Early Elementary Books

Theme: Secrets

I Spy: Mystery A Book of Picture Riddles - (ISBN: 978-0439787314)

by Jean Marzollo

Sit with your child and enjoy finding secret pictures of objects hidden in these photographic pages.

Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book - (ISBN: 978-0811837583)

by Yuyi Morales

A skeleton pays Grandma a visit as a birthday surprise and helps her get ready for her birthday. The skeleton and Grandma count as each job adds one more to the number of items she’s working with. Rich in Latino culture, this book will delight children as they count along, anticipating what’s on the next page.

Sitti's Secrets - (ISBN: 978-0689817069)

by Naomi Shihab Nye

A small American girl goes to visit her grandmother in a small village in Palestine. She learns the language quickly and hears many “secrets” from her grandmother about life in that troubled area. What were the new smells and sights you experienced as you enjoyed this book?

Surprises According to Humphrey - (ISBN: 978-0399247309)

by Betty G. Birney

Humphrey the hamster loves being a hamster, rolling around in a ball in his cage and enjoying all kinds of hamster fun. He also loves to help the children in his classroom solve little problems. Beginning readers will enjoy finding out how Humphrey is able to come up with the inside scoop on what’s happening at school.

The Stranger - (ISBN: 978-0395423318)

by Chris Van Allsburg

A farmer collides with a strange man and brings the man home to care for him. Although the man seems to have lost his memory, interesting things start happening on the farm. Find out why summer lasts a week longer there every year, even after the man leaves.

The Water Gift and the Pig of the Pig - (ISBN: 0618074368)

by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

A granddaughter discovers that she shares her grandfather’s secret gift for divining water sources. Share her search for grandfather’s lost pet pig, the descendant of a family of pigs her grandfather had with him as a young sailor. Try your hand at searching for water with a bent “divining” stick.

Scooby Doo Carnival of Mystery Book and Decoder - (ISBN: 978-0794414504 )

by Justine Fontes and MADA Design

Sea Monster Scare - (ISBN: 978-0439318310)

by Gail Herman

Secret of the Snow Leopard - (ISBN: 978-0888995445)

by Tenzing Norbu Lama

Secrets - (ISBN: 978-0525453932)

by Ellen Senisi

Activities for this Theme

Find the hidden letters in this online puzzle.


Find the secret letters to spell the flower names in this puzzle.


Print and figure out these rebus puzzles 


Learn how to write a secret message.