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Get the full list of all the Encyclopedia Brown books in order here. This children’s mystery book series of 29 books by Donald J. Sobol has been beloved since 1963 by children ages 8-12. You’ll learn where to start, what to read next, and get answers to all your burning questions. Let’s solve some mysteries!

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Encyclopedia Brown Books in Order

1. Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective 

Date published: 1963

2. Encyclopedia Brown and The Case of the Secret Pitch 

Date published: 1965

3. Encyclopedia Brown Finds the Clues 

Date published: 1966

4. Encyclopedia Brown Gets His Man 

Date published: 1967

5. Encyclopedia Brown Brown Solves Them All 

Date published: 1968

6. Encyclopedia Brown Keeps the Peace 

Date published: 1969

7. Encyclopedia Brown Saves the Day 

Date published: 1970

8. Encyclopedia Brown Tracks Them Down 

Date published: 1971

9. Encyclopedia Brown Shows the Way

Date published: 1972

10. Encyclopedia Brown Takes the Case 

Date published: 1973

11. Encyclopedia Brown Lends a Hand 

Date published: 1974

12. Encyclopedia Brown and The Case of the Dead Eagles 

Date published: 1975

13. Encyclopedia Brown and The Case of the Midnight Visitor 

Date published: 1977

14. Encyclopedia Brown Carries On 

Date published: 1980

15. Encyclopedia Brown Sets the Pace

Date published: 1982

15.5 Encyclopedia Brown Takes the Cake! 

Date published: 1982

16. Encyclopedia Brown and The Case of the Mysterious Handprints

Date published: 1985

17. Encyclopedia Brown and The Case of the Treasure Hunt

Date published: 1988

18. Encyclopedia Brown and The Case of the Disgusting Sneakers

Date published: 1990

19. Encyclopedia Brown and The Case of the Two Spies

Date published: 1994

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

Date published: 1997

21. Encyclopedia Brown and The Case of the Sleeping Dog

Date published: 1998

22. Encyclopedia Brown and The Case of the Slippery Salamander

Date published: 1999

23. Encyclopedia Brown and The Case of the Jumping Frogs

Date published: 2003

24. Encyclopedia Brown Cracks the Case

Date published: 2007

25. Encyclopedia Brown, Super Sleuth

Date published: 2009

26. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Secret UFO

Date published: 2010

27. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Carnival Crime

Date published: 2011

28. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Soccer Scheme

Date published: 2012

29. Encyclopedia Brown and His Best Cases Ever

Date published: 2013

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

About Encyclopedia Brown and Donald J. Sobol


Encyclopedia Brown is a children’s mystery book series starring a ten-year-old boy named Leroy Brown whose father is the police chief in an average American town named Idaville.

People call him Encyclopedia because he is so good at solving local mysteries. He often works alongside his partner Sally Kimball and against the town bully, Bugs Meany, the leader of the Tigers gang.

Each book consists of several short stories that challenge readers to solve the mysteries themselves before revealing the solutions at the end. Known for clever puzzles, the series both entertains and educates, encouraging critical thinking and problem-solving skills in its readers.

The Encyclopedia Brown books by Donald J. Sobol have been translated into 12 languages and have sold approximately 50 million copies worldwide. In 1976, Sobol won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for the famous book series.

The books were also adapted into a TV series in 1989.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many Encyclopedia Brown books were there?

There were 29 books in the Encyclopedia Brown series between 1963 and 2012.

What reading level is Encyclopedia Brown?

Encyclopedia Brown books are Middle Grade books that are best for children ages 8 through 12 in grades 3 through 7.

What age is the Encyclopedia Brown series for?

Encyclopedia Brown books are best for children ages 8 through 12.

How much did Encyclopedia Brown charge?

Encyclopedia Brown famously charges “25 cents per day, plus expenses” and says there is “No case too small.”


This list of the Encyclopedia Brown books in order highlighted the famous Middle Grade mystery book series by Donald J. Sobol that both entertains and educated children ages 8 through 12. They can be read in any order.

Listen to me discuss the Encyclopedia Brown series on the SSR podcast.

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