These awesome kids books about secret codes and ciphers will keep your budding spies and coders busy for days!
If your kids loved our cool secret codes for kids printables and activities they will love these awesome code breaker stories, non-fiction, and activity books.
Whether your kids want to read a mystery book about code breaking, or maybe an historic fiction book about how codes were used, or perhaps they want to try cracking some codes in a puzzle book, there is a book on this list to suit everyone.
Kids of all ages love learning about and using secret codes and there are books on this list for kids aged 5-16+.
This book list includes lots of fictional stories that include codes and ciphers, as well as some great historic fiction and non-fiction books about the people who invented codes and how they were used in the past. There is also a section of fabulous puzzle books for some hands on code development and code breaking activities.
Kids Books about Secret Codes and Ciphers
There are so many great kids books that include secret codes and ciphers in their stories, and even more non-fiction books about the history of codes and ciphers, plus some awesome hands-on coding activity books.
If you love secret codes and code breaking you'll love this selection of our favourite books about secret codes and ciphers.
Fictional Stories about Secret Codes and Ciphers.
There are so many great fiction books that include secret codes and ciphers into the story.
Here is a selection of our favourite books and novels about codes and code breaking.
Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans
This is the first book in an hilarious, puzzle-packed series filled with super-secret messages!
The Unbreakable Code (The Book Scavenger series)
The Book Scavenger series has secret codes and code breaking in many of the books in the series and is a great ready for mystery and adventure lovers.
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
The characters in this story need to decipher every clue and solve every puzzle to find their way out of 'the coolest library in the world!'
Code Breaker, Spy Hunter: How Elizebeth Friedman Changed the Course of Two World Wars
In this picture book biography, you'll learn all about Elizebeth Friedman, a brilliant American code breaker who smashed Nazi spy rings, took down gangsters, and created the CIA's first cryptology unit.
Samuel Morse, That's Who!: The Story of the Telegraph and Morse Code
This is a fun picture book biography all about the man who invented Morse Code.
Billie B Mysteries:Code Breakers
Billie and Jack find a mysterious note that seems to be written in code! This is a fun story for younger readers (aged 7-11).
The Mummy's Curse (Code Busters Club)
The Code Buster Club series of books if full of mysteries and secret codes. In this book the Code Busters Club unravel the hidden messages of hieroglyphics.
Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two
This is a great novel for older readers (aged 12-15) about the Navajo code talkers during World War II.
Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code: A Navajo Code Talker's Story
This is another great book about the Navajo code talkers, this one is a picture book with beautiful images and a great story for younger readers (aged 6-10).
Code Girls: The True Story of the American Women Who Secretly Broke Codes in World War II
This is the young readers version (ages 8-12) of the amazing true story of the young American women who cracked German and Japanese military codes during World War II.
Winterhouse (Winterhouse, 1)
The series of Winterhouse books are full of mysteries, clues, magic and secret codes to decipher.
Melissa & Doug On the Go Secret Decoder Activity Book - The Case of the Runaway Ruby
These magic pen decoder books are great for traveling or as a fun activity. There is a story to go along with the secret puzzle activities.
Non-fiction Books about Codes and Ciphers.
If you are looking for some informational books about codes, or some hands-on code breaking puzzles books, here is a selection of our favourite non-fiction books about codes and ciphers.
Top Secret: A Handbook of Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing
This field guide is packed with everything a young person needs to know about the art of making and breaking codes, mastering cipher systems, and experimenting with secret writing.
Create Your Own Secret Language: Invent Codes, Ciphers, Hidden Messages, and More
From simple cyphers to entirely new alphabets, this book will help you master the skills of secret communication, whether it’s written, drawn, or spoken.
Can You Crack the Code?: A Fascinating History of Ciphers and Cryptography
Learn all about codes and ciphers through compelling historical anecdotes, scientific backup, and DIY projects.
Code Cracking for Kids: Secret Communications Throughout History
Packed full of history and information this book also includes hands-on activities to replicate early code devices, learn several different codes and ciphers , and hide a secret message inside a hollow egg!
Explorer Academy Codebreaking Activity Adventure
If your kids love the Explorer Academy series of books they'll love this book that will test their knowledge of ancient codes and ciphers in a series of head-scratching puzzles designed to outwit even the most clever cryptographers.
Over 50 Secret Codes (Activity and Puzzle Books)
Learn over 50 different codes and ciphers and write encrypted messages with this fun activity book.
Find the Book
Official Spys Handbook
There is more to this book than just codes, but if you love secret codes you'll love all the spy stuff in this book.
Making Secret Codes and Messages (Spy Kid)
This book will teach you how to make secret codes and messages with clear steps, simple supply lists, helpful tips and fun facts.
If your kids love these secret code books, they’ll love our free printable secret code activities.
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