Little Detectives:
Mystery Books for 6- to 8-Year-Olds

by Dena McMurdie

Photography by Seana Williamson

Every time I read a mystery with my kids, I’m surprised at how much they pick up. Often, my kids will stop me halfway through a book to tell me their hypothesis (yes, they use that word) and make predictions about the rest of the story. Mysteries get kids to think differently and pay attention to details they might not otherwise notice.

You can help your little detectives hone their sleuthing skills with these mysterious reads.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2015 and updated in 2022.