Staff Picks

Picture Book Mysteries

Who did it? Where is it? Can you figure it out? These picture book mysteries can help young children make predictions about what might happen next and talk about how the mystery was solved.

Children's Services Staff
A Day with Wilbur Robinson     A Day with Wilbur Robinson    
William Joyce
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Jo)

While spending the day in the Robinson household, Wilbur's best friend joins in the search for Grandfather Robinson's missing false teeth and meets one wacky relative after another.

Adventures of Cow     Adventures of Cow    
Lori Korchek
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Kor)

A lost and somewhat confused toy cow has many grand adventures before finding her way home, where she decides to write a book.

Alphabet Mystery     Alphabet Mystery    
Audrey Wood
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Woo)

Little x is missing from Charley's Alphabet, and the other lowercase letters go off to solve the mystery of his disappearance, learning in the end how valuable a little x can be.

Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile     Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile    
Tomie dePaola
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej De)

Little William Everett Crocodile and his friend Pete take a class trip to a Cairo museum where they encounter a jewel thief.

I Want My Hat Back     I Want My Hat Back    
Jon Klassen
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Kla)

A bear almost gives up his search for his missing hat until he remembers something important.

Miss Nelson Is Missing     Miss Nelson Is Missing    
James Marshall
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej All)

The kids in Room 207 take advantage of their teacher's good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a vile substitute.

Mystery     Mystery    
Arthur Geisert
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Gei)

During a visit to the art museum, a little piglet and her grandfather investigate the disappearance of several paintings. Clues in the illustrations give readers a chance to solve the mystery along with the heroine.

Mystery Vine     Mystery Vine    
Cathryn Falwell
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Fal)

When a mysterious vine appears in their carefully tended garden, the brother and sister patiently watch and wait to see what it becomes. Includes gardening activities and pumpkin recipes.

The Cow Who Clucked     The Cow Who Clucked    
Denise Fleming
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Fle)

When a cow loses her moo, she searches to see if another animal in the barn has it.

The Great Pie Robbery and Other Mysteries     The Great Pie Robbery and Other Mysteries    
Richard Scarry
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sca)

For the first time together in one fun volume are three mystery stories featuring Richard Scarry's endearing animal sleuths, Sam Cat and Dudley Pig--two engaging (but sometimes clueless) heroes who dress up in a hilarious series of disguises.

Where Did Josie Go?     Where Did Josie Go?    
Helen E. Buckley
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bu)

The reader looks for Josie, a little girl who is hiding somewhere in her house or yard.

Who Ate All the Cookie Dough?     Who Ate All the Cookie Dough?    
Karen Beaumont
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bea)

Kanga and her friends try to discover who ate all of her cookie dough.

Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar     Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar    
Bonnie Lass
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej La)

A raccoon tries to find out which of his animal friends stole the cookies.

Wilson and Miss Lovely: A Back to School Mystery     Wilson and Miss Lovely: A Back to School Mystery    
John Stadler
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sta)

Wilson is confused when he finds no one else at school when he arrives, but decides to do all the things he would normally do anyway.