Picture Books

Base, Graeme.  Enigma:  A Magical Mystery.  Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2008.  E BAS
When Bertie the badger visits his grandfather at a retirement home for magicians, he learns that his grandfather's rabbit, Enigma, has disappeared along with everyone's magical things, and the reader is invited to help break a code to find the items hidden throughout the book.

Clement, Rod.  Grandpa’s Teeth.  HarperCollins, 1997.  E CLE
Soon after Grandpa's teeth disappear from a glass of water near his bed, Inspector Rate has the whole town under investigation.

Lloyd, Jennifer.  Murilla Gorilla:  Jungle Detective.  Simply Read Books, 2013.  E LLO
Murilla Gorilla is a lovable jungle detective who solves mysteries for her friends. In this case, Ms. Chimpanzee's muffins are stolen and Murilla must crack the case.

Metzger, Steve.  Detective Blue.  Orchard Books, 2011.  E MET
Little Boy Blue is all grown up, and he's a detective working to find Miss Muffet.

Pinkwater, Daniel Manus.  Bad Bear Detectives:  An Irving & Muktuk Story.  Houghton Mifflin, 2006.  E PIN
Irving and Muktuk, polar bears at the zoo in Bayone, New Jersey, are the natural suspects when someone steals a shipment of imported muffins, but they decide to prove that they are not bad bears by finding the real thief.

Scarry, Richard.  Richard Scarry’s The Great Pie Robbery and Other Mysteries.  Sterling, 2008.  E SCA
Whenever the criminals strike Richard Scarry’s two endearing animal sleuths are ready to go—and in this treasury they’re out to catch some pie thieves, nab a supermarket shoplifter who finds an ingenious way to sneak out his goodies, and seize the bad guys who swiped some pearls.

Scotten, Rob.  Secret Agent Splat!  Harper, 2012.  E SCO
Splat notices that his favorite wooden ducks keep going missing--can Secret Agent Splat solve the mystery?

Teague, Mark.  Detective LaRue:  Letters from the Investigation.  Scholastic, 2004.  E TEA
While on vacation, Mrs. LaRue receives letters from her dog Ike who has been falsely accused of harming the neighbor's cats and is trying to clear his name.

Walsh, Ellen Stoll.  Dot & Jabber and the Big Bug Mystery.  Harcourt, 2003.  E WAL
Dot and Jabber, mouse detectives, try to solve the mystery of the disappearing insects.

Yee, Wong Herbert.  Detective Small in the Amazing Banana Caper.  Houghton Mifflin, 2007.  E YEE
When shop owners call on Detective Small to track down a banana thief, he follows the clues to a likely suspect, then learns that the real culprit is still on the loose.

Beginning Reader

Adler, David A.  Bones and the Football Mystery.  Penguin Young Readers, 2012.  E ADL
When Grandpa's lucky hat goes missing during a college football game, detective Jeffrey Bones and his friend Sally help look for it.

Cam Jansen and the Lost Tooth.  Young Cam Jansen 3.  Puffin Books, 1999.  E ADL
Cam uses her photographic memory to help a classmate find the tooth she lost at school.

Berenstain, Stan.  The Berenstain Bears and the Tic-Tac-Toe Mystery.  Random House, 2001.  E BER
The Bear Detectives try to figure out how Tic-Tac-Tom always wins at tic-tac-toe and whether he is cheating.

Bonsall, Crosby.  The Case of the Double Cross.  Harper & Row, 1980.  E BON
Marigold concocts a mystery that finally gets her and her friends into the boys' private eye club.

Cushman, Doug.  Dirk Bones and the Mystery of the Missing Books.  HarperCollins, 2009.  E CUS
Investigative reporter Dirk Bones sets out to discover who is stealing books in the town of Ghostly.

Inspector Hopper.  HarperCollins, 2000.  E CUS
Inspector Hopper and his perpetually hungry assistant McBugg solve three mysteries for their insect friends.

Dungy, Tony.  The Missing Cupcake Mystery.  Simon Spotlight, 2013.  E DUN
Justin, Jordan, and Jade's mother agrees to buy cupcakes if the trio will wait until after dinner to eat them, but one cupcake goes missing and until the mystery is solved, no one will get dessert.

Mooser, Stephen.  Follow That Flea!  Grosset & Dunlap, 2005.  E MOO
Second-grader Goofball Malone is known to be good with jokes, but he finally gets his chance to be a detective when a dalmatian dog, Professor Pup, runs off from his owner.

Rylant, Cynthia.  The Case of the Baffled Bear.  High-Rise Private Eyes 7.  Greenwillow Books, 2004. E RYL
Bunny and Jack, animal detectives, take a break from playing cards to look for Bernard Bear's missing messenger whistle.

Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman.  Nate the Great and the Hungry Book Club.  Nate the Great 26.  Delacorte Press, 2009.  E SHA
Nate and his dog Sludge help Rosamond discover who has been tearing pages out of her books.


Adler, David A.  Cam Jansen and the Ghostly Mystery.  Viking, 1996.  J ADL
Cam uses her photographic memory to catch a thief disguised as a ghost.

Balliett, Blue.  Chasing Vermeer.  Scholastic, 2004.  J BAL
When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.

Buckley, Michael.  The Fairy-Tale Detectives.  Sisters Grimm 1.  Amulet, 2005.  J BUC
Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother that they have always believed to be dead.

Hale, Bruce.  Farewell, My Lunchbag: From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko, Private Eye. Harcourt, 2001.  J HAL
When fourth-grade private eye Chet Gecko is called to catch someone who is stealing food from the school cafeteria, he finds himself framed for the crime.

Howe, Deborah and James.  Bunnicula:  A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery.  Atheneum, 1979.  J HOW
Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.

Konigsburg, E.L.  From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.  Atheneum, 1967.  J KON
Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself.

Roy, Ron.  The Absent Author.  Random House, 1997.  J ROY 
Dink Duncan and his two friends investigate the apparent kidnapping of famous mystery author Wallis Wallace.

Sobol, Donald.  Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective.  T. Nelson, 1963.  J SOB
Fifth-grader "Encyclopedia" Leroy Brown solves ten mysteries and, by putting the solutions at the back of the book, challenges the reader to do the same.

Van Draanen, Wendelin.  Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief.  Knopf, 1998.  J VAN
Thirteen-year-old Sammy's penchant for speaking her mind gets her in trouble when she involves herself in the investigation of a robbery at the "seedy" hotel across the street from the seniors' building where she is living with her grandmother.

Warner, Gertrude Chandler.  The Boxcar Children.  Boxcar Children Mysteries 1.  A. Whitman, 2002. J WAR
Four orphaned children run away and live in a boxcar, until they are found by their grandfather.