Have a kid obsessed with Diary of a Wimpy Kid? Here’s what to read next.

If your kids are like mine, discovering Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid books opened up a whole new world to them. The funny stories (read: lots of farting), creative illustrations, and short chapters have been ideal for getting young readers hooked on “chapter books”—providing a welcome transition from simple children’s books to slightly more complex stories for kids
.So your child finished all the Wimpy Kid books - what's next?

Which leads us to this question: What next? Once your kids have devoured all 70-bazillion books in theWimpy Kid saga, what series should they turn to next? I started researching fun, kid-friendly stories that contain enough illustrations humor to lock down their admittedly short attention spans.


What's Next for Readers Obsessed with Diary of a Wimpy Kid?

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

A great series by Tom Angleberger. It's got origami, talking finger puppets, and a Star Wars tie-in. What's not to like?

What's Next for Readers Obsessed with Diary of a Wimpy Kid?

Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life

From the prolific mind of thriller specialist James Patterson, who apparently writes a dozen books a month.

What's Next for Readers Obsessed with Diary of a Wimpy Kid?

Bone

Bone is a 9-volume series of graphic novels by Jeff Smith, now available in a single volume.

What's Next for Readers Obsessed with Diary of a Wimpy Kid?

Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja

Seriously, who wants to read about wimpy kids when you can read about ninjas?

What's Next for Readers Obsessed with Diary of a Wimpy Kid?

Secret Agent 6th Grader

Another great book from Marcus Emerson.

What's Next for Readers Obsessed with Diary of a Wimpy Kid?

Big Nate: In a Class by Himself

Jeff Kinney himself endorsed this book, by saying "Big Nate is funny, big-time."

What's Next for Readers Obsessed with Diary of a Wimpy Kid?

The Notebook of Doom

I'd read this one, by Troy Cummings, just from the title alone. (It's also the first book in a series.)

What's Next for Readers Obsessed with Diary of a Wimpy Kid?

Nate The Great

This one's a classic, but it fits right up there within the hooking-boys-on-reading genre.

What's Next for Readers Obsessed with Diary of a Wimpy Kid?

Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life

And I realize that not all readers of Diary of a Wimpy Kid are boys. Here's a full series with a similar feel, by author and illustrator Rachel Renée Russell, that's written more for girls. My girls aren't tweens yet (thank goodness), but this series brings humor to the "hard, hard life" of ages 9-13.


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