Mystery Series Week Continued: Early Reader/Children’s Mystery Series
One of my favorite areas to visit in a bookstore is the children’s section. Not only are there all different kinds of fabulous books, the fun atmosphere can draw a young person into the section, and thus into the books. Though usually broken down by age levels, reading levels, and then genre, each book has the potential to catch a young reader’s imagination and open their minds up to a vast world of new possibilities and thus, hopefully, instilling a love of books that will last their entire lifetime. All they have to do is open the book and fall in, which can be difficult to make happen at times. Mysteries can often snag a reader’s attention, and help with their reasoning skills, while other books seems boring to the active child.
I have found just a few of those mystery series that were very popular in the school I taught at, and am including them here for you:
Busy Town Mysteries:
Written by: Natalie Shaw
For toddlers to kindergarteners and beyond, the Busy Town Mysteries series is an engagingly bright and fun series of board books and paperbacks that follow a group of animal friends as they discover mysteries and the clues to solve them, working together to find the answers and learn a thing or two along the way.
The Curious George Series:
Written by H.A. Rey and Margaret Rey
Technically not a mystery series, I have included the George books because he is always curious and searching for answers, which is exactly how children know to learn from birth. George, and his young readers, are all detectives in their own ways.
Though the main core of Curious George books are written for the age range of 4-8 year olds (pre-k to 3rd grade), the books are often made into board books, touch and feel books, and flap books suitable for babies and toddlers.
Young Cam Jansen Series:
Written by: David Adler
This series follows the escapades of a young girl with a photographic memory who strives to solve mysteries in the world around her. A young reader early chapter book series, these books are meant for children ages 4 – 8 (pre-k to 3rd grade) and feed into the Cam Jansen series, which follows a little older Cam, who has grown through school with her readers. The older series is meant for ages 8+, and all are a fun read.
Trixie Belden Mysteries:
Written By: Julie Campbell and Kathryn Kenny
These books follow the title character, Trixie, and her group of friends, The Bobwhites, as they help solve mysteries throughout their small town and even across America. Originally written between the years of 1948 and 1986, the series has been brought back in reprints and is now available to love all over again. As with the similar series of Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys (both of which I also highly recommend) these books have been written with clear morals, clean speak, and none of the overt sexuality that seems to be seeping down into even mid-level readers. Trixie Belden and her friends are a great choice for some good clean fun and an escape into a simpler time; even with a mystery to solve!
Written by: N. D. Wilson
A trilogy which follows 12 year old Henry as he moves in with his Aunt, Uncle, and cousins and discovers that everything may not be as he has always believed. The sudden appearance of cupboards in his attic room’s ceiling ushers the family into adventures beyond Henry’s imagination.
Written for age levels 9-12+ (4th – 6th grades), these books may be a little violent for some readers, but the story is well written, magical, and mysterious.
I encourage you to always read a book before handing it over to young readers, especially if you’re at all concerned that they might be sensitive to anything in those books. Remember, innocent minds shouldn’t be inundated with frightening or odd things that could cause nightmares, then the entire house is up all night! I also encourage you to read with the children, to the children, or both with and to the children. The benefits are numerous for everyone involved!
I hope this blog has helped you in some way. I will now get off my soap box, tuck it away, and get back to writing my own book for now. Until we meet again, Have a Blessed Day!