Whether your children like you to read aloud to them or are into audio books, they’re going to love these mystery chapter books for kids. These must reads are for both boys and girls and are perfect for summer, winter, or any time of the year really. You’ll find new and classic fiction books that are funny, diverse, wholesome, fun and full of adventure.

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This fabulous list of mystery chapter books for kids came about because of my son’s love of reading. Whether it be audiobooks or me reading aloud to him, he’s enjoyed books since he was little. (In fact, at the age of 3 we bought him an iPod just for listening to audiobooks during his quiet time in the afternoon and at night when going to sleep.)

If you’ve ever searched for books for your kids you know that good books are hard to come by. (There are a lot of strange books out there.) With that being said, there are no perfect books so make sure to read them to make sure they match up with your family’s values before giving them to your kids.

We love the books on this list and many of them have been read over and over.

Without further ado, I give you the best mystery chapter books for kids!


 

boxcar children book 1

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Reading Grade Level: 1-5

Series Description: Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny Alden are the Boxcar Children. After becoming orphans they live in an abandoned boxcar but eventually go to live with their loving grandfather. They love adventure and are always looking for a mystery to solve.

Book 1 Available: Amazon


 

Geronimo Stilton the lost treasures of the emerald eye book

Geronimo Stilton by Geronimo Stilton

Reading Grade Level: 2-5

Series Description: Geronimo Stilton is a mouse who is the editor a newspaper called The Rodent’s Gazette. He loves to write about adventures but in this fun series he’s always going on an adventure himself.

Book 1 Available: Amazon


 

genius files mission unstoppable

The Genius Files by Dan Gutman

Reading Grade Level: 3-7

Series Description: Follow along on twins Coke and Pepsi McDonald’s summer vacation – a cross-country RV trip with their parents. As they stop at weird-but-true American tourist destinations they’re being chased by a bunch of psychos that are trying to kill them.

Book 1 Available: Amazon


 

book scavenger book 1

Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Reading Grade Level: 4-6

Series Description: Emily has just moved to San Francisco when she learns that her favorite author, Garrison Griswold, has been attacked and is in a coma. How will she learn the key to his new game where books are hidden in cities all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles? Emily and her new friend James rush to find the clues before the people that attacked Griswold come after them too.

Book 1 Available: Amazon


 

calendar mysteries january joker

Calendar Mysteries by Ron Roy

Reading Grade Level: 1-4

Series Description: If you’re a fan of Ron Roy’s A To Z Mysteries you’ll love this series too. Follow along with Lucy, Brian, Bradley and Nate for mysteries, jokes and tons of clues.

Book 1 Available: Amazon


 

Chet gecko private eye book 1

Chet Gecko, Private Eye by Bruce Hale

Reading Grade Level: 3-7

Series Description: Follow along with pet detective Chet Gecko as he solves mysteries at his school, Emerson Hicky Elementary.

Book 1 Available: Amazon


 

brixton brothers the case of mistaken identity

Brixton Brothers by Mac Barnett

Reading Grade Level: 3-7

Series Description: Steve Brixton is a seventh grader who has an obsession with sibling sleuths in a mystery book series called Bailey Brothers. He ends up becoming American’s best detective by using the tip he’s learned from his favorite fictional sleuths.

Book 1 Available: Amazon


 

nancy drew diaries curse of the arctic star

Nancy Drew Diaries by Carolyn Keene

Reading Grade Level: 3-7

Series Description: Nancy Drew and her friends Bess and George tackle everything from sabotage to kidnapping in this fun series.

Book 1 Available: Amazon


 

ballpark mysteries books 1-5

Ballpark Mysteries by David A. Kelly

Reading Grade Level: 1-4

Series Description: Cousins Kate and Mike take us on sleuthing adventures at different American ballparks. Follow along for the baseball action while learning fun baseball facts.

Book 1 Available: Ballpark Mysteries


 

platypus police squad the frog who croaked

Platypus Police Squad by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Reading Grade Level: 3-7

Series Description: Crime fighters Rick Zengo and Corey O’Malley are platypus police detectives who are always on a zany, action packed adventure in sleuthing.

Book 1 Available: Platypus Police Squad


 

nancy drew clue book pool party puzzler

Nancy Drew Cluebook by Carolyn Keene

Reading Grade Level: 1-4

Series Description: Help Nancy Drew and her friends Bess and George solve mysteries in this interactive book series.

Book 1 Available: Amazon


 

kk undercover mystery the cookie caper

KK Undercover Mystery by Nicholas Sheridan Stanton

Reading Grade Level: 4-6

Series Description: KaSandra Dang who is known as KK to her friends is a fourth grader with a secret. Along with her friends Winifred, Clarities and Daniel, she solves neighborhood mysteries for Secret Agents for Moms, a supersecret government organization called Secret Agents for Moms.

Book 1 Available: Amazon


 

bowser and birdie woof

Bowser and Birdie by Spencer Quinn

Reading Grade Level: 3-5

Series Description: Follow along with the adventures of Bowser and his owner, Birdie. As they dig into mysteries Bowser keeps Birdie from getting into danger.

Book 1 Available: Amazon


 

the sherlock files the 100 year old secret

The Sherlock Files by Tracy Barrett

Reading Grade Level: 4-6

Series Description: Xena and Xander Holmes have just moved to London and expect it to be boring living there. All of that changes when they’re handed a cryptic note that leads to a hidden room where they learn of a secret society and discover that they’re related to the famous Sherlock Holmes. Will they be able to use modern technology to solve their ancestor’s unsolved cases?

Book 1 Available: Amazon


 

hardy boys adventures secret of the red arrow

Hardy Boys Adventures by Franklin W. Dixon

Reading Grade Level: 3-7

Series Description: Joe and Frank Hardy are not only brothers but detectives too. Follow along with these sleuths as they solve Bayport’s toughest mysteries.

Book 1 Available: Amazon


 

sugar creek gang the swamp robber

Sugar Creek Gang by Paul Hutchens

Reading Grade Level: 4-6

Series Description: Bill Collins, Dragonfly and the rest of the Sugar Creek Gang inspire readers in their faith. Follow along with the escapades of this fun-loving and courageous group of Christian boys as they live out their Christian faith in this adventure called life.

Book 1 Available: Amazon


 

nancy drew and the clue crew sleepover sleuths

Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew by Carolyn Keene

Reading Grade Level: 1-4

Series Description: Follow along with eight-year-old Nancy and the Clue Crew, her two best friends George and Bess, as they solve mysteries around their hometown.

Book 1 Available: Amazon


 

Nate the great volume 1

Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Reading Grade Level: 1-4

Series Description: Join boy detective Nate the Great as he solves mysteries.

Book 1 Available: Amazon


 

masterminds book 1

Masterminds by Gordon Korman

Reading Grade Level: 3-7

Series Description: Eli Frieden lives in seemingly perfect Serenity, New Mexico. One day something crazy and unexpected happens that causes Eli and his friends to investigate further. They’ll soon learn that they’re linked to some of the greatest criminal masterminds of their time.

Book 1 Available: Amazon


 

a to z mysteries the absent author

A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy

Reading Grade Level: 1-4

Series Description: Dink Duncan, Josh Pinto and Ruth Rose Hathaway are third graders who live Green Lawn, Connecticut. These three friends are sleuths who love to solves crimes and mysteries. The series titles are in Alphabetical order but you can skip around without missing a thing.

Book 1 Available: Amazon


 

spy school book 1

Spy School by Stuart Gibbs

Reading Grade Level: 3-7

Series Description: Ben Ripley is an awkward and nerdy middle schooler whose dream is to become a C.I.A. agent. When he’s recruited for a magnet school he’s shocked to learn it’s actually a front for a junior C.I.A. academy. Even though there’s been a case of mistaken identity that doesn’t stop Ben from being a halfway decent spy. Follow along on his adventures as he tries to survive the attempts being made on his life.

Book 1 Available: Amazon


 

encyclopedia brown boy detective

Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol

Reading Grade Level: 3-7

Series Description: Encyclopedia Brown, whose real name is Leroy, solves crime for just 25 cents a day (plus expenses, of course). Follow along on the adventures of everyone’s favorite boy detective.

Book 1 Available: Amazon


What are your favorite mystery chapter books for kids? Dalton and I are always looking for a new series to read so please leave your picks below so we can check them out too!

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