The first book on my list is Piggins by Jane Yolen. I LOVE this book and so do my students! It is the classic "murder mystery" party without the murder. In the story the main character's diamond necklace goes missing. Piggins, the butler, ends up solving the case and saves the day. From the perfect setting to unique characters this is a great story. I love using this book to refer back to as an inference (It is difficult to use to teach inferences, but it is good to look back at and find where we infered).
The second book on my monthly favorites is Priviate I. Guana by Nina Laden. Let me just start with this... if you are going to use this book in your classroom, do not read the book yourself (yes you read that right!) Go to Storyline Online and use the video of it that they have- Don't think about it just do it! (TRUST ME! It is AWESOME!) This story is actually a little bizarre, but still great for identifying characters, suspects, clues, and plot. The children really loved it and it has an interesting twist in the end.
Lastly, a well known classic, Miss. Nelson is Missing! by Harry Allard. This is a great book to use when teaching about using images to make inferences. Most of my students had already read the book, which helps when it comes to predicting and making inferences. If you haven't read the book, it is a cute book about a teacher's plan to tame her out of control classroom.
Do you have any other go to favorites for teaching mysteries? If so, share them in the comments!
Love Always, Diana Lynn