Summer Survival Guide for the Wimpy Kid Fan

Haven’t been able to get the Summer Book Hook posts out the past couple weeks, so this week there will be TWO Summer Book Hook editions. Whaahooo! Additionally, the next few Summer Book Hook editions will be devoted to Middle Grade Books (i.e. 3rd – 7th grade reading level), specifically current favorite series. Double Whaahoo!

Today’s Summer Book Hook topic… Summer Survival Guide for the Wimpy Kid Fan. Or, what do do when the library is (gulp) out of Wimpy Kid books.

Daily scene at the library: Kid walks in as quick as (s)he can without it being a full out sprint. Gets to the children’s room reference desk and out of breath asks, “Do you have Diary of a Wimpy Kid?!!”

New York Times Bestseller for 5 years and counting, and June’s featured NPR Backseat Book Club selection, kids can’t get enough of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid. But being the summertime with kids out of school, the chances that a copy of this popular series is available is slim to none. So, to avoid panic and chaos, I’ve compiled a list of awesome alternatives Greg Hessey fans will surly love almost as much, if not just as much, as Wimpy Kid to keep them reading over the summer months.

Same hypothetical child: “You don’t have any of Diary of a Wimpy Kid books?!!!!! What about the movies? The guide books? Feeling faint… might… internally…  combust… ”

Me: “Take deep breaths. Inhale, exhale, everything is going to be alright.”

If you enjoy reading the Diary of a Wimpy Kid, you might like:

Big Nate books by Lincoln Peirce

The Popularity Papers series by Amy Ignatow

Justin Case books by Rachel Vail, illustrated by Matthew Cordell

Dork in Disguise series by Carol Gorman

N.E.R.D.S: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society series by Michael Buckley

Wonkenstein: The Creature from my Closet by Obert Skye

Dork Diaries series by Rachel Renee Russell

Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts

Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder series by Jo Nesbo, illustrated by Mike Lowery

Knights of the Lunch Table graphic novel series by Frank Cammuso

I hope one or two of these books will help satisfy the Wimpy Kid addiction. Need more suggestions? Send me an email!

Happy Summer Reading!

Previous Summer Book Hook posts:

10 Tips to Get Kids Reading This Summer

Week 1: Early Readers

Week 2: Graphic Novels for All-Ages

Week 3: Audiobooks

Week 4: Beginning Chapter Books



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4 Responses to “Summer Survival Guide for the Wimpy Kid Fan”

  1. Tricia Meyer says:

    Love this post! My kids were starting to drift away from Wimpy Kid a bit until they started seeing previews for the new movie and are all back into it again.


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