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 into 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!
Frequently Asked Questions About Encyclopedia Brown
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, who 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.
There are 29 books in the Encyclopedia Brown series. Each book contains several short stories, each presenting a short mystery based on 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.
Grade level 3 – 7 (Middle Grade)
Technically, Encyclopedia Brown books are for children ages 8 – 12 years. However, older young adults and adult readers may also enjoy the short mysteries in this book series, as the answers require active listening and critical thinking!
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!
Those are all the Encyclopedia Brown books in order. To recap, 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!
As a special bonus, you can listen to me and Alli from SSR podcast talk 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.