Diary of a Wimpy Kid Reading Levels

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is an excellent funny series that is mom/dad, kid and teacher tested and approved. Jeff Kinney, the author, uses a combination of text and hand drawn images to entertain and mesmerize kids of all ages.

This really is a great series!

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bookcover of Greg Heffley's Journal (Wimpy Kid #1)by Jeff KinneyGreg Heffley's Journal
by Jeff Kinney

3.94 avg rating — 133,454 ratings

Greg Helfley is entering sixth grade and we're so lucky because we get to read all about his experiences in school where he and Rowley (Greg's best friend) hope to survive as undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily. Sample pages available.

Reading Information:
Word Count: 19,784
Page Count: 224
Accelerated Reader: 5.2 / points: 3.0
AR quiz: 113950
Lexile: 950L
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--audio version available
--sample e-chapters available

  • Note that the Spanish translations of the Wimpy Kid books can be found on there own list, here.


bookcover of Rodrick Rules (Wimpy Kid #2)by Jeff KinneyRodrick Rules #2
Greg tries to keep his older brother Rodrick from telling every at his middle school about his humiliating summer vacation experience. Sample pages available.

4.07 avg rating — 63,534 ratings

Word Count: 20,165
Page Count: 224
Accelerated Reading level: 5.2 / points: 3.0
AR quiz: 119441
Lexile: 910L

bookcover of Last Straw (Wimpy Kid #3)by Jeff KinneyThe Last Straw #3
Greg's father threatens to send him to military school because of his wimpy ways. Sample pages available.

4.09 avg rating — 55,755 ratings 

Word Count: 21,084
Page Count: 224
Accelerated Reader: 5.4 / points: 3.0
AR quiz: 127979
Lexile: 970L


bookcover of Dog Days (Wimpy Kid #4)by Jeff KinneyDog Days #4
Greg tries to spend summer vacation sensibly playing video games and watching television, while his mother has other ideas. Sample pages available.

4.12 avg rating — 51,875 ratings

Word Count: 19,591
Page Count: 224
Accelerated Reader: 5.2 / points: 3.0
AR quiz: 133167
Lexile: 1010L


bookcover of The Ugly Truth (Wimpy Kid #5)by Jeff KinneyThe Ugly Truth #5
Greg and Rowley fight, and his family tells him stop being such a slacker. Sample pages available.

4.16 avg rating — 45,087 ratings 

Word Count: 18,979
Page Count: 224
Accelerated Reading level: 5.5 / points: 3.0
AR quiz: 140879
Lexile: 1000L


bookcover of Cabin Fever (Wimpy Kid #6)by Jeff KinneyCabin Fever #6
While trying to earn money, Greg accidentally damages school property, and being the goofy kid he is, Greg concludes that he's a wanted man and that the police are looking for him. When a blizzard hits, he's stuck inside with little food and a lot of dread. Sample pages available.

4.20 avg rating — 42,136 ratings

Word Count: 20,757
Page Count: 224
Accelerated Reading level: 5.8 / points: 3.0
AR quiz: 147741
Lexile: 1060L 


bookcover of The Third Wheel (Wimpy Kid #7)by Jeff KinneyThe Third Wheel #7
Love is in the air --but not necessarily for Greg.  It's life in the Middle Grade trenches.

4.22 avg rating — 25,210 ratings 

Word Count:19,525
Page Count: 224
Accelerated Reading level: 5.6 / points: 3.0
AR quiz:  155305
Lexile: 1060L 


bookcover of HARD LUCK (Wimpy Kid #8) by Jeff Kinney
Hard Luck #8

4.29 avg rating — 13,271 ratings

Yikes! Things are getting tough for our boy-- could it be because he is using one of those Magic 8 balls to make decisions?!?

And sadly, Rowley dumps Greg when he gets a girlfriend. Will the boys become best buddies again?

Word Count: 18,271
Page Count: 224
Accelerated Reader: 5.5 / points: 3.0
AR quiz: 162772
Lexile: 1020L 


bookcover of THE LONG HAUL (Wimpy Kid #9) by Jeff Kinney
The Long Haul #9 

4.37 avg rating — 2,141 ratings

This book has gotten so much praise.  Adult reviewers have said it is laugh out loud funny.  And I think that it has to do with the fact that a 'family vacation' is at the center of the story.

Heffley's go on vacation.  Chaos ensues!

Word Count: 18,192
Page Count: 224
Accelerated Reader: 5.4 / points: 3.0
AR quiz: 170409
Lexile: 1000L


YOU MIGHT ALSO BE INTERESTED in the Spanish versions of these books, found on this list.

compiled by Pam
updated November 2014