“Who am I?” Am I right? That’s a great puzzle! Lewis Carroll: —
The fact that your child likes to solve problems might surprise you, but that’s not the point. There is a good chance that your child has never sat down and thought about riddles, or shown a lot of interest in complex thought, or done anything other than play video games. This doesn’t mean that they aren’t learning important skills, though. I know it sounds weird, but games like Minecraft teach kids skills like problem solving and help them learn math.
BUT, don’t give up! If you believe me, I can tell you that most kids love puzzles.
At school, our students love Rubik’s Cubes, crosswords, sudoku, and card games like cards and dice. It’s fun for them to figure out scrambled spelling words, hard math problems, and build tall towers with other people in groups. They love listening to books that are filled with mystery and adventure. They love twenty-one questions, scavenger hunts, and hangman. This is what they like to do. When their minds are occupied with puzzles, they are happy.
It doesn’t matter if your child likes philosophy, architecture, scavenger hunts, a maze, riddles, Minecraft, or any other type of puzzle. I think there are a few kids’ puzzle books on this list that will satisfy them.
Books for Kids Who Love Puzzles
Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell
Love this book. Ottoline Brown is a “Mistress of Disguise,” and her partner in crime is Mr. Munroe. I read this book for the first time last month. The two of them can solve any puzzle together. An animal called Mr. Munroe is Ottoline’s best friend. They live in a very nice apartment in the Big City. Together, they take care of the Brown family’s many different things. They also do a little detective work. There have been many high-society dog and jewel thefts in Big City recently, so the police are the first to the scene of the crime when they happen again.”
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
This is one of my favorite books for kids: When sixteen people who aren’t related come together to read Samuel W. Westing’s will, things start to go awry and weird. Even though no one knows why the millionaire, who likes to play games, chose a virtual stranger and a possible killer to inherit his money, one thing is for sure: Sam Westing may be dead. … but he won’t be able to play one more game!
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
“Are you a talented child who is looking for unique opportunities?” This book made me happy during my Harry Potter withdrawals. I was a fan of the Mysterious Benedict Society at the time.
The Cave of Time (Choose Your Own Adventure) by Edward Packard
A Choose Your Own Adventure book is always the best choice for a child who likes to solve things.
The Wild Book by Juan Villoro
Juan has already made summer plans, but his mother doesn’t listen to him and leaves him at the house of his uncle, Tito. I marked a lot of great lines when I read this book the first time. Juan finds The Wild Book in Tito’s library, which is full of books that don’t want to be read. If you’re good at reading, you can find an amazing secret on its pages. When it comes to writing for children, Juan Villorio is as good as he is for adults.
Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner
She would never have let her son Emil go to Berlin if she knew how much fun he was going to have there. The bad news is that Emil’s seven pounds went missing on the train. When he teams up with the detectives he meets in Berlin, it’s just the beginning of a wonderful money-retrieving adventure.
Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
A young girl is learning about Sartre and questioning the world around her because she wants to know more. As a child, did the author know me. Sophie Amundsen, 14, came home from school one day and found two notes in her mailbox. Each note had one question on it: ‘Who are you?’ and ‘Where did the world come from?’ From that irresistible start, Sophie becomes obsessed with questions that take her far beyond what she knows about her village in Norway, and she wants to find out more about it. Through the letters, she signs up for a kind of correspondence course that goes from Socrates to Sartre, with a mysterious philosopher, while also getting letters from another girl. Hilde is a person. And why does her mail keep coming? Sophie has to use the philosophy she is learning to solve this puzzle, but the truth turns out to be far more complicated than she ever thought.
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
One of the cutest picture book series for kids who want to learn more about STEM.
Furthermore (Furthermore #1) by Tahereh Mafi
This book has a weird vibe, which is good: Mother, who wouldn’t be without her; magic and color, which she can’t seem to find; and Father, who always loved her.” There was only a ruler with him when he went away from Ferenwood three years ago. Even though this is a mythical, dangerous land where down can be up and paper is alive, she will still have to go there. Her only friend is Oliver, whose own magic is based on lies and deceit, and he is the only one who can help her. Alice must first find herself, and then hold on to the magic of love in the face of death.
Mystery of the Thief in the Night (Pack-n-Go Girls, Mexico #1) by Janelle Diller
My sister and her family sail into a calm lagoon in Mexico, and they set their anchor. Izzy can’t wait to go to the pretty little village, eat tasty tacos, and learn some Spanish. When Izzy meets Patti Cruz Delgado, a nine-year-old girl, she is excited. Her new friend will also be able to play with her. Life is great. When they find out that a midnight thief is on the loose, they think it’s all right.
You Can’t Be Too Careful by Roger Mello
“An amazing Brazilian children’s book author: The gardener is very protective of the White Rose. He once caught a cold while walking barefoot to find his shoes, which were hidden by a cat. The cat was a gift from his younger brother, who married Dalva, who had the cat because her uncle died of a broken heart waiting for a love letter that never came.
At some point, we see how a simple act has a huge impact, and the story turns around like a ferris wheel. With a playful lightness of touch, Mello asks important questions about the value of kindness and the dangers of greed. Mello’s illustrations will inspire his young readers, giving them images that are familiar and easy to understand while allowing their imaginations to fill in the gaps in the story. As he captures the mysteries of childhood through rich, vibrant imagery, he will inspire his young readers.
Press Here by Herve Tullet
It was a big hit with second-graders at school! Sometimes, they were not in the mood to read words. This book was a great way to get them back in the mood. Because they were good at guessing what would happen next, they had a lot of fun with it.
The Birth of Kitaro by Shigeru Mizuki
I don’t know what manga is, but this book might have changed my mind. “Kitaro’s Birthday” tells the story of the yokai boy Kitaro and his father, Medama Oyaji. A little girl named Neko Musume turns into a cat when she’s angry or hungry. This is the first of Mizuki’s stories to feature the popular Neko Musume character. Other stories in The Birth of Kitaro are based on Japanese folklore, like when Kitaro fights legendary Japanese yokai like the Nopperabo and Makura Gaeshi, as well as the evil Gyuki.
The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Rotraut Susanne Berner (Illustrator), Michael Henry Heim (Translator)
I didn’t like math facts, but I really liked thinking about a long algebra equation. For kids who feel the same way: It happens in twelve dreams: Robert, a boy who doesn’t like math, meets a “Number Devil,” who leads him to discover a whole world of amazing things about numbers. Infinite and prime numbers are just two of the things he finds out about. Everyone, from people who can’t figure out fractions to people who can solve complex equations in their heads, is amazed by the power of math.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
A child who is bored…
But they say that boredom is a good way to start the imagination: Milo doesn’t like anything. The only reason he drives through a tollbooth that shows up in his room is because he has nothing better to do. But on the other hand, things look a little different. There is a place called the Island of Conclusions that you can only get to by jumping. Milo learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and he even goes on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason! Astonishing things start to happen to Milo along the way. I don’t think that life is very boring at all, though. In fact, it’s more exciting than he could have ever dreamed.
The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures by Malba Tahan
Brilliant: “The adventures of Beremiz Samir, “The Man Who Counted,” take the reader on an exotic journey in which, time and again, he uses his extraordinary mathematical powers to settle disagreements, give wise advice, fight off dangerous enemies, win fame for himself, and make a lot of money.” The mathematicians who came before him taught us a lot about the history of math as we went along with him. We also went through a series of trials at the hands of the wise men of the time, and we came to admire his warm wisdom and patience. In the way they are told, these stories offer the reader something new.