Best Kids Books About Sleuthing

Our Favorite 22+ Books About Sleuthing Skills

Updated Jan. 19, 2019

Well hello, Holmes! You've come to the right place to find a new case--we've rounded up our favorite books about sleuthing to help you hone your detective skills and figure out the many mysteries that lie ahead! Whether it's who, how, what, or why, we have confidence that with your investigative skills, you can come to the correct conclusion before it's too late!

Catch That Cookie! book
#1
Catch That Cookie!
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

This is one of my boys all time favorite books! They love love love the adventure of the runaway gingerbread men cookies. This always brings an element of fun to our holiday season. We read it and make our own cookies that always seem to run away. Just like Marshall, my boys get to be detectives and try out their sleuthing for those cookies!

Solve the riddles to find the runaway gingerbread men in this funny and magical cookie hunt! Marshall knows one thing for sure, despite what all the stories say: Gingerbread men cannot run. Cookies are for eating, and he can't wait to eat his after spending all morning baking them with his class. But when it's time to take the gingerbread men out of the oven . . . they're gone! Now, to find those rogue cookies, Marshall and his class have to solve a series of rhyming clues. And Marshall just might have to rethink his stance on magic. Catch That Cookie! is an imaginative mystery, deliciously illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner David Small. It's sure to inspire a new classroom tradition . . . and maybe even a few new believers!

Who Ate All the Cookie Dough? book
#2
Who Ate All the Cookie Dough?
Written by Karen Beaumont and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This eeny-meeny-miney-mo story had a fun twist as they were looking for who stole the cookie dough! Though I thought it was a bit repetitive, it was fun to have all of the different animals and I liked the silly monkey. Another fun addition is the lift-the-flap at the end to find the culprit!

Kanga and her friends try to discover who ate all of her cookie dough.

What Really Happened to Humpty? book
#3
What Really Happened to Humpty?
Written and illustrated by Jeanie Franz Ransom
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Detective Joe Dumpty rushes to investigate the mysterious circumstances under which his older brother, Humpty, fell from a wall on his first day as captain of the new Neighborhood Watch program.

Officer Panda: Fingerprint Detective book
#4
Officer Panda: Fingerprint Detective
Written and illustrated by Ashley Crowley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Officer Panda notices some strange fingerprints in his neighborhood, he sets out to solve the curious case. Children will giggle along as they help Officer Panda figure out who's been leaving mysterious prints everywhere. This engaging picture book from debut talent Ashley Crowley is sure to delight kids over and over again. A fun and informative "Did You Know" section is included at the back so readers can learn more about fingerprints. Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts

Russell and the Lost Treasure book
#5
Russell and the Lost Treasure
Written and illustrated by Rob Scotton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Russell the sheep is determined to find the Lost Treasure of Frogsbottom. Equipped with his Super-Duper Treasure Seeker, Russell searches high and low, up and down, and in and out. Nothing! Finally, Russell finds an old chest! Could it be? Discover how Russell finds the most valuable treasure of all.

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