Thanks to a series of hilarious, relatable books for middle-grade readers, and a popular film franchise, Diary of a Wimpy Kid is at the top of many kids’ reading lists. It’s important to keep children engaged once they’ve finished a new series, but it’s not always easy to figure out what they might like next.


If your kids have already memorized the full Wimpy Kid collection, here are some other books I think they’ll love:






















Tell Me: Which book series do your kids love?

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by mom2busyboys on ‎03-27-2013 01:09 PM

I tell kids to read Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar, the Fudge books by Judy Blume and HArris & Me by Gary Paulsen.  All very funny reads!

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by TudorRose on ‎03-27-2013 04:15 PM

My 9 year old daughter loves the Middle School series from James Patterson and Wayside School from Louis Sachar.

by oldhipppiePA on ‎03-29-2013 11:16 AM

Was just going to recommend Timmy failure, but coming here from the main page, I see that's the first one you recommend. Kudos!!

by choirgal04 on ‎03-29-2013 02:42 PM

For a middle-grade (late elementary to middle school) girl:  The Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley (probably enough grossness & action here for boys to enjoy as well,) The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall, Nory Ryan's Song & its companions by Patricia Reilly Giff, Wendelin Van Draanen's Sammy Keyes series (I think Sammy is short for Samantha,) American Girl historical novels & mysteries (various authors,) Red Blazer Girls mysteries by Michael Beil, and Marissa Moss' assorted "diaries"  (both Amelia's & Mira's, as well as several historical "journals.")


Middle-grade favorites that would appeal to both girls & boys:  Redwall series by Brian Jacques, Chasing Vermeer & its sequels by Blue Balliett, Chronicles of Kronos series (beginning with Cabinet of Wonders) by Marie Rutkoski, Jake Ransom series by James Rollins, Mysterious Benedict Society books by Trenton Lee Stewart, the Harry Potter-esque Tapestry series (beginning with Hound of Rowan) by Henry Neff, Keepers of the School by Andrew Clements (each is short, with cliffhangers, probably could have been 1 or 2 long books, still unfinished,) and the classics -- Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander, and Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising series, and of course C.S. Lewis' Narnia Chronicles.  (For some reason, my kids never fell in love with Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quintet, but I think they are very worthy books for this age through adults!)  Really strong readers might be ready for Tolkien's Middle Earth...


And when they were younger elementary age, we enjoyed Clarice Bean (picture books and "chapter" books) by Lauren Child, Just Grace & sequels by Clarise Mericle Harper, the Magic Treehouse (and its non-fiction companions) by Mary Pope Osborne, the Magic School Bus franchise by Joanna Cole /Bruce Degen, Tomie de Paola's sweet autobiographical 26 Fairmount Avenue series, Puppy Place & Taylor-Made Tales, both by Ellen Miles, the hilarious Hank the Cowdog series by John Erikson, Horrible Harry series by Suzy Kline, Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park, Beverly Cleary's Ralph S. Mouse books, the Starfleet Academy & Young Jedi Knights collections (various authors), Mercy Watson's adventures by Kate Di Camillo; in addition, the younger versions of Carolyn Keene's mysteries (Nancy Drew Notebooks, Clue Crew) and the early chapter book adapatations of the Little House classics by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  (My boys also got a kick out of Captain Underpants; I like silly, but I can't quite bring myself to recommend these...)


I'm sorry to go on & on like this, but you've turned me loose on a topic dear to my heart -- I love Kid-Lit!