as one of the world’s toughest prisons! Let your kiddos take a crack at trying to solve this exciting mystery!
51. Five Minute Mysteries
This five-minute mystery book is perfect for you to kill some time in between lessons or to recommend as a lunchtime read. Your class will solve the mysteries by piecing together the riddles and clues that lie beneath the spine of this thought-provoking book.
52. Two Minute Mysteries
If your day is just too jam-packed for a five-minute mystery, how about a two-minute version? Challenge your readers to get to the bottom of the puzzles in this book in two minutes or less!
53. Solve The Mystery: 41 Puzzling Cases
Recommended for readers aged 10 years and up, this read is filled with cases concerning murder, robbery, thievery, and more! Your students will need to dig deep and engage their brains to solve the puzzling cases in this book!
54. Try Not To Die In Brightside
It’s a prison break! This interactive book will task your kiddos with helping Becky escape the treacherous prison known as Brightside and uncover why her brother Wendell desires to remain put. They’ll have to make decisions to escape to the mysterious ruins just outside the prison in order to safely get away.
55. The Swifts: A Dictionary of Scoundrels
Let your kiddos dive into the intriguing world of the Swifts, an infamous family of ne’er-do-wells. When her Aunt is murdered at a family reunion, Shenanigan is set on solving the mystery and finding the killer! This book is a perfect introduction to the mystery genre for your class!
56. Among the Hidden
In a world where families are allowed only two children, Luke, the third child, must live in hiding. As he discovers others like him, he’s faced with challenging decisions, pushing boundaries, and questioning societal norms. This is the first in a trilogy of middle-grade mystery books that your kids will be addicted to!
57. Shadow Jumper
This mysterious adventure is perfect for your middle school kiddos! Plagued by a skin condition, Jack can only venture out at night. Navigating the world of shadows, he becomes the “Shadow Jumper,” solving mysteries and confronting a cryptic message in the dark, unseen by the rest of the world.
58. Skulduggery Pleasant
Magic, mayhem, and adventure; your readers will go along for the crazy ride! In this first book of a mystery series, Stephanie teams up with a witty skeleton detective named Skulduggery Pleasant. The duo fights dark forces, deciphers enchantments, and cracks intricate puzzles in a world teeming with supernatural threats.
59. The Screaming Staircase
Your readers will love this thrilling adventure! Have them join Lockwood & Co.- a group of young, resourceful children as they confront ghosts and sinister apparitions. Investigating the haunted Screaming Staircase, they’re drawn into a web of supernatural intrigue, battling vengeful spirits to uncover the truth.
60. Lizard’s Tale
In a bustling Southeast Asian city, Lizard finds himself caught up in a mess of espionage, treachery, and deceit. As he navigates the criminal underworld, your kids will be hooked as they read about this mission to retrieve a stolen artifact while unearthing a grander conspiracy. What an amazing adventure story!
61. Premeditated Myrtle
Young investigator Myrtle Hardcastle has a knack for forensics. When a neighbor is found dead, Myrtle is convinced it’s murder. With a little help from other curious children, she investigates the clues, challenging expectations to reveal the truth. This is the first book of a mystery series that will undoubtedly engage your kiddos coming back for more!
62. The Detective’s Assistant
Here’s a book to empower all of the girls in your class! Based on real-life detective Kate Warne, this tale recounts the adventures of her niece, Nell. Together they unravel intricate mysteries, embark on thrilling chases, and employ clever disguises, proving that women can be masterful detectives too!
63. Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile
Eddie, a genius with a photographic memory, is the NYPD’s secret weapon. Juggling school and sleuthing, he’s on a quest to outsmart cunning art thieves in one of the most exciting detective stories that your kids will read this year!
64. Horton Halfpott: Or, The Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor; or, The Loosening of M’Lady Luggertuck’s Corset
Mischief abounds in Smugwick Manor when M’Lady Luggertuck’s precious corset is loosened! Horton Halfpott, a humble kitchen boy, finds himself on an amazing adventure, unraveling a convoluted, hilarious mystery. As kids’ mystery books go, this is a clever adventure that your readers will surely enjoy!