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How to Read Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books in Order [Chronologically]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books in Order: Filled with laugh-out-loud hilarious text and cartoons, Diary of a Wimpy Kid a satirical realistic fiction comedy novel for children and teenagers written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney.

Since the release series in 2007, most of the books have garnered positive reviews for its relatable humor and commercial success. As of 2022, more than 275 million copies have been sold globally, making it the fourth best-selling book series of all time.

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series follows middler schooler Greg Heffley and his struggles to fit in as he begins middle school, who thinks very highly of himself, but is oblivious to his own imperfections. As he records the daily trials and triumphs of friendship, family life and middle school where undersized weaklings have to share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner and already shaving! On top of all that, Greg must be careful to avoid the dreaded CHEESE TOUCH!

So get ready for hours of “wimpy” mischief and nonstop laughs with all 18 hilarious books, written by Jeff Kinney! Here is the list of Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books list in Order of Release.


How to Read Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books in Chronological Order

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2007)

In book one of this debut series, Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowley’s star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend’s newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion.


2. Rodrick Rules (2008)

Secrets have a way of getting out, especially when a diary is involved. Whatever you do, don’t ask Greg Heffley how he spent his summer vacation, because he definitely doesn’t want to talk about it.

As Greg enters the new school year, he’s eager to put the past three months behind him . . . and one event in particular. Unfortunately for Greg, his older brother, Rodrick, knows all about the incident Greg wants to keep under wraps. But secrets have a way of getting out . . . especially when a diary is involved.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules chronicles Greg’s attempts to navigate the hazards of middle school, impress the girls, steer clear of the school talent show, and most important, keep his secret safe.


3. The Last Straw (2009)

Let’s face it: Greg Heffley will never change his wimpy ways. Somebody just needs to explain that to Greg’s father.

You see, Frank Heffley actually thinks he can get his son to toughen up, and he enlists Greg in organized sports and other “manly” endeavors. Of course, Greg is able to easily sidestep his father’s efforts to change him. But when Greg’s dad threatens to send him to military academy, Greg realizes he has to shape up . . . or get shipped out.


4. Dog Days (2009)

Greg, a self-confessed “indoor person,” is living out his ultimate summer fantasy: no responsibilities and no rules. But Greg’s mom has a different vision for an ideal summer . . . one packed with outdoor activities and “family togetherness.” Whose vision will win out? Or will a new addition to the Heffley family change everything?


5. The Ugly Truth (2010)

Greg suddenly finds himself dealing with the pressures of boy-girl parties, increased responsibilities, and even the awkward changes that come with getting older—all without his best friend, Rowley, at his side. Can Greg make it through on his own? Or will he have to face the “ugly truth?”


6. Cabin Fever (2011)

The authorities are closing in, but when a surprise blizzard hits, the Heffley family is trapped indoors. Greg knows that when the snow melts he’s going to have to face the music, but could any punishment be worse than being stuck inside with your family for the holidays?


7. The Third Wheel (2012)

A Valentine’s Day dance at Greg’s middle school has turned his world upside down. As Greg scrambles to find a date, he’s worried he’ll be left out in the cold on the big night. His best friend, Rowley, doesn’t have any prospects either, but that’s a small consolation. An unexpected twist gives Greg a partner for the dance and leaves Rowley the odd man out. But a lot can happen in one night, and in the end, you never know who’s going to be lucky in love.


8. Hard Luck (2013)

Greg Heffley’s on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg’s life destined to be just another hard-luck story?


9. The Long Haul (2014)

The journey starts off full of promise, then quickly takes several wrong turns. Gas station bathrooms, crazed seagulls, a fender bender, and a runaway pig—not exactly Greg Heffley’s idea of a good time. But even the worst road trip can turn into an adventure—and this is one the Heffleys won’t soon forget.


10. Old School (2015)

That’s the question Greg Heffley is asking as his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free. But modern life has its conveniences, and Greg isn’t cut out for an old-fashioned world. With tension building inside and outside the Heffley home, will Greg find a way to survive? Or is going “old school” just too hard for a kid like Greg?


11. Double Down (2016)

When Greg finds an old video camera in his basement, he thinks he may have discovered just the thing to prove he’s got big-time talent. With the help of his best friend, Rowley, Greg hatches a plan to make a scary movie . . . and to become rich and famous in the process. But is doubling down on movie-making a smart plan? Or is it just a recipe for doubling Greg’s troubles?


12. The Getaway (2017)

But the Heffleys soon discover that paradise isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. Sun poisoning, stomach troubles, and venomous critters all threaten to ruin the family’s vacation. Can their trip be saved, or will this island getaway end in disaster?


13. The Meltdown (2018)

When snow shuts down Greg Heffley’s middle school, his neighborhood transforms into a wintry battlefield. Rival groups fight over territory, build massive snow forts, and stage epic snowball fights. And in the crosshairs are Greg and his trusty best friend, Rowley Jefferson. It’s a fight for survival as Greg and Rowley navigate alliances, betrayals, and warring gangs in a neighborhood meltdown. When the snow clears, will Greg and Rowley emerge as heroes? Or will they even survive to see another day?


14. Wrecking Ball (2019)

Once the walls come down, all sorts of problems start to crop up. Rotten wood, toxic mold, unwelcome critters, and something even more sinister all make Greg and his family wonder if the renovations are worth the trouble. When the dust finally settles, will the Heffleys be able to stay . . . or will they need to get out of town? And don’t miss Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal—the instant #1 bestseller—told from Greg’s best friend Rowley’s perspective!


15. The Deep End (2020)

But things take an unexpected turn, and they find themselves stranded at an RV park that’s not exactly a summertime paradise. When the skies open up and the water starts to rise, the Heffleys wonder if they can save their vacation—or if they’re already in too deep.


16. Big Shot (2021)

After a disastrous field day competition at school, Greg decides that when it comes to his athletic career, he’s officially retired. But after his mom urges him to give sports one more chance, he reluctantly agrees to sign up for basketball. Tryouts are a mess, and Greg is sure he won’t make the cut. But he unexpectedly lands a spot on the worst team. As Greg and his new teammates start the season, their chances of winning even a single game look slim. But in sports, anything can happen. When everything is on the line and the ball is in Greg’s hands, will he rise to the occasion? Or will he blow his big shot?


17. Diper Överlöde (2022)

When he decides to tag along with his brother Rodrick’s band, Löded Diper, Greg doesn’t realize what he’s getting into. But he soon learns that late nights, unpaid gigs, fighting between band members, and money troubles are all part of the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle. Can Greg help Löded Diper become the legends they think they are? Or will too much time with Rodrick’s band be a diper överlöde?


18. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Book 18

In the newest installment of the Wimpy Kid series, Greg is up to his eyeballs in stress. Overdue homework assignments, flaky study partners, and at least one all-nighter put Greg to the test. You’ll be laughing along as Greg hilariously muddles his way through middle school.


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How many Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are there?

As of 2022, SEVENTEEN (17) books in the series have been released, follows Greg Heffley, a middle-schooler who illustrates his daily life in a diary (although he constantly tells the audience that it is a journal).


All Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movies in Order of Release Date

Here is the list of Diary of a Wimpy Kid books in order, they were released.

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid — April 1, 2007

2. Rodrick Rules — February 1, 2008

3. The Last Straw — January 13, 2009

4. Dog Days — October 12, 2009

5. The Ugly Truth — November 9, 2010

6. Cabin Fever — November 15, 2011

7. The Third Wheel — November 13, 2012

8. Hard Luck — November 5, 2013

9. The Long Haul — November 4, 2014

10. Old School — November 3, 2015

11. Double Down — November 1, 2016

12. The Getaway — November 7, 2017

13. The Meltdown — October 30, 2018

14. Wrecking Ball — November 5, 2019

15. The Deep End — October 27, 2020

16. Big Shot — October 26, 2021

17. Diper Överlöde — October 25, 2022


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How many Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies are there?

Diary of a Wimpy Kid film series consists of a total of FOUR (4) movies and TWO (2) animated films that follows Greg Heffley, a middle-schooler who illustrates his daily life in a diary.


All Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movies in Order of Release Date

Here is the list of Diary of a Wimpy Kid films in order, they were released.

Main Series:

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid — March 19, 2010

2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules — March 25, 2011

3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days — August 3, 2012

4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul — May 19, 2017


Animated Series:

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid — December 3, 2021

2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules — December 2, 2022

3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw — TBA

4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Christmas: Cabin Fever — TBA


What is Diary of a Wimpy Kid book about?

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is full of hilarious text and cartoons that follow Greg Heffley as he chronicles his friendships, family life, and experiences at middle school, where short, weak kids have to share the halls with tall, mean kids who are already shaving.


About Jeff Kinney

Best known for the children’s book series Diary of a Wimpy Kid, As well as being an international bestselling author, Jeff Kinney is also an online developer and designer. He is the creator of the children’s virtual world, poptropica. He was names one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2009. He lives with his family in Massachusetts, USA.

However, Jeff was not successful getting his comic strip syndicated after college, and in 1998 he started writing down ideas for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which he hoped to turn into a book. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has been a permanent fixture on the USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. The series has remained on the New York Times bestseller lists since the publication of the first book, for more than 775 weeks total, and more than 350 on the series list. The books are currently available in 84 editions in 69 languages. The series is still ongoing.


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