Jeff Kinney

Strong reading recommendations from the Wimpy Kid creator.

When Jeff Kinney first imagined his Diary of a Wimpy Kid, what had begun as a web comic with overtones of “It’s funny because it’s true” gave birth to a series of inventive and giggle-producing books for young readers. Middle-school student Greg Heffley is a charming, hapless everykid, and his adventures are brought to life through the winning stick-figure drawings which illustrate his tales of travail. We asked Wimpy Kid creator Jeff Kinney to share three of his favorite reads with us.

Books by Jeff Kinney


Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

By Judy Blume

“My all-time favorite book as a kid. I think I did a book report on it every year I was in elementary school. Judy Blume takes ordinary ingredients and tells extraordinary stories. No special effects required.”


The Arrival

By Shaun Tan

“A real modern masterpiece. It takes the graphic novel to a whole new level. And it’s about immigration, of all things. I read it over and over because I can’t figure out how Shaun Tan pulled it off.”


A Spell for Chameleon

By Piers Anthony

“The Xanth series is wonderful science fiction—fast-paced, funny, and fresh. Fantasy without all the weight that’s common to other books in the genre.”