Short Crime Stories for Kids

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Crime stories are intriguing, offering elements of suspense, surprise and drama. These qualities make books with crime themes especially attractive to young readers. This book list of made up of short crime stories for kids.

Short Crime Stories for Kids

Are your readers looking for excitement, intrigue and an opportunity to play detective? Or, perhaps a touch of spine-tingling criminal activity on the part of the characters will do the trick. Look no further! The following stories are designed for young readers and feature both true and fictional crime stories that will leave readers on the edge of their seats.

Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol

When your dad is the police chief of your town, you might just gain a unique insight into the crimes going on around you. This is the premise in Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol. Leroy Brown is a kid who lives in Idaville and loves to solve crimes. This is where this ten-year-old's nickname of Encyclopedia Brown originated. Young readers will love to follow along as Encyclopedia Brown discovers clues and solves crimes.

The Berenstain Bears and the Perfect Crime (Almost) by Stan and Jan Berenstain

The Berenstain series of books remain astoundingly popular selections for young readers due to their relatable short stories and warm illustrations. The Berenstain Bears and the Perfect Crime (Almost) by Stan and Jan Berenstain continues this tradition and adds spice and mystery to the storyline with the help of some criminal suspense. Someone has stolen a pivotal historical document from Bear Country. Can the bears find the bad guy who replaced it with a forgery? This short book will quickly become a favorite of early readers.

Breakout! Escape from Alcatraz by Lori Haskins

For many years, Alcatraz was one of the most feared prisons in America. Breakout! Escape from Alcatraz by Lori Haskins presents the true tale of three Alcatraz inmates who risked their lives for freedom. Did they survive or did they perish in the cold and rough waters that surround the island of Alcatraz? These are the questions that will keep young readers glued to the pages of this short story. Brightly colored illustrations and adventure help bring the book to life for readers of this short tale.

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