Bestselling Mysteries & Detectives Books for 4 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling mysteries & detectives books for 4 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. LEGO City: Mystery on the LEGO Express

by: Trey KingSean Wang
Release date: Aug 26, 2014
Number of Pages: 24
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All aboard! Time to take a wild ride on the LEGO(R) Express train!

When a famous actress loses her award statue on the LEGO Express, it is up to Mr. Clue to solve this action-packed and hilarious mystery-adventure!

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

2. The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

by: Chris Van Allsburg
Release date: Sep 24, 1984
Number of Pages: 32
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Fourteen black-and-white drawings, each accompanied by a title and a caption, entice readers to make up his or her own story.
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Children’s Books > Mysteries & Detectives

3. The Stranger

by: Chris Van Allsburg
Release date: Oct 28, 1986
Number of Pages: 32
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The enigmatic origins of the stranger that Farmer Bailey hits with his truck and brings home to recuperate seem to have a mysterious relation to the weather. Could he be Jack Frost?
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

4. Cat and Mouse in a Haunted House (Geronimo Stilton, No. 3)

by: Geronimo Stilton
Release date: Feb 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 122
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Enter the world of Geronimo Stilton, where another funny adventure is always right around the corner. Each book is a fast-paced adventure with lively art and a unique format kids 7-10 will love.

Who Is Geronimo Stilton?
That’s me! I run a newspaper, but my true passion is writing tales of adventure. Here on Mouse Island, my books are all best-sellers! What’s that? You’ve never read one? Well, my books are full of fun. They are whisker-licking good stories, and that’s a promise!

The Case of Curlypaw Cannycat’s Castle
I was lost in a dark, spooky forest! Until I stumbled upon Curlypaw Cannycat’s Castle. The castle was completely empty, or so I thought. But I quickly discovered that it was haunted – by cats! Let me tell you, this was one case where curiosity almost killed the mouse!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs & Squirrels

5. Big Max and the Mystery of the Missing Giraffe (I Can Read Level 2)

by: Kin PlattLynne Cravath
Release date: May 30, 2006
Number of Pages: 64
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Jake the giraffe is missing, and Big Max is on the case! But is this mystery too big for even the world’s greatest detective?

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

6. More Spaghetti, I Say! (Scholastic Reader Level 2)

by: Rita Golden GelmanMort Gerberg
Release date: Jan 01, 1993
Number of Pages: 32
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With inspiring and educational stories, Scholastic’s Hello Reader series caters to the spectrum of reading abilities among beginning readers. My First Hello Readers use basic words to reinforce phonics and sight vocabulary. The books at this level offer punch-out flash cards plus six additional pages of skill-building activities. Levels 1 – 4 combine a greater vocabulary and longer sentence length. Each book has an introductory letter from an education specialist guiding parents on how to help their children learn to read. Preschool – Grades 2.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

7. Super Animals! (Disney Zootopia) (Step into Reading)

by: Rico GreenThe Disney Storybook Art Team
Release date: Jan 19, 2016
Number of Pages: 24
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The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Zootopia opens in theaters on March 4, 2016. This Step 2 Step into Reading leveled reader based on Disney Zootopia features collector cards and a shiny cover!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Zoos

8. The Big Case (Disney Zootopia) (Step into Reading)

by: Bill ScollonThe Disney Storybook Art Team
Release date: Jan 19, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Zootopia opens in theaters on March 4, 2016. This Step 3 Step into Reading leveled reader based on Disney Zootopia features a shiny cover and over 30 sparkly stickers!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Zoos

9. Scooby-Doo Reader #3: Howling on the Playground (Level 2)

by: Gail HermanDuendes Del Sur
Release date: Nov 01, 2000
Number of Pages: 32
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Scooby Doo and his friends are helping to build a playground when a neighbor tries to stop construction because she hears werewolves in the area.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

10. Detective Dinosaur (I Can Read Level 2)

by: James SkofieldR. W. Alley
Release date: Jan 17, 1998
Number of Pages: 48
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All in a day’s work!

First, Detective Dinosaur solves the mystery of the missing hat. Then he cracks the case of the squeaky shoe. Then he goes on night patrol, and spots a scary shadow in a dark alley. Can it be a monster? Help Detective Dinosaur follow the clues and find out!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dinosaurs

11. The Lost Dinosaur Bone (Little Critter)

by: Mercer Mayer
Release date: Nov 20, 2007
Number of Pages: 24
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Little Critter’s class is going to the Critterville Museum of Natural History, and everyone is excited. But when the class arrives, they find out the dinosaur exhibit is closed because of a missing Triceratops bone. Join Little Critter as he searches the Hall of Gems and Minerals, climbs the trees in the rain forest, and sneaks around the Planetarium—all to solve the mystery of the lost dinosaur bone.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dinosaurs

12. Detective Dinosaur Undercover (I Can Read Level 2)

by: James SkofieldR. W. Alley
Release date: Aug 31, 2010
Number of Pages: 48
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When a detective goes undercover, it usually means they are in disguise, right? Not if it’s Detective Dinosaur!

The bumbling but bighearted star of Detective Dinosaur and Detective Dinosaur Lost and Found is back with three new silly cases to investigate. How this charmingly clueless gumshoe goes undercover—in the most surprising ways—is the kind of irresistible goofiness beginning readers love.

This third book of comic misadventures by James Skofield, brought to life as only the inspired illustrations of R. W. Alley can do, is sure to please mystery lovers and dinosaur fans alike.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dinosaurs

13. The Wretched Stone

by: Chris Van AllsburgChris Van Allsburg
Release date: Oct 28, 1991
Number of Pages: 32
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In a story recounted through the daily log of Captain Allan Hope, the sailors aboard the Rita Anne become mesmerized and transformed by a mysterious glowing rock, and only music and books can restore them to normal.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

14. Super Agents (Barbie Spy Squad) (Step into Reading)

by: Melissa Lagonegro
Release date: Jan 05, 2016
Number of Pages: 24
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Children ages 4 to 6 will love this deluxe Step 2 Step into Reading leveled reader based on Barbie’s latest movie, releasing in spring 2016. A sparkly cover and over 30 shimmery stickers add to the fun! Step 2 Readers use basic vocabulary and short sentences to tell simple stories. For children who recognize familiar words and can sound out new words with help.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Girls & Women

15. Scooby-doo Reader #05: Shiny Spooky Knights (level 2)

by: Gail HermanDuendes Del Sur
Release date: Mar 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 32
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Scooby-Doo, Fred, Velma, Daphne, and Shaggy are all trapped in a spooky castle surrounded by ghosts, witches, and mummies with no way out.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

16. Grandpa’s Teeth (Trophy Picture Books (Paperback))

by: Rod ClementRod Clement
Release date: Mar 27, 1999
Number of Pages: 32
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“Help, I’ve been robbed!
It’sth a disthasthter!”

Grandpa’s teeth, handmade by the finest Swiss craftsman, are gone — stolen from his bedside table! Grandpa suspects anyone who doesn’t smile widely enough to prove that their teeth are their own. Soon everyone in town is smiling — all the time — and their ghastly grins are frightening the tourists away. Can the culprit be caught before the whole town cracks up

Popular Australion cartoonist Rod Clement, illustrator of Edward The Emu and Edwina The Emu by Sheena Knowles, has created a rollicking whodunit with a surprise ending that will have readers grinning from ear to ear.

00-01 CA Young Reader Medal Masterlist

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Multigenerational

17. Zen Ghosts

by: Jon J. Muth
Release date: Sep 01, 2010
Number of Pages: 40
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It’s Halloween. The trees are ablaze in fiery reds. Excited children don colorful costumes. And there’s mystery and fun around every corner!

When Addy, Michael, and Karl finish trick-or-treating, their bags are brimming with treats. But the fun isn’t over yet. Their good friend Stillwater the panda has one more special surprise in store for them. A mysterious visitor is about to tell them a spine-tingling story — one that will fill each and every reader with wonder.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Emotions & Feelings

18. Minnie and Moo: The Case of the Missing Jelly Donut (I Can Read Book 3)

by: Denys CazetDenys Cazet
Release date: Sep 05, 2006
Number of Pages: 48
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Minnie’s jelly donut is gone! Moo is sure it has been stolen. Can the cunning cows stop the crime wave before the donut-napper strikes again?

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Children’s Books > Animals > Farm Animals

19. Alphabet Mystery

by: Audrey WoodBruce Wood
Release date: Sep 01, 2003
Number of Pages: 40
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Engaging alphabet books are perennial bestsellers with unlimited demand. As in their previous collaboration, the Woods bring lower-case letters to life in a fun adventure. Little x has left, upset he’s hardly used, and the other letters set out to find him. They find x playing the castle xylophone for the mysterious Master, capital M, who threatens to turn them into alphabet soup! Some quick thinking by Little x saves the day, and soon they are all on their way home–just in time to make Mom’s birthday surprise: a cake with Little x all over. He’s the only one who stands for kisses!

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

20. Judy Moody and Friends: Amy Namey in Ace Reporter

by: Megan McDonaldErwin Madrid
Release date: Sep 09, 2014
Number of Pages: 64
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Amy Namey is chasing a news story in this Judy Moody® story for newly independent readers.

Amy Namey, Ace Reporter, is on the hunt for a good news story. But not a lot happens in the town of Frog Neck Lake. So what’s a budding reporter to do? Team up with Judy Moody! With Judy along to sniff out a story, anything can happen. Like maybe a close encounter with the famed Great Virginia Sea Serpent, Taboo! Are Amy and Judy about to stumble upon the scoop of the century?

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Children’s Books > Animals

21. The Composer Is Dead

by: Lemony SnicketCarson EllisNathaniel Stookey
Release date: Mar 03, 2009
Number of Pages: 40
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There’s dreadful news from the symphony hall—the composer is dead!

If you have ever heard an orchestra play, then you know that musicians are most certainly guilty of something. Where exactly were the violins on the night in question? Did anyone see the harp? Is the trumpet protesting a bit too boisterously?

In this perplexing murder mystery, everyone seems to have a motive, everyone has an alibi, and nearly everyone is a musical instrument. But the composer is still dead.

Perhaps you can solve the crime yourself. Join the Inspector as he interrogates all the unusual suspects. Then listen to the accompanying audio recording featuring Lemony Snicket and the music of Nathaniel Stookey performed by the San Francisco Symphony. Hear for yourself exactly what took place on that fateful, well-orchestrated evening.

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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Performing Arts

22. Alphabet Adventure

by: Audrey WoodBruce Wood
Release date: Aug 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 40
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Come join the fun and solve a simple alphabet mystery!

All the little letters from Charley’s Alphabet have learned their proper order, from a to z. They’re ready to go to school, but suddenly something is wrong! Little i has lost her dot, and none of the letters can find it. Can you?

Children, parents, and teachers will have a great time finding and identifying the “little” letters on every page — and when the little letters meet up with a party of “big” letters, the entire alphabet, large and small, can be found in one exuberant scene. From games of hide-and-seek to a wealth of teaching tools, you’re off on an Alphabet Adventure — a new way of learning your a-b-c’s.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

23. The Missing Mitten Mystery

by: Steven KelloggSteven Kellogg
Release date: Sep 23, 2002
Number of Pages: 40
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Annie and her dog, Oscar, have had a busy day playing in the snow. Somehow Annie’s red mitten has disappeared in all the fun. They look high and low. . . . It’s not on the sledding hill, and it’s not by the snow castles. Maybe an eagle carried it off to keep its baby’s head warm. Or maybe a mouse is using it as a sleeping bag. When the sun goes down, Annie and Oscar have to give up their search and go inside. But when Annie looks out the window, something red catches her eye. . . .

With entirely new full-color illustrations, this beautiful version of the beloved picture book The Mystery of the Missing Red Mitten retains all the charm of the original.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

24. Big Max (I Can Read Level 2)

by: Kin PlattRobert Lopshire
Release date: Apr 19, 1978
Number of Pages: 64
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“The world’s greatest detective” follows the clues that lead to the King of Pooka Pooka’s missing prize elephant. “The character of Big Max, a kind of miniature Sherlock Holmes, is well drawn in both words and pictures.” —SLJ.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

25. Scooby Doo and the Weird Water Park (Scooby-doo 8×8)

by: Jesse Leon McCannDuendes Del Sur
Release date: Apr 01, 2000
Number of Pages: 32
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Scooby-Doo and the gang decide to have some fun at a water park.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

26. Cranberry Halloween (Cranberryport)

by: Wende DevlinHarry Devlin
Release date: Sep 27, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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The citizens of Cranberryport need to raise money for a new dock after theirs is destroyed in a storm. Almost everyone volunteers to help, with Mr. Whiskers offering to keep the money that’s raised in his grandfather’s moneybox.
Cranky Mr. Grape refuses to contribute and insists it’s a mistake to trust Mr. Whiskers. Grandmother speaks up for him and Mr. Whiskers gets the job. Later, on the way to the town Halloween party Maggie and Mr. Whiskers are confronted by two men dressed as pirates who want to steal the town’s money. What will they do?
This 1982 classic returns with another mouthwatering Devlin recipe, this time for Cranberry Dessert!
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Children’s Books > Mysteries & Detectives

27. The Big Bad Blizzard (Scooby-Doo Reader, No. 21)

by: Gail HermanDuendes Del Sur
Release date: Dec 01, 2007
Number of Pages: 32
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An all-new original reader with Scooby-Doo and the gang!

The Mystery Inc. gang are going skiing! But when Scooby and Shaggy sneak off from the group to look for food, they get caught in a blizzard! Then, YIKES! Monsters start chasing them. Looks like it’s a scary snow-storm of a mystery, and only Scooby and the gang can solve it.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

28. Bob and Larry in the Case of the Missing Patience (I Can Read! / Big Idea Books / VeggieTales)

by: Karen Poth
Release date: Aug 27, 2011
Number of Pages: 32
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A Lesson in Being Patient

The Pod Squad needs some detective training, and Bob and Larry are on the job. But will the expert detectives be able to stay patient when things don’t go their way?

This is a Level One I Can Read! book, which means it’s perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences. It aligns with guided reading level I and will be of interest to children Pre-K to 2nd grade.

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Christian Books & Bibles > Education > Home Schooling

29. The Real Spy’s Guide to Becoming a Spy

by: Peter ErnestSuzanne Harper
Release date: Oct 01, 2009
Number of Pages: 144
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Created by the founding executive director of the International Spy Museum, who is also a former operative in the CIA’s Clandestine Service, this is the official handbook for kids who dream of one day becoming a spy or working in the intelligence field.
 
Have you ever wondered what spies really do. What kind of training is involved? Do you have to go to a special school or take a polygraph test? How do you live your ?cover”? How does your work life affect your relationships with your friends and family? Is there danger involved?
 
This fascinating, fact-filled book answers these questions and more while providing a historical timeline, definitions of key terms, suggestions for further reading, an index, quizzes, and exercises to see if you have the right spy stuff.
 
F&P level: V
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Children’s Books > Mysteries & Detectives

30. Fog Island

by: Tomi Ungerer
Release date: Apr 16, 2013
Number of Pages: 48
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Top 10 Children’s Book 2013 – New York Times Book Review

A Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of 2013

A New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of 2013

“Tomi Ungerer has created another masterpiece.” – Eric Carle

In this imaginative tale from master storyteller Tomi Ungerer, two young siblings find themselves cast away on mysterious Fog Island. No one has ever returned from the island’s murky shores, but when the children begin to explore, they discover things are not quite as they expected.

Ungerer’s captivating drawings evoke the eerie beauty and magic surrounding this timeless adventure. Selected by both The New York Times and Publishers Weekly as one of the year’s best children’s books, Fog Island is destined to become a modern classic.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Siblings

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