Rachel Renee Russell's Dork Diaries series have been immensely popular with children aged 9 and up for years. The funny stories, brilliant illustrations and relatable heroine, Nikki Maxwell, have made these books firm favourites on many children's bookshelves. So, if your kids have just started reading the Dork Diaries books or you think they'd be the perfect new reads for your kids, here are all the books in order.
In the first Dork Diaries book, we are introduced to Nikki Maxwell, the new girl at school. But, there's a problem. Nikki doesn’t fit in at her new school, in fact, all the popular girls call her a "dork". Nikki finds comfort in her diary, scribbling and drawing funny doodles and documenting her rivalry with her arch-nemesis Mackenzie Hollister. This hilarious book is perfect for Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Jacqueline Wilson fans.
Things are looking up for Nikki, she's finally made friends and her crush, Brandon, has asked to be her lab partner in science! But, when Mackenzie starts bragging that Brandon is taking her to the school's Halloween party, Nikki decides she's not going and agrees to spend Halloween at her little sister's party instead. Then, she finds out that Mackenzie was lying so there might still be a chance for her and Brandon - but she's already promised to stay with her sister - how can she juggle two parties on one night?!
Nikki can't wait to get up on stage with her best friends, Chloe and Zoey, when she hears about the school talent competition. She's determined to impress her crush and show off her amazing singing skills when she learns that Mackenzie is plotting to steal her limelight by entering the competition as well! What will happen when these rivals take to the stage?
Nikki's putting her ice skates on and teaming up with her BFFs for a skate-a-thon to raise funds for the animal shelter her crush, Brandon, volunteers for. However, just one problem, Nikki can't actually skate... yet! She's determined to learn but, first, she's going to have to stop Mackenzie from swooping in to save the day before Nikki's even had the chance to try.
After Nikki's arch-nemesis, Mackenzie Hollister, starts writing rumours in a gossip column for the school newspaper, Nikki is determined to do what she can to stop Mackenzie from writing about Brandon. So, she decides to take up the role of agony aunt for the newspaper to keep an eye on Mackenzie. But, when she starts replying to her fellow students' messages under the alias "Miss Know-It-All", she realises being an advice columnist is a more important job than she ever thought it would be!
The school dance is coming around and Nikki is desperate for Brandon to ask her to be his date. But, what's worse than Brandon not asking Nikki? It's him asking Mackenzie! Will Nikki have the night of her life or will she have to watch her crush walk into the dance with her arch-nemesis?
Fame is coming Nikki's way as a reality TV crew start filming Niki and her friends for a month as they record their new hit single. But, life in front of the camera may not go so smoothly for Nikki and her friends as they face the cost of fame.
8. Dork Diaries: Once Upon a Dork
Nikki has a very strange experience after suffering from a bump on the head. She dreams that herself, her friends, Brandon and Mackenzie are all characters in familiar fairy tales. Will this dream fade into a nightmare?
9. Dork Diaries: Drama Queen
The story is about to get turned upside down as Mackenzie steals Nikki's diary! Not only does she find out all Nikki's personal thoughts, she decides to start telling her own story. What is life like for the school’s mean girl?
When the animal shelter that Brandon volunteers for has to turn away a litter of puppies after becoming full to capacity, Nikki comes to the rescue! She takes in all seven puppies and then realises she has a pretty big obstacle to get around with her parents not allowing her to have dogs in the house! So, she concocts a plan to hide them in her house at night and sneak them into school with her during the day. But, how long can this last before she gets caught?
When Nikki spends a week at North Hampton Hills for a school transfer programme, the last person she wants to run into is mean girl Mackenzie! But, as Nikki and Mackenzie come face-to-face with the NHH queen bee, Tiffany, Mackenzie realises she's just met her match. It may just be that the only way to survive the week is for Nikki and Mackenzie to team up to bring down Tiffany and her mean ways together.
The school holidays are fast approaching in this instalment of the Dork Diaries series and Nikki has to decide how she will be spending her summer. But, things never go smoothly in the life of Nikki Maxwell as it turns out there’s a new kid interested in her but she still likes her long-time crush Brandon. It's a crush catastrophe! What will Nikki do?
Nikki is about to celebrate a birthday in this brand new Dork Diaries book. Coming in August!
This addition to the Dork Diaries series gives the reader a chance to start putting together their own diary. Featuring a new story starring all the best-loved Dork Diaries characters and Nikki's list of what to include in your own diary, this is a must-have for every Dork Diaries fan.
Make your very own Dork Diary by answering Nikki's questions and writing your own dork-tastic entries! With a question for each day of the year, journaling has never been easier.
Treat your kids to the Dork Diaries books and they'll have plenty of laughs ahead of them. If your children are fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Tom Gates then Rachel Renee Russell's fantastic series is a must for them!