In Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, you’ll be following the adventures (and misadventures) of wimpy kid, Greg Heffley. A total of 16 books (well, we should say illustrated journals) make up this earth-conquering children’s series in which readers join Greg on his turbulent journey through middle school… and it’s a bumpy ride, to say the least.

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To get you started, here’s a handy list of every book in the series (so far), as well as a quick spoiler-free summary. It’s up to you what order you read them in, but to make it easy we’ve started at the beginning…

And for those who are fans of Greg's best friend Rowley Jefferson, we've also included his spin-off series! As, of course, there are always two sides to every story.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Book 1) (2007)

If you’re serious about bingeing all 16 of Jeff-Kinney’s side-splitting Wimpy Kid novels, best start at the very beginning. In Diary of a Wimpy Kid readers will meet Greg Heffley for the very first time – and trust us when we say that we’ve ALL been Greg at one time or another. Greg sums his situation up rather eloquently, nice and early on for us: “I’ll be famous one day, but for now I’m stuck in middle school”. Yep, not only is it a new school year, but it’s a new school for Greg. Greg is desperate to prove his newfound maturity (after all, he’s in middle school now!), but how will he cope when his sidekick Rowley’s star starts to rise at school? 

Rodrick Rules (Book 2) (2008)

Hurrah! You’re on to book two, Rodrick Rules and in this book, Greg is hiding a big secret from his summer vacation. But hey, it’s the start of a brand-new school year, Greg has a brand-new journal and the past is in the past (right?). But Greg’s brother, Rodrick, knows everything and has no intention of keeping his little brother’s secret. How can Greg make it through this new school year with his not-quite-cool reputation intact? Greg’s second journal seriously rules. 

The Last Straw (Book 3) (2009)

Will it be third time lucky for Greg Heffley? Can he go one book (sorry, journal) drama-free?! Of course not – where’s the fun in that? In this chapter, Greg’s dad is on a mission to de-wimpy our favourite wimpy kid with a series of 'manly' physical activities. Greg successfully manages to dodge his dad’s devious plans, but his dodging comes to a screeching halt when the phrase 'military academy' is mentioned. Gulp. He’s going to have to come up with something seriously EPIC to get out of this one. 

Dog Days (Book 4) (2009)

Readers join Greg on his summer holidays in book four! Being more of an 'indoor person', our wimpy kid is looking forward to some serious TV and video game time hidden inside his dark bedroom over the next few weeks. Unfortunately, mum has other plans. She’s keen for more ‘family togetherness’ this summer – complete with ENDLESS activities – bringing Greg’s own summer plans to a crashing halt. Worst of all, there’s a brand-new addition to the Heffley family to contend with, leaving Greg somewhat outnumbered. This could be a real dog of a summer. Get it?

The Ugly Truth (Book 5) (2010)

Greg Heffley has always wanted to be treated like a grown-up, but is he really ready for everything growing up entails? It’s not exactly a smooth journey (in fact, it can get pretty ugly), as he’s about to learn in Jeff Kinney’s fifth instalment in the series. Greg’s suddenly dealing with the unfamiliar waters of boy-girl parties, increased responsibilities and all the awkwardness in between. Greg could really use a best friend to help him steer through this one – unfortunately, Greg and Rowley had a big fight, which means that Greg must face the 'ugly truth' on his own.

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Cabin Fever (Book 6) (2011)

Can Greg weather the storms that book six, Cabin Fever, has in store for him? Greg’s being blamed for some recent damage to school property and guess what? HE’S ACTUALLY INNOCENT (well, sort of). Just as the authorities are closing in on him, a huge blizzard hits, trapping the Heffley family indoors. Now, what’s worse? Getting in huge amounts of trouble, unfairly, or being trapped indoors with your family for DAYS?

The Third Wheel (Book 7) (2012)

Valentine’s Day isn’t exactly all hugs and kisses when you’re Greg Heffley. In fact, dealing with everything the day entails might just be Greg’s biggest hurdle yet. A Valentine’s Day dance is being held at Greg’s middle school and LOVE IS IN THE AIR; naturally, this has turned Greg’s already upside-down world, upside down again. Greg and his best friend Rowley are both feeling the pressure of the big day and are determined to find dates for the school dance – not the easiest of tasks when you’re a wimpy kid! Will they both end up being lucky in love? Or is one of them about to find out what it means to be a third wheel…

Hard Luck (Book 8) (2013)

Greg’s former best friend Rowley has ditched him and our wimpy kid has been left to survive middle school solo. His mum keeps telling him: “Friends come and go, but family is forever”, but that’s hardly helping him right now. After struggling to make new friends, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a game of chance send this wimpy kid on the right path, or will hard luck mean a future of endless misadventures?

The Long Haul (Book 9) (2014)

The Heffleys are going on a road trip and Greg’s chances of survival are… well, come on, after eight books, let’s face it – they’re not good. It’s another summer holiday and Greg’s mum has decided that the family are going to have an 'authentic experience' this summer by going on a family road trip in a mini-van. What could possibly go wrong? Don’t worry, Greg is just as sceptical as you are. Fasten your seatbelts, because this one’s going to be the bumpiest book yet! 

Old School (Book 10) (2015)

In book 10, EVERYTHING is going backwards! Or at least that’s how Greg feels when his entire town decides to completely unplug and go electronic-free; after all, life was better in the olden days – wasn’t it? Greg must suddenly live his life completely 'old school' and with tension growing inside and outside of the family home, will he find a way to survive? Thank goodness for his journal…

Double Down (Book 11) (2016)

It’s Halloween time and the frights are coming in left right and centre for Greg. His biggest fright comes in the form of his mum (shocker), who’s now on his case about playing video games too much (apparently they’re turning his brain to mush); she thinks that Greg could be doing something much more creative. So, Greg decides to make a movie! Not only will that get his mum off his back, but it’ll make him rich and famous, too! It’s a bulletproof idea, right? Lights! Camera! Action? 

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The Getaway (Book 12) (2017)

The Heffley family decides that it’s time to get away from it all and go on a relaxing holiday together (if you’ve just read the last 11 books, you’ll totally understand why). What could possibly go wrong in a Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, we ask you? The Heffleys soon discover that paradise isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. Expect sun-poisoning, stomach troubles and venomous creatures. A summer misadventure that only Jeff Kinney could think up! 

The Meltdown (Book 13) (2018)

In this entry, we see heavy snow shut down Greg Heffley’s school and before you know it, his whole neighbourhood has been transformed into a wintry battlefield! Rival groups are now fighting over territory, huge snow forts are being erected and EPIC snowball fights are breaking out all over the place! Let’s all hope that Greg has what it takes to survive this neighbourhood MELTDOWN!

Wrecking Ball (Book 14) (2019)

Things are looking up for the Heffley’s in this instalment. They’ve received an unexpected inheritance from their Aunt Reba. Although they’re sad she’s passed away (well, Greg’s mum is), they’re also excited about the new home improvements that can now happen. However, things don’t exactly go to plan. With unwelcome critters appearing, toxic mould forming and walls falling down, the Heffley’s are going to have to make a difficult decision.

The Deep End (Book 15) (2020)

It’s the summer and Greg and his family are itching to get away. Unfortunately, they don’t have the money to go anywhere overseas. So, they hit the road for a cross-country camping trip! As ever though, their plans hit a snag. The campsite they’ve headed to is far from the summertime paradise they had hoped for. And then Greg has a very unfortunate incident with his swimming trunks whilst the Heffley's are floating along a river…

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot (Book 16) (2021)

It’s official, Greg Heffley's sports career is over. And that’s fine. He’s made his peace with it, especially following that abysmal competition. But his mum hasn’t given up yet and manages to convince Greg to try out for the basketball team. And by some divine act, he secures a spot! They are the worst team in the league, however, but still – he’s officially a sportsman. The team hasn’t had the best start this season but anything can happen. Will Greg be able to make that winning shot?

For fans of Rowley Jefferson

Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid (2019)

We’ve spent over 10 years seeing things from Greg Heffley’s point of view but have you ever wondered how his righthand man, Rowley Jefferson sees things? In Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid, Rowley has decided to start his own journal. Problem is, his best friend Greg is slightly mad and says that Rowley has totally ripped him off. So, like the good friend he is, Rowley has agreed to tell Greg’s story along the way (as he is going to be rich and famous, of course). However, Rowley’s stories are not exactly what Greg envisioned.

Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Adventure (2020)

Rowley has caught the writing bug so as well as documenting his daily life, he’s decided to write a fantastically epic tale! It follows two best friends, Roland and Garg the Barbarian, who are on a mission to save Roland’s mum from the fearsome White Warlock. Rowley can’t wait to show the first chapter to his best friend Greg, even though Greg can be a bit too brutally honest. And he is. But it’s ok as Greg is going to help make sure that Rowley’s story becomes a bestseller.

Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories (2021)

Rowley has nailed fantasy adventure writing so he’s now turned to spooky stories. From gruesome zombies and ghoulish ghosts to blood-sucking vampires, Rowley (and we’re sure Greg will help in some way) will take you on a frightening – and no doubt, amusing – journey. But do proceed with caution. You may end up having to sleep with the lights on…

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