If You Like Diary of a Wimpy Kid

You may enjoy some of these other humorous stories about kids in school, many of which are told in a diary format. All titles are recommended for ages 9-12.

Compiled by:
Julie Martin
Amelia's Notebook

Marissa Moss
(Juvenile Fiction - J Mo)
Series: Amelia's notebooks

The hand-lettered contents of a 9-year-old girl's notebook, in which she records her thoughts and feelings about moving, starting school, and dealing with her older sister, as well as keeping her old best friend and making a new one.

Attack of the Mutant Underwear

Tom Birdseye
(Juvenile Fiction - J Bi)

Fifth-grader Cody Carson keeps a journal of his hopes for a fresh start in a town where nobody knows about his humiliating mistakes of the past, but before school even begins so does his embarrassment.

Big Nate: In a Class By Himself

Lincoln Peirce
(Juvenile Fiction - J Pe)
Series: Big Nate, 1

Supremely confident middle school student Nate Wright manages to make getting detention from every one of his teachers in the same day seem like an achievement.

Dear Dumb Diary, Let's Pretend This Never Happened

Jim Benton
(Juvenile Fiction - J Be)
Series: Dear dumb diary, 1

In her diary, middle school student Jamie Kelly describes her life at home and at school, including her attempts to triumph over her nemesis, the beautiful and popular Angeline.

Dear Max

Sally Grindley
(Juvenile Fiction - J Gr)

Through the exchange of letters, Max and his favorite author develop a friendship and help each other with their new books.

Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal

Jeff Kinney
(Juvenile Fiction - J Kinney)

In his first journal, middle school student Rowley Jefferson, Greg Heffley's sidekick, records his experiences and misguided decision to write a biography of Greg, who, in his own mind, is destined to become rich and famous.

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

Rachel Renee Russell
(Juvenile Fiction - J Russell)

14-year-old Nikki Maxwell writes in her diary of her struggle to be popular at her exclusive new private school, then of finding her place after she gives up on being part of the elite group.

Ellray Jakes is Not a Chicken

Sally Warner
(Juvenile Fiction - J Wa)

8-year-old EllRay's father has promised a family trip to Disneyland—if EllRay can stay out of trouble for a week. But not defending himself against the class bully proves to be a real challenge.

Hilo, Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth

Judd Winick
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Hilo v. 1)

After Hilo fell mysteriously from the sky, regular kids DJ and Tina must help him discover who he really is! Hilo can't remember where he came from or why he's here, and can't seem to figure out middle school either. Fans of Diary of A Wimpy Kid will love this silly, friends-focused series!

Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters

Rachel Vail
(Juvenile Fiction - J Va)

It's the start of the school year, and nothing feels right to Justin. He's very nervous about third grade. And to top it off, he's lost his favorite stuffed animal, but he can't tell anyone, because technically he's too old to still have stuffed animals, right?

Lawn Boy

Gary Paulsen
(Juvenile Fiction - J Paulse)

Things get out of hand for a 12-year-old boy when a neighbor convinces him to expand his summer lawn mowing business.

The Loser List

Holly Kowitt
(Juvenile Fiction - J Kowitt)

When Danny gets caught trying to cross his name off the "Geek" list in the girls' bathroom, he's sent to detention. Bullies torment him mercilessly—until they discover that Danny can draw.

Middle School: the Worst Years of My Life

James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts
(Juvenile Fiction - J Patters)

When Rafe Khatchadorian enters middle school, he teams up with his best friend, "Leo the Silent," to create a game to make school more fun by trying to break every rule in the school's code of conduct.

Miss Child Has Gone Wild!

Dan Gutman
(Juvenile First Chapter Books - J-FC Gutman)

A.J. and his fellow third-graders from Ella Mentry School, including new student Alexia, go on a field trip to the zoo, where they meet a very strange zookeeper.

Mistakes Were Made

Stephan Pastis
(Juvenile Fiction - J Pastis)

Meet Timmy Failure, the founder, president, and CEO of the best detective agency in town, probably the nation. And his lazy sidekick, Total, a 1,500-pound polar bear.

Niagara Falls, or Does It?

Henry Winkler
(Juvenile Fiction - J Wi)
Series: Hank Zipzer, 1

Fourth-graders Hank, Ashley, and Frankie are excitedly preparing for a magic show at the Rock 'N Bowl when Hank's creative alternative to an English essay lands him in detention and grounded the week of the show.


Jon Scieszka
(Juvenile Fiction - J Scieszk)
Series: Spaceheadz, 1

On his first day at Brooklyn's P.S. 858, fifth-grader Michael K. is teamed with two very strange students. While he gradually comes to believe they are aliens who need his help, he has trouble convincing anyone else of the truth.

Stick Dog

Tom Watson
(Juvenile Fiction - J Watson)

Known as everybody's new best friend, Stick Dog is ready to make you laugh, cray, and most importantly, HUNGRY! Described as a really good story with kinda bad drawings, fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid will eat this series up.