Mystery books for first graders

What's worrying Private I. Guana? Learn that (and more) in these mystery books for kids.

By GreatSchools Staff

Aunt Eater Loves a Mystery

Aunt Eater Loves a Mystery

Aunt Eater Loves a Mystery by Doug Cushman (Harper Trophy, 1987).$3.99.
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This is a great introduction to the world of mysteries for a proficient beginning reader. In each of these four chapters, Aunt Eater delights in solving mysteries for her friends. Fun illustrations throughout help provide the clues. 64 pages.

— Krisha Roach

Minnie and Moo

Minnie and Moo: The Case of the Missing Jelly Donut

Minnie and Moo: The Case of the Missing Jelly Donut by Denys Cazet (Harper Trophy, 2005). $3.99.
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In this installment of the popular Minnie and Moo cow series, a jelly donut is missing and all that's left behind is a blue feather. Well, the only things around on the farm with feathers are chickens! And so it goes that Minnie and Moo disguise themselves as chickens to get that jelly donut back. 48 pages.

— Krisha Roach

Private I. Guana: The Case of the Missing Chameleon

Private I. Guana: The Case of the Missing Chameleon by Nina Laden

Private I. Guana: The Case of the Missing Chameleon by Nina Laden (Chronicle Books, 1999). $6.99.
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Leon the chameleon didn't come home for dinner last night and his wife is worried! Private I. Guana is on the case. After searching high and low, talking to lizards and salamanders, there's only one place left to look — the wild and crazy Lizard Lounge. Could that chameleon in the dress on stage be Leon? 32 pages.

— Krisha Roach

Young Cam Jansen & The Lost Tooth

Young Cam Jansen & The Lost Tooth

Young Cam Jansen & The Lost Tooth by David Adler (Viking, 1997). $3.99.
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The Young Cam Jansen Series is another excellent beginning book series. This series features Cam, a young detective whose real name is Jennifer. She gets her nickname, Cam, because she has a photographic memory, like a camera. In this story, Cam's friend has lost a tooth in art class and to her dismay the tooth disappears. Will Cam be able to use her photographic memory to help solve this mystery?

— Jennifer Thompson