Top 5 Best Mystery Books for 3-year-olds

Little ones will love these exciting and mysterious tales. Discover the very best mystery books for 3-year-olds below, including beloved favourites from Julia Donaldson and Roald Dahl.

1. We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury

This beautiful children's classic features fun sing-song verse and stunning pictures. It follows a family going on a walk, squelching through mud and splashing through puddles, in search of a bear! But will they be prepared for the surprise that awaits them in the cave? Kids will love this engaging story.

2. The Gruffalo's Child

Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

This sequel to Julia Donaldson's bestselling The Gruffalo follows the Gruffalo's intrepid daughter, who ventures into the woods in search of the Big Bad Mouse! She stumbles across a snake, an owl and a fox, but not a Big Bad Mouse, and she becomes convinced that there's no such thing. Will the creature come out once a little mouse appears? This captivating tale features gorgeous illustrations by Axel Scheffler.

3. Jack and the Beanstalk

Follow the courageous young Jack as he ventures up the mysterious beanstalk, only to find a giant's castle! Will he be able to escape before the giant gets him? This exciting fairy tale is guaranteed to enthral little ones.

4. The Minpins

Roald Dahl

Little Billy doesn't really believe there are monsters in the wood, but the tiny minpins are real indeed - and so is the red-hot, smoke-belching Gruncher that threatens their miniature world. Children will be captivated by this magical tale.

5. Tales from Acorn Wood: Hide-and-Seek Pig

Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

Kids can have lots of fun with this stunning lift-the-flap book. Pig has no idea where Hen is hiding, and it's up to little readers to help Pig find her under the flaps! This book features wonderful rhymes that children will love.

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    From Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the award-winning creators of The Gruffalo, kids will love joining the fun in Acorn Wood in this little book!

    Pig and Hen are playing hide-and-seek. But where on earth could Hen be? Can you lift the flaps and help Pig find out where Hen is hiding?

    With sturdy flaps on every spread and rhyming stories that are a joy to read aloud, the Tales From Acorn Wood have been delighting both parents and toddlers for over fifteen years.
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    The Minpins is a beautiful picture book story from the wonderful Roald Dahl. Little Billy doesn't really believe there are monsters in the wood, but the red-hot smoke-belching gruncher is real enough, and so are the tiny minpins, whose minature world is in danger. "A true genius...Roald Dahl is my hero". (David Walliams). Phizz-whizzing new branding for the world's No.1 storyteller, Roald Dahl! Exciting, bold and instantly recognisable with Quentin Blake's inimitable artwork. Roald Dahl, the best-loved of children's writers, was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. His books continue to be bestsellers after his death in 1990, and total sales are now over 100 million worldwide! Look out for the whole collection of wondercrump Roald Dahl books! The Enormous Crocodile; Fantastic Mr Fox; The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me; The Magic finger; The Twits; The BFP; Boy: Tales of Childhood; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator; The Complete Adventures of Charlie and Mr Willy Wonka; Danny the Champion of the World; George's Marvellous Medicine; Going Solo; James and the Giant Peach; Matilda; The Witches; Dirty Beasts; The Minpins; Revolting Rhymes For Teens: The Great Automatic Grammatizator and Other Stories; Rhyme Stew; Skin and Other Stories; The Vicar of Nibbleswicke; and, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More.
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    The Gruffalo's Child introduces more magical rhyming fun from Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler.

    The award-winning team have created an enchanting sequel to The Gruffalo with a bold and naughty character who goes in search of a big, bad mouse.

    Young readers will love the cleverness of the cunning mouse and the cute and impulsive mini Gruffalo. Perfect for youngsters from 3+.
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    In Lift-the-Flap Fairy Tales:Jack and the Beanstalk, the traditional fairy tale is retold in irreverent, playful rhyme that's perfect for reading aloud, and brilliantly accompanied by Nick Sharratt's bright and vibrant illustrations. There are flaps to lift and pop-up surprises on every page: make the beanstalk grow up into the clouds, be brave and open the doors to the giant's castle, and watch his feet pop up out of the compost heap as he comes tumbling down from the sky! Includes a free audio CD read by Anna Chancellor, with two tracks: listen to the story alone, or follow along with the book by turning the pages when you hear the chime. Look out for Lift-the-Flap Fairy Tales: The Three Little Pigs
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    'We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. Will you come too?'

    For a quarter of a century, readers have been swishy-swashying and splash-sploshing through this award-winning favourite from Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. Presented here in board book form, it's a bear-illiant, rhyming story that children will absolutely love!

    Children will love to follow and join in the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. But are they ready for the surprise that awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest?