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Selection of Books to Read from Jeff Kinney.

Posted on: December 19, 2009


Me: Hoping for spring and summer to come.

I recently did my Chirstmas shopping for the 8 and 11 year olds I have in my life and author Jeff Kinney was on the list. M has read Dog Days,  and The Last Straw and wanted Roderick Rules. Luckily, I found it.

I was interested to see what kind of books Jeff Kinney would recommend and this interview on the Today Show came up during my internet search.

For Jeff Kinney and other authors of other genres suggestions to read go to:

Jeff Kinney
Author, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series

Children’s books:

  • “Knucklehead” by Jon Scieszka (Viking Juvenile, for ages 9-12)
  • “Are You Ready to Play Outside?” by Mo Willems (Hyperion Book CH for baby-preschool ages)
  • “The Curious Garden” by Peter Brown (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, for ages 4-8)
  • “Ripley’s Special Edition 2010” (Scholastic, for ages 9-12)
  • “Marcelo in the Real World” by Francisco Stork (Arthur A. Levine Books, for young adults, grade 8 and up)
  • “Calvin and Hobbes Complete Collection” by Bill Watterson (Andrews McMeel Publishing, no age range)
  • “When You Reach Me” by Rebecca Stead (Wendy Lamb Books, for grades 5-8)
  • “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins, for ages 9-12)
  • “The Magician’s Elephant” by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick, for ages 9-12)

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