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Jeff Kinney is an American children’s book author, cartoonist and game designer, who is famous for his book series Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
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Key Facts & Information
- Jeffrey Patrick Kinney was born on February 19, 1971, in Fort Washington, Maryland. Jeff is one of four children of Madeline and Bruce Kinney. As a young boy, he loved reading books of authors including J.R.R. Tolkien, Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary.
- He attended Potomac Landing Elementary and Bishop McNamara High School. In the early ’90s, Jeff entered the University of Maryland. As a student, he created the idea of Igdoof, a comic strip, which was published in The Diamondback, a school newspaper.
Jeff Kinney and the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
- After the success of Igdoof, Kinney moved to New England and decided to be a cartoonist.
- In 1998, he started working on Diary of a Wimpy Kid but it was not published until 2007. Year after year, his readers grew in numbers as he published Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2008), The Last Straw (2009), Dog Days (2009), The Ugly Truth (2010), Cabin Fever (2011), The Third Wheel (2012), Hard Luck (2013), The Long Haul (2014), Old School (2015), Double Down (2016), and The Getaway (2017).
- Initially, Diary of a Wimpy Kid was first published online through funbrain.com. With daily installments, it gained over 80 million views.
- It was only in 2006 that Kinney signed a multi-book deal with Harry N. Abrams, Inc. turning it into a print series.
- Kinney’s instant hit was a fictional comedy novel depicting the journal of Greg Heffley as he entered middle school.
- On March 19, 2010, a film of the same name was released by 20th Century Fox. It was followed by Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules in 2011, Dog Days in 2012, and The Long Haul in 2017.
- Aside from the Wimpy Kid series, Kinney created Poptropica, a child-friendly website where children can play games, explore and learn more about the characters from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. It was developed in 2007 under Pearson Education’s Family with Kinney as the creative director.
Awards and Recognition
- In 2009, Kinney won the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award. In addition, he was also named as one of Time magazine’s most influential people in the world.
- He also received six Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards for Favorite Book. Moreover, his series is regularly included in USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestseller rolls.
- To date, Diary of a Wimpy Kid has sold over 150 million copies around the world and has been translated into different languages.
Jeff Kinney Worksheets
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- Jeff Kinney Facts
- Kinney’s Diary
- Kids’ Choice
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- Series Characters
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- Building Vocabulary
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- Diary of a ____ Kid
- Life Lessons
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