Jeff Kinney is most famously known for his series The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which has encouraged kids to read for over a decade now. The first book was published in 2007, and now, there are more than 275 million copies of the Wimpy Kid books in print around the world. He’s also written supplemental books for the series.
Jeff Kinney has written 26 books. These books include the Wimpy Kid series, nonfiction titles about the Wimpy Kid universe, the Awesome Friendly Kid books, and a short story.
In the rest of this article, I’ll show you all of the books Jeff Kinney has written. The Wimpy Kid series is a quickly-growing series, so it’s possible you may have missed one. Keep reading to find out, and note that all titles are available from Amazon.com.
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This famous middle-grade series is intended for kids ages eight to 12, though people of all ages enjoy them. The series began in 2007, and since then, Kinney has released a new Wimpy Kid book every year, illustrating his familiarity with his concept and superior writing ability.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid(2007). This book introduces protagonist Greg Heffley and his best friend, Rowley. These two wimpy kids navigate their new school with hilarious results.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2008). In this highly anticipated sequel, Greg has an incident he wants to keep a secret, but his older brother Rodrick knows about it.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (2009). In an attempt to make his son tougher, Greg’s father enlists Greg in sports and other “manly” activities. Greg manages to sidestep this, but then his father threatens to send him to military school.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2009). Greg wants to spend his summer inside playing video games, but his mom has other ideas. She plans a summer full of outdoor activities with the whole family, which is Greg’s nightmare.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth (2010). Greg has always wanted to get older, but in this book, he crumbles under the pressures of boy-girl parties, more responsibilities, and awkward changes.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever (2011). In this installment, Greg finds himself trapped inside with his family during a winter storm. Luckily, this means that he escapes school authorities who believe he damaged school property.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel (2012). There’s a Valentine’s Day dance at Greg’s school, which means love is in the air. Greg scrambles to find a date and eventually gets one, but his best friend Rowley doesn’t.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck (2013). Rowley has ditched Greg, which leaves him reeling. In this book, he tries to find new friends, but struggles. Eventually, he decides to take a leap of faith.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2014). A Heffley family road trip takes several wrong turns, including a runaway pig, a fender bender, and more disasters.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School (2015). Greg struggles to find his way in an old-fashioned world after his town goes electronics-free.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down (2016). Greg’s mom wants him to explore his creative side instead of spending all his time playing video games. With Halloween just around the corner, Greg decides to make a movie.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway (2017). The Heffleys decide to go to a tropical island resort for some rest and relaxation and to escape the cold weather. However, because it’s the Heffleys, disaster is sure to follow their paradise plans.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown (2018). Snow shuts down the middle school, which transforms the school and the neighborhood into a battlefield filled with snow forts and snowball fights. Greg and Rowley must navigate alliances and warring gangs.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball (2019). An inheritance gives the Heffleys a chance to renovate their home, but they learn that construction can do more harm than good.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End (2020). A camping trip gone wrong leaves the Heffleys stranded at an RV park.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot (2021). Greg decides to try out for basketball after his mom encourages him to do so, and despite a horrible tryout, he gets a spot on the worst team.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diper Ӧverlӧde (October 2022). Greg decides to tag along with his brother’s band, and he learns that the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle isn’t for everyone.
An eighteenth Wimpy Kid book is expected to be released in 2023.
To accompany his bestselling series, Jeff Kinney wrote some books to inspire kids to write themselves and to describe the process of getting his work turned into movies.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book(2008)
- The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: How Greg Heffley Went Hollywood(2010)
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid Blank Journal(2013)
- Greetings from Wherever You Are: A Wimpy Kid Postcard Book(2014)
- The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter(2017)
These books take place within the Wimpy Kid universe but are written and illustrated from Greg Heffley’s best friend Rowley’s perspective.
- Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal (2019)
- Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure(2020)
- Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories(2021)
This story was released for World Book Day.
There are other supplemental Wimpy Kid books, but not all of them were written by Jeff Kinney. For example, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Mad Libs books were written by Jeff Kinney’s younger brother, Patrick.
Jeff Kinney has written many books since his first publication with Diary of a Wimpy Kid in 2007. As of July 2022, he is the author of 26 books, although an eighteenth “Wimpy Kid” book is expected in 2023.