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Full List: All 29 Encyclopedia Brown Books in Order

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Get the full list of all the Encyclopedia Brown books in order here to help you decide where to start or what to read next in this beloved decades-long children's mystery book series. I also share answers to frequently asked questions about Encyclopedia Brown.

The Encyclopedia Brown books are Teachers' Pick on Amazon, they have been translated into 12 languages, and they have sold approximately 50 million copies worldwide, from 1963 until even after author Donald J. Sobol's death in 2012. They were also adapted to a tv series in 1989. And, in 1976, Sobol won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for the series.

Fun fact: Encyclopedia Brown is also a children's book on the list of books mentioned on the Gilmore Girls! (It's referenced on Season 3, Episode 14 "Swan Song" by Jess, jokingly as Luke's favorite book series.) P.S. I run a Rory Gilmore reading challenge if you're interested in reading along with us!

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FAQs About Encyclopedia Brown

Is Encyclopedia Brown a mystery?

Yes. Encyclopedia Brown is a children's mystery book series starring a ten-year-old boy named Leroy whose father is the chief of police in an average American town named Idaville. People call him Encyclopedia because he is so smart and astute at solving mysteries, both to help his father solve crimes and to help others in his community, whom he charges "25 cents per day, plus expenses - No case too small." He often works alongside his partner Sally Kimball and against the town bully, Bugs Meany, the leader of the Tigers gang.

How many Encyclopedia Brown books are there?

There are 29 books in the Encyclopedia Brown series. Each book contains several short stories, each presenting a short mystery based around an inconsistency in fact or logic. If the reader pays close attention, he or she can try to solve the mystery along with Encyclopedia Brown and then flip to the back of the book for the answer.

What grade level are Encyclopedia Brown books?

Grade level 3 - 7 (Middle Grade)

What age are Encyclopedia Brown books for?

Technically, Encyclopedia Brown books are for children ages 8 - 12 years. However, older young adult and adult readers may also enjoy the short mysteries in this book series, as the answers require active listening and critical thinking!

Is Encyclopedia Brown a chapter book?

The books in the Encyclopedia Brown books contain a series of independent short stories, as opposed to chapters of a larger story.

Encyclopedia Brown Books in Order

Below are all 29 of the Encyclopedia Brown books in order.

Note: However, you don't "have to" read the books in order to understand the stories within each one.

If you're just getting started: Try the first book, Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective; the last book, Encyclopedia Brown and his Best Cases Ever (a "best of" compilation and the most highly rated book in the series on Amazon; or, whatever title intrigues you the most!

1. Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective 

Date published: 1963

4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon (at the time of posting)


2. Encyclopedia Brown and The Case of the Secret Pitch 

Date published: 1965

4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon (at the time of posting)


3. Encyclopedia Brown Finds the Clues 

Date published: 1966

4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon (at the time of posting)


4. Encyclopedia Brown Gets His Man 

Date published: 1967

4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon (at the time of posting)


5. Encyclopedia Brown Brown Solves Them All 

Date published: 1968

Teachers' Pick on Amazon

4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon (at the time of posting)


6. Encyclopedia Brown Keeps the Peace 

Date published: 1969

4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon (at the time of posting)


7. Encyclopedia Brown Saves the Day 

Date published: 1970

4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon (at the time of posting)


8. Encyclopedia Brown Tracks Them Down 

Date published: 1971

3.99 out of 5 stars on GoodReads


9. Encyclopedia Brown Shows the Way

Date published: 1972

4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon (at the time of posting)


10. Encyclopedia Brown Takes the Case 

Date published: 1973

4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon (at the time of posting)


11. Encyclopedia Brown Lends a Hand 

Date published: 1974

4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon (at the time of posting)


12. Encyclopedia Brown and The Case of the Dead Eagles 

Date published: 1975

4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon (at the time of posting)


13. Encyclopedia Brown and The Case of the Midnight Visitor 

Date published: 1977

4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon (at the time of posting)


14. Encyclopedia Brown Carries On 

Date published: 1980

4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon (at the time of posting)


15. Encyclopedia Brown Sets the Pace

Date published: 1982

4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon (at the time of posting)


15.5 Encyclopedia Brown Takes the Cake! 

Date published: 1982

4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon (at the time of posting)


16. Encyclopedia Brown and The Case of the Mysterious Handprints

Date published: 1985

4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon (at the time of posting)


17. Encyclopedia Brown and The Case of the Treasure Hunt

Date published: 1988

4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon (at the time of posting)


18. Encyclopedia Brown and The Case of the Disgusting Sneakers

Date published: 1990

4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon (at the time of posting)


19. Encyclopedia Brown and The Case of the Two Spies

Date published: 1994

4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon (at the time of posting)


20. Encyclopedia Brown and The Case of Pablo's Nose

Date published: 1997

4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon (at the time of posting)


21. Encyclopedia Brown and The Case of the Sleeping Dog

Date published: 1998

4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon (at the time of posting)


22. Encyclopedia Brown and The Case of the Slippery Salamander

Date published: 1999

4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon (at the time of posting)


23. Encyclopedia Brown and The Case of the Jumping Frogs

Date published: 2003

4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon (at the time of posting)


24. Encyclopedia Brown Cracks the Case

Date published: 2007

4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon (at the time of posting)


25. Encyclopedia Brown, Super Sleuth

Date published: 2009

4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon (at the time of posting)


26. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Secret UFO

Date published: 2010

4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon (at the time of posting)


27. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Carnival Crime

Date published: 2011

4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon (at the time of posting)


28. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Soccer Scheme

Date published: 2012

4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon (at the time of posting)


29. Encyclopedia Brown and his Best Cases Ever

Date published: 2013

4.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon (at the time of posting)

This "best of" compilation is the highest-rated book in the Encylopedia Brown book series.


Those are all the Encyclopedia Brown books in order.

As a special bonus, you can listen to me and Alli from SSR podcast talk about Encyclopedia Brown here.

Jules Buonocore on the SSR Podcast for The Rory Gilmore Book Club talking about Encyclopedia Brown

As a reminder, you don't "have to" read them in order to understand them. And, if you are still unsure where to start, try the first book, Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective or the last book, Encyclopedia Brown and his Best Cases Ever, which is a "best of" compilation adored by fans of the series.

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