Looking for books like The Boxcar Children? Below are five great mystery chapter book recommendations by parents! Inspire your young child to read by offering them intriguing series!
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Our children enjoy a lot of screen time under the guise of "educational" apps and shows. iPads, on-demand TV, and video games are competing for attention. We want our girls to read to help them succeed in school. More importantly though, we want them to treasure the joy of reading.
A book is an opportunity to slow down, to imagine... to get lost in another world or mystery.
Most parents know the top picture book titles, but finding a strong series of chapter books can be challenging. To be frank, there is a lot of junk out there, my friends. When our girls were ready to transition into chapter books it was a struggle. They seemed to lose their passion for reading.
Until we picked up this classic at a rummage. We've got a vintage copy. This series sparked my daughter's interest. Each day Rose loves reading and solving an Encyclopedia Brown and Boxcar children mystery with my husband.
Awesome Mystery Series For Kids
Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol
This is a set of 29 mystery books. Each books is broken down into short stories that offer the readers clues to a mystery. Of course, the boy detective, named Encyclopedia, solves every puzzle. The fun is in figuring out how he makes his deductions. Readers can flip to the back of the book for an answer section to see his logic. These books come highly recommended! Check out the series here.
The Boxcar Children Books by Gertrude Chandler Warner are on our must-read list.
Are your kids hooked on mysteries too? Here are a couple of other great titles if they liked these two classics!
5 Mysteries For Kids Who Are Looking For Books Like The Boxcar Children & Encyclopedia Brown
Below are five books recommended for your little gumshoe:
1. Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew by Carolyn Keene and Macky Pamintuan
This is a new spin-off of the original Nancy Drew Notebooks. The series is aimed at a younger elementary school students around third-grade. The series began publication in 2006. There are currently thirty-six titles in the series. Check out the titles.
2. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
This book won the Newbery Medal in 1968. This mystery series is geared for children around age eight. I am excited to add this to our library list! This book has over 275 five-star reviews on Amazon. Pop on over to read some of the comments.
3. Trixie Belden by Julie Campbell
This is a series of 'girl detective' mysteries written between 1948 and 1986. The first six books were written by Julie Campbell Tatham, then continued by various in-house writers from Western Publishing under the pseudonym Kathryn Kenny [Source Wikipedia]. While Trixie has been compared to Nancy Drew, she is said to be a more realistic character. This series seems to be geared towards tweens and will go on our long-term reading list. Check out some of the series titles.
4. Jigsaw Jones Mystery by James Preller
5. A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy and John Steven Guerney
This is a set of 26 mystery books. These books are consider great "easy readers." If you pop over and do a page preview in Amazon you can see some of the pages have illustrations. My girls love books like this! Somehow the images within the margins of the book makes it come across as less daunting. We are happy to have found this collection. Check out some of the series titles.