Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Everyone Loves a Mystery, Especially Kids

Who doesn't love a mystery? I'm sure there's someone (it's a mystery to me who it could be...) but it's certainly not young readers -- they love them!

Mysteries are a great way to teach young readers critical thinking and problem solving, and the thrill of the chase as you tear through a real page turner is one reason our love of books will be forever strong.

The year 2010 has been designated the "Year of the Children's Mystery Book," and each October, celebrates mysteries with online games, teaching tools and fun activities to share with your kids.

Do you have a favorite mystery series? Be sure to share it. I still have a treasured box of Hardy Boys books in the attic...or is it the basement? Another mystery to be solved!

Some other recommendations include Gordon Korman's 39 Clues series, R.L. Stein's Goosebumps series, the Encyclopedia Brown series from Donald J. Sobol, and Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House books.

And speaking of mysteries, here's one for you, dear reader. What actress played Nancy Drew, one of the most popular children's mystery characters of all-time, and also starred in the television drama "Dynasty"?

Not a difficult case to solve, if you had a TV in the 80s...or

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