JEFF KINNEY - Books About the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Author

THE DIARY OF A WIMPY KID series has been one of the most popular series for elementary and middle school readers for quite a few years.

I know these books are ones that my son and I enjoyed sharing.  It was great to curl up (he did this even as a middle-schooler) on the couch and just laugh our heads off at Greg's and his family's exploits.  And I created this list because I thought young readers might be interested in this wonderful author.

There are now 3 books at the 4th Grade Reading level, which is the same level as the series.  I also found two others, one much longer book at the 5th Grade reading level and one short book at the 6th Grade level.


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Jeff Kinney
(Blastoff! Readers Level 4: Children's Storytellers)
by Christina Leaf

I couldn't find any reviews for this BlastOff book.  The description says that there are full color photos and simple language.

Reading Information
Word Count: 848
Page Count: 24
Accelerated Reader: 4.1 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 176585

by Kelli L. Hicks
Michael Byers (Illustrations)

This short biography talks about Jeff's  childhood, education, and milestones as a best selling children's author.

There are photos, of course, but also information like the fact that the WIMPY KID books have been translated into 41 languages.  (How is that for popular!)

Word Count: 712
Page Count: 24
Accelerated Reader: 4.1 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 160019
Lexile: 770L

bookcover of Jeff Kinney (Abdo Publishing)  by Megan M. Gunderson
Jeff Kinney
Abdo Publishing Company
(Checkerboard Biography)
by Megan M. Gunderson

4.18 avg rating — 94 ratings

This biography covers Jeff Kinney's life beginning with his early life in Maryland.  Interestingly it talks about his middle school memories, his love of reading, and what he is doing now.

Word Count: 1,823
Page Count:  24
Accelerated Reading level: 4.8 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 147470
--library binding

bookcover of WHO IS JEFF KINNEY?  by Patrick Kinney
Who Is Jeff Kinney?
by Patrick Kinney
John Hinderliter (Illustrations)

Publisher's Blurb:
Even as a kid, everyone thought Jeff Kinney was talented. People loved his drawings, and when he went to college, his comic strip Igdoof was so popular that it spread to other universities! Still, Jeff faced challenges. His cartoons were rejected by syndicates that claimed his art was unprofessional. 

Then, an idea struck: Jeff would write a journal from the perspective of a child, illustrated with doodles just like a kid might do. And so, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series was born--and it was a hit! In this biography, Jeff's brother, Patrick Kinney, provides a knowledgeable look at the life of this best-selling author/illustrator. From Jeff's childhood pranks to his job developing online games, kids will love the chance to learn more about the creator of the popular Wimpy Kid books.

Word Count: 7,991
Page Count:  112
Accelerated Reader: 5.5 / points: 1.0
Ar quiz: 176429
Lexile: 830L
--available for Kindle

bookcover of Jeff Kinney  (Remarkable Writers)  by Christine Webster
Jeff Kinney
(Remarkable Writers)
by Christine Webster

4.28 avg rating — 57 ratings

Did you know that Jeff was a computer programmer and that he worked on the wildly popular website Poptropica?  Tis true.  

And did you now he had an older brother who is not named Roderick?

This biography is at the 6th Grade reading level but has the advantage of being only 32 pages long. 

Word Count: 4,636
Page Count: 32
Accelerated Reader: 6.1 / points: 1.0
AR quiz: 154778

compiled by Pam
updated November 2015