For the Love of Mystery

When you were growing up, did you ever read detective fiction?

Most people know about Nancy Drew and the Hardy Brothers, and I most certainly have talked about my love of The Boxcar Children on this blog before. And now, it’s looking like that time paid off!

mickey-detectiveScholastic posted on their blog yesterday that kids who read whodunits often improve their reading skills! It’s really an interesting concept, and I’m absolutely sure it’s true.

In the post, Scholastic gives 3 reasons why mysteries are helpful for teaching kids to read: They stress the importance of details, they make kids ask ‘why,’ and they encourage re-reading.


All of those reasons are great reasons – and the post even gives examples of great mystery books for kids younger than 8 to read!

When I think of mystery, Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes obviously immediately comes to mind. I had never really thought about mystery for kids younger than The Boxcar Children age.

When you all were kids, lovely readers, did you read mystery books? If so, what were your favorites?


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