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 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.


Associated Press, February 13, 2020
Jeff Kinney has ‘Wimpy Kid’ spinoff book out in April Weekly, May 14, 2019
Wimpy Kid 14 Title and Cover Revealed


Press Release, May 14, 2019


The TODAY Show, January 8, 2019
Jeff Kinney reveals ‘Diary of an Awesome, Friendly Kid’ book cover

Publishers Weekly, January 8, 2019
Jeff Kinney to Expand ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ World


New York Magazine, October 18, 2018
The Best Gifts for 9-Year-Olds, According to a Child Psychologist


TODAY Online, October 26, 2018
33 of the best gifts and toys for 8-year-olds in 2019


The Washington Post, October 30, 2018
Jeff Kinney puts on a show to launch new ‘Wimpy Kid’ book


CBC News, November 3, 2018
Millions-selling ‘Wimpy Kid’ author coming to Winnipeg for lone Canadian tour stop


News and Observer, November 5, 2018
With ‘Wimpy’ books, he’s a master of kid lit. Now he wants students to tell their stories. Weekly, December 6, 2018
Wimpy Kid #13 Is Global #1 Bestseller


The Washington Post, April 26, 2017 
Ten years ago, Jeff Kinney created a new kind of comic hero


Broadway World, April 27, 2017
Jeff Kinney Unveils Cover for New DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE GETAWAY


USA TodayUSA Today, June 3, 2017
Jeff Kinney is sending Heffleys on a jet plane in next ‘Wimpy’ book


entertainment-weekly-logoEntertainment Weekly, September 29, 2017
Read a chapter from Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway


Parade, October 24, 2017
Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Getaway To Be Released Nov. 7: See The Trailer!   


entertainment-weekly-logoEntertainment Weekly, July 7, 2016
Read an exclusive excerpt from the next Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, Double Down


NYT The New York Times, May 27, 2016
‘Wimpy’ or Not, This Kid Might Make It to Broadway