Heart Investigations: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler


Heart Investigations are a great way to prompt heart-level conversations about our kids’ inner thoughts and feelings, building emotional intelligence while enjoying read aloud time together as a family!

This book guide provides suggestions for over 110 discussion questions covering many topics based on the story in “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” by E.L. Konigsberg.

Recommended for ages 7-12, but younger children may be able to participate depending on attention span and maturity.

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This book guide provides families with questions to prompt rich discussion based on the book “The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” by E.L. Konigsberg. You can find this title at your local library or via Amazon or Audible.

Observing and understanding our thoughts and feelings is a skill that takes practice. And talking about our inner dialogue may feel unnatural it isn’t a familiar topic of conversation.

Heart Investigations provide families with a comfortable, low-risk way to engage about all kinds of topics of belief, emotion, and perception so that we can better understand our children’s hearts and motives.

Each volume of Heart Investigations includes:

  • A complete parent resource for using the book guide and engaging in healthy conversation with children about these complex topics.
  • A key of symbols used to categorize questions so that you can quickly focus on the topics that are most relevant in your family and relationships at the moment. (See the product images for a picture of the Key and further description of each category.)
  • An extensive bank of questions for each chapter or section of the book coded with symbols to indicate the topic(s) addressed in each.

The topics raised by the discussion questions in any Heart Investigation are based on the ideas and themes covered in the book.

Some prominent themes in “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” are:

  • Sibling Relationships
  • Parents
  • Justice
  • Self-Perception
  • Responsibility
  • Money and Spending

Today is a great day to start building your child’s emotional intelligence and make conversation about the inner thought life a familiar experience!