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This list of early chapter book mysteries and detective stories is designed for young readers transitioning from easy reader books to longer novels. In general, they are appropriate for children ages , although some 5 year olds who are early learners will enjoy reading these titles, as well. Because the average age of learning to read is seven, reading levels vary widely in this age group but the material is all age appropriate, even if the level of the book is not right for your particular child. Mysteries are an excellent choice for children who may be struggling because the story has built in suspense. In addition, many of the early chapter book mysteries I included are quite humorous, or have tongue-in-cheek humor inspired by classic hard-boiled detective novels. Animal lovers will find a few good picks on this book list, too! Note: Book covers and titles are affiliate links.
Reading mysteries challenges kids to figure out the solution before the main characters do. Can you do it? Try your hand with these are best, highly recommended mystery chapter books for kids ages 5 to The books listed start with beginning chapter books then move to middle grade and YA. Got younger kids? Find mystery picture books here.