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

3.92 avg rating — 94,458 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 Reading level: 5.2 / points: 3.0
AR quiz: 113950
Lexile: 950L
--sample pages and other reviews available
--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.

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.

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.

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.

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



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.

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


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.

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


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

4.29 avg rating — 2,233 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


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

compiled by Pam
updated December 2013