Staff Picks

If You Liked 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.

Julie Martin
Amazing Days of Abby Hayes: Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining     Amazing Days of Abby Hayes: Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining    
Abby Mazer
    (Fiction - J Mazer)
Amazing days of Abby Hayes, 1

Abby Hayes, who has been living in the shadow of her perfect older twin sisters and her genius younger brother, is about to start the fifth grade and is determined to break out of her shell.  

Amelia's Notebook     Amelia's Notebook    
Melissa Moss
    (Fiction - J Mo)
Amelia's notebooks

The hand-lettered contents of a nine-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     Attack of the Mutant Underwear    
Tom Birdseye
    (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     Big Nate: In a Class By Himself    
Lincoln Peirce
    (Fiction - J Pe)
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.     
 

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading     Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading    
Tom Greenwald
    (Fiction - J Gr)

Middle-school student Charlie Joe is proud of his success at avoiding reading, but eventually his schemes go too far.
 

Dear Dumb Diary, Let's Pretend This Never Happened     Dear Dumb Diary, Let's Pretend This Never Happened    
Jim Benton
    (Fiction - J Be)
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     Dear Max    
Sally Grindley
    (Fiction - J Gr)

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

Ellray Jakes is Not a Chicken     Ellray Jakes is Not a Chicken    
Sally Warner
    (Fiction - J Wa)

 Eight-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.
 

Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters     Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters    
Rachel Vail
    (Fiction - J Va)

It's the start of the school year, and nothing feels right to Justin. He is 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     Lawn Boy    
Gary Paulsen
    (Fiction - J Paulse)

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

Lucy Rose: Here's the Thing About Me     Lucy Rose: Here's the Thing About Me    
Katy Kelly
    (Fiction - J Ke)
Lucy Rose books, 1

Eight-year-old Lucy Rose keeps a diary of her first year in Washington, D.C., as she spends time with her grandparents, makes new friends, and longs to convince her teacher to let her take care of the class pet during a holiday.  
   

Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff     Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff    
Jennifer Holm
    (Fiction - J Ho)

This story-told entirely through notes, grocery receipts, and a vast array of other items-follows Ginny as she accidently dyes her hair pink, throws live frogs in class, and loses the lead role in ballet to her ex-best friend.
 

Niagara Falls, or Does It?     Niagara Falls, or Does It?    
Henry Winkler
    (Fiction - J Wi)
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.
 

Secret Identity     Secret Identity    
Wendelin Van Draanen
    (Fiction - J Vandra)
Shredderman, 1

Fifth-grader Nolan Byrd, tired of being called names by the class bully, has a secret identity--Shredderman!     
 

Spaceheadz     Spaceheadz    
Jon Sciezka
    (Fiction - J Sciezk)
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.    
 

The Loser List     The Loser List    
H. N. Kowitt
    (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.