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Suggested Mystery Books for First Grade


Put on your detective cap and get sleuthing with one of these mystery stories.  Books are suggested for First Grade, but remember that each reader is different and might find something interesting at another level.

The case of the missing painting by illustrator Dosh Archer

Detective Paw and Patrol Officer Prickles must track down who stole a painting from the Big City Art Museum.

Also available in: e-audiobook

Daily Tombs newspaper reporter Dirk Bones, who also happens to be a skeleton, investigates when a family of ghosts fears that they are being haunted.

It's shoe time! by illustrator Mo Willems


If you choose to wear unmatched shoes, can they still be a pair?

Nate the Great and the wandering word by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Nate the Great helps his friend Esmeralda find the word she wrote down that was going to be the name of the upcoming pet concert, before it's too late.

Nifty noses by Felicia Macheske

Provides clues and illustrations to help readers guess what animal is being described.

When Bear's cake goes missing, he attempts to track down the culprit, in a book where each letter of the alphabet represents a clue to the mystery.

What is inside THIS box? by Drew Daywalt

Monkey has a big box, which he tells Cake has a cat inside, but only when the box is closed; Cake suggest that maybe it is a dinosaur instead, and the two friends puzzle over how they can solve the problem of finding out what is in the box, if it is always empty when opened.