8 Children's Books About Treasure

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Hardy Boys 1: The Tower Treasure book
#1
Hardy Boys 1: The Tower Treasure
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The Hardy Boys series, first published in 1927, has sold more than 70 million copies! Now with a brand-new look, this is an edition that collectors won't want to miss! In The Tower Treasure, the first book in the incredibly popular, long-running series, Frank and Joe Hardy work together to solve a high-stakes jewel heist. A special treat for Hardy Boys fans and any reader who's new to the series!

Arabian Nights Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp book
#2
Arabian Nights Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

With this sounds primer, hear the whoosh of a jinni, the rustle of a magician's robes, the tinkle of jewels in a cave of treasures, and much more.

Ollie's Treasure book
#3
Ollie's Treasure
Written by Lynn Jenkins and illustrated by Kirrili Lonergan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Ollie’s Treasure is tale of mindfulness for young, developing minds. Ollie’s grandma sends him a treasure map that promises to lead him to ‘something that will make him happy always’. Of course, Ollie thinks this ‘something’ will be a toy of some sort, but he gets both a rude shock and a big surprise when his treasure turns out to be him!

The Secret of the Silver Mines book
#4
The Secret of the Silver Mines
Written and illustrated by Shane Peacock
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Just when Dylan Maples is settling down after last summer's trip to Ireland's Eye, the parental units are at it again--planning another family adventure. Only this time, it's not a summer vacation, but an extended trip way up north to Cobalt, Ontario, in the middle of a bitter winter. Once a thriving silver mining community, all that's left of the town's rich history are the long abandoned mines. A Toronto millionaire has hired Dylan's dad to retrieve a fortune in silver allegedly stolen from his grandfather back in the early part of the twentieth century. But was the fortune really stolen? And if so, where has it been hidden? The answers to these questions reside with one man--Theobald T. Larocque, Cobalt's oldest citizen. But no one has seen him in years. And no one seems at all eager to help Dylan's dad locate him--except, of course, his devoted son Dylan, and Dylan's newfound friend and accomplice, Wynona Dixon.

Treasure of the Golden Skull book
#5
Treasure of the Golden Skull
Written by Chris Priestley
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Mildew and Sponge don't think much of Maudlin Towers, the blackened, gloom-laden, gargoyle-infested monstrosity that is their school. But when they are told the school might close, our heroes realize being apart and somewhere else could be even worse! What starts out as a secret hunt for buried treasure quickly becomes weirder than Mildew and Sponge could ever have imagined. Who is that new boy who can get people to do whatever he wants just by looking them intently in the eye? (A hypnotist!) Why does that strange teacher have tattoos and a beard? (He's really a pirate also looking for the treasure!) Could their heartbroken English teacher hold the key to this riddle of riddles? (Just maybe...) Most importantly, can Mildew and Sponge save the day – and the school – once more?

The Treasure (Rip Squeak and Friends) book
#6
The Treasure (Rip Squeak and Friends)
Written by Susan Yost-Filgate and illustrated by Leonard Filgate
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Rip Squeak the mouse, his sister Jesse, Abbey the kitten, and Euripedes the frog set out on an adventure after they find a mysterious map marked with a large black "X."

Attack of the Zombie Mermaids book
#7
Attack of the Zombie Mermaids
Written by Michael Anthony Steele and illustrated by Pauline Reeves
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Captain Banana Beard thinks that finding Neptune's Trident will bring him great fortune. But the treasure carries a curse! What will the Nearly Fearless Monkey Pirates do when they come face to face with zombie mermaids?

Les aventures de Sven le terrible book
#8
Les aventures de Sven le terrible
Written by Rhéa Dufresne and illustrated by Orbie
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

Les vacances sont terminées ! À bord de La Méduse, Sven repart pour de nouvelles aventures trépidantes ! Sa dernière carte au trésor déchiffrée, il met le cap à l’ouest sans attendre, en quête d’une île mystérieuse. Toutefois, lorsque les brumes qui encerclent l’île se dissipent, ce n’est pas un trésor que Sven et sa bande découvrent, mais bien une princesse et pas des moins exigeantes. Sven est bien décidé à ignorer cette princesse opportuniste, mais la situation s’envenime lorsque Kit Malouf apparaît et fait preuve d’une galanterie étonnante.

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