There’s no doubt about it, kids love a good whodunnit. And teachers do, too—the pacing and intrigue of a good mystery is often enough to draw even struggling readers into a big, thick book. Below are the mystery books for kids we think will keep your kids turning pages until the big reveal.


Best Mystery Books for Kids in Grades 2-4

Basil of Baker Street

Trial by Journal


Best Mystery Books for Kids in Grades 3-5

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

 Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective

Juniper Berry

The Fairy-Tale Detectives

Chasing Vermeer

Over Sea, Under Stone

Harriet the Spy

The Ghost Belonged to Me

Malcom at Midnight


Best Mystery Books for Kids in Grades 5-7

The Westing Game

The Case of the Left-Handed Lady

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Half Moon Investigations

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief

The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel)

A Series of Unfortunate Events


Best Mystery Books for Tweens in Grades 7-8

Al Capone Does My Shirts

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

Dani Noir


Must Read Mystery Books for Kids

What do you think? If you were compiling a list of mystery books every kid should read, what would be on it?