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Whodunit? It’s a Mystery.

I love to read. While many of the books I read are not what would be considered classic literature…okay, NONE of the books I read would be considered classic literature…I love them all nonetheless. Many of the books I read are serial mysteries; my favorite authors include John Connolly, Jeffrey Deaver, J.A. Jance, Faye Kellerman, Laura Lippman, John Sandford, Karin Slaughter, Taylor Stevens and P.J. Tracy.
When my kids see me reading mysteries, they want to read mysteries too! Which is great because, research shows that reading age appropriate mysteries helps children develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, all while having fun and gaining confidence as they demonstrate their deductive reasoning prowess.
It’s no mystery there is a benefit to reading mysteries. As you read together with your child, be sure to help them along by engaging them in the story and guiding their reading. You can ask questions about the story such as “What do you think will happen next?” and “Why did he do that?” all the while bolstering their confidence in their ability to figure out whodunit.
Here are some recommendations to turn even the youngest child into a super sleuth.
PICTURE BOOKS
YOUNGER ELEMENTARY
You may remember being introduced to mysteries when you were young - reading Encyclopedia Brown, Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series. Luckily these classic book covers and characters have been updated to appeal to your beginning readers, so they too can share in the adventure and solve the mysteries.
Also check out these fun series for younger readers:
OLDER ELEMENTARY
CLASSICS
And don’t forget these perennial mystery favorites that continue to delight young readers.
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