Thematic Reading List: If you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, you might like…
|Big Nate in a class by himself
By: Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate, a sixth grader, plans on finding a way to get out of taking a social studies test.
|I Funny: a middle school story
By: James Patterson
Resolving to become the world’s greatest stand-up comedian despite less-than-funny challenges in his life, wheelchair-bound middle school student Jamie Grimm endures bullying from his mean-spirited cousin and hopes he will be fairly judged when he enters a local comedy contest.
|Dork Diaries Book 1: tales form a not-so-fabulous life
By: Rachel Renee Russell
Fourteen-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.
|The Adventures of Captain Underpants
By: Dav Pilkey
When George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking that he is the superhero Captain Underpants, he leads them to the lair of the nefarious Dr. Diaper, where they must defeat his evil robot henchmen.
|Alvin Ho: allergic to girls, school, and other scary things
By: Leonore Look
A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything.
|The Popularity Papers
By: Amy Ignatow
Two best friends embark on a project to study the behavior and taste of the popular girls at their elementary school so that by the time they get to middle school they too will be in the right crowd.
By: Tom Watson
Stick Dog and his four friends – Stripes, Mutt, Poo-Poo and Karen – will do anything to steal some sweet-smelling hamburgers from a family at Picasso Park.
| Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading
By: Tommy Greenwald
Charlie Joe Jackson is proud to say that he’s never read an entire book from cover to cover. When it comes to actually reading, Charlie counts on his friend Timmy McGibney to do the reading for him in exchange for an ice cream sandwich. But when Timmy decides that his price has gone up to three ice cream sandwiches, Charlie Joe Jackson is faced with two very unappealing options: let himself be blackmailed or read an entire book.
|Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (Dear Dumb Diary)
By: Jim Benton
Jamie Kelly confides to her diary her experiences in middle school with a boy who likes to give insulting nicknames, cafeteria food, and gorgeous, perfect Angeline, the girl with the long blonde hair who sets all the trends.
By: Victoria Jamieson
A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart.
|The Terrible Two
By: Jory John and Mac Barnett
When master prankster Miles Murphy moves to sleepy Yawnee Valley, he challenges the local, mystery prankster in an epic battle of tricks but soon the two join forces to pull off the biggest prank ever seen.
|Cheesie Mack is Not a Genius or Anything
By: Steve Cotler
Eleven-year-old Ronald “Cheesie” Mack relates events he and his best friend, Georgie, experience as fifth grade comes to an end and their summer plans are drastically changed, due in part to an old, possibly valuable coin that may belong to the mysterious inhabitant of a place they call The Haunted Toad.
|Timmy Failure: mistakes were made
By: Stephan Pastis
Resolving to earn so much money that his mother will no longer stress out over the bills, eleven-year-old Timmy Failure launches a detective business with a lazy polar bear partner named Total but finds their enterprise “Total Failure, Inc.” challenged by a college-bound spy and a four-foot-tall girl whom Timmy refuses to acknowledge.
|Poop Fountain!: The Qwickpick Papers
By: Tom Angleberger
Three friends spend Christmas day breaking into the town of Crickenburg’s antiquated sewage treatment plant in order to witness with their own eyes the soon-to-be-replaced “poop fountain.”
|Justin Case: school, drool, and other daily disasters
By: Rachel Vail
It’s the start of the school year, and nothing feels right to Justin. He didn’t get the teacher he wanted, he’s not in the same class as his best friend, and his little sister, Elizabeth, is starting kindergarten at his school. Elizabeth doesn’t seem nervous at all. Justin 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?