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Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney didn’t grow up wanting to be a children’s author. His dream was to become a newspaper cartoonist, but he wasn’t able to get his comic strips syndicated.

In 1998 Jeff came up with the idea for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, a story about a middle-school weakling named Greg Heffley. Jeff worked on his book for almost eight years before showing it to a publisher in New York.

Jeff Kinney was born in 1971 in Maryland and attended the University of Maryland in the early 1990s. It was there that Jeff ran a comic strip called “Igdoof” in the campus newspaper, and he knew he wanted to be a cartoonist.

However, Jeff was not successful in 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. Jeff worked on the book for six years before publishing it online on Funbrain.com in daily installments. To date, the online version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid has more than 80 million visits, and is typically read by more than 70,000 kids a day.

In 2006, Jeff signed a multi-book deal with publisher Harry N. Abrams, Inc. to turn Diary of a Wimpy Kid into a print series. The first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book was published in 2007 and became an instant bestseller. Just a year later, more than 100,000 copies were in print in the United States alone. With each subsequent book, in-print numbers continue to grow exponentially both in the U.S. and abroad. There are now more than 200 million copies of the series in print worldwide.

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has been a 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 500 weeks total, and more than 350 on the series list. The books are currently available in 76 editions in 64 languages.

Since initial publication in 2007, the series has gone on to win many regional and national awards around the globe including two Children’s Choice Book Awards and six Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards for Favorite Book. Jeff Kinney was named one of Time magazine’s most influential people in the world.

Jeff Kinney is also the creator of Poptropica, which was named one of Time’s 50 Best Websites. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives with his wife and two sons in Massachusetts, where they own a bookstore, An Unlikely Story.

Press

 

The Week Junior, August 21, 2020
Book of the Week: Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure

School Library Journal, August 7, 2020
Jeff Kinney Hits the Road for Pandemic Book Tour Adventure

Wall Street Journal, July 29, 2020 
What To Watch with Jeff Kinney 

Time Out New York, July 27, 2020 
Diary of a Wimpy Kid author to promote new book at socially-distanced event

Press Release, July 16, 2020 
NUMBER ONE GLOBAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR JEFF KINNEY KICKS OFF SOCIALLY DISTANCED ADVENTURE BOOK TOUR

Press Release, May 26th, 2020
DIVE INTO THE DEEP END THIS FALL! DIARY OF A WIMPY KID 15 TO BE PUBLISHED OCTOBER 27, 2020 TITLE AND COVER REVEALED

Boston Globe, May 13, 2020
The ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ Author Has a Message for the Class of 2020

NPR, April 2, 2020
Open Book with Scott Simon

TG1, March 2020
Broadcast segment with Jeff Kinney

Associated Press, February 13, 2020
Jeff Kinney has ‘Wimpy Kid’ spinoff book out in April 

 Forbes, December 9, 2019
The 10 Most Anticipated Books Of 2020, According To Independent Bookstores

Chicago Tribune, December 2, 2019
The Best Books of 2019

Today.com, November 25, 2019
26 of the best kids’ books of 2019

 Comics Beat, November 5, 2019
INTERVIEW: Jeff Kinney on Wimpy Kid’s journey, Wrecking Ball, and the terror of grout

 Financial Times, November 1, 2019
Jeff Kinney: ‘Just about anybody who has picked up a pen to draw is more talented than I am’

http://www.publishersweekly.com/images/logo-trans.pngPublishers Weekly, May 14, 2019
Wimpy Kid 14 Title and Cover Revealed

Press Release, May 14, 2019
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID 14 TITLE AND COVER REVEALED: WRECKING BALL SWINGS INTO BOOKSTORES THIS FALL