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Booklist: Dear Diary

March 19th, 2010 (10:46 am)
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Current Song: Dear Diary by M2M

There are many, many stories for kids and teens told in diary entries or otherwise involving personal journals, notebooks, sketchbooks, or blogs. This style reveals the innermost thoughts of the main characters. Here are a few of those private (or not-so-private) diaries.

Picture Books
Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French, illustrated by Bruce Whatley

Series for Kids
(shelved alphabetically by series title in the juvenile series section)

The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes series by Anne Mazer
- First book: Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining
-- Full list of titles

The Amelia books by Marissa Moss
- First book: Amelia's Notebook
-- Full list of titles (first book at the bottom, newest the top)
* Also look for this series in the American Girls section

The California Diaries by Ann M. Martin
- First book: Dawn
-- Full list of titles

Dear America series by various authors

From the Files of Madison Finn series by Laura Dower
- First book: Only the Lonely
-- Full list of titles

The Royal Ballet School Diaries by Alexandra Moss
- First book: Ellie's Chance to Dance

The Royal Diaries series by various authors

Series for Kids
(shelved alphabetically by author in general juvenile fiction)

Harriet the Spy stories by Louise Fitzhugh
- Harriet the Spy
- The Long Secret
- Sport
(I have yet to read the Harriet books written by Helen Ericson)

Lucy Rose series by Katy Kelly
- Here's the Thing About Me
- Big on Plans
- Busy Like You Can t Believe
- Working Myself to Pieces & Bits

Lily B. books by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
- Lily B. on the Brink of Cool
- Lily B. on the Brink of Love
- Lily B. on the Brink of Paris

Millie trilogy by Lisa Yee
- Millicent Min, Girl Genius
- Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time
- So Totally Emily Ebers

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid
- Rodrick Rules
- The Last Straw
- Book four is due out in October 2009

Additional Titles for Kids
Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf by Jennifer L. Holm and Elicia Castaldi with additional art by Matthew Holm
Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renee Russell
- Sequel: Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Popular Party Girl
Tru Confessions by Janet Tashjian
Pieces of Georgia by Jen Bryant
Strider by Beverly Cleary (This is the sequel to Dear Mr. Henshaw, which is told in a series of letters)
How My Private, Personal Journal Became a Bestseller by Julia DeVillers (made into the TV movie Read It and Weep)
Diary of a Would-Be Princess: The Journal of Jillian James, 5B by Jessica Green
Mable Riley: A Reliable Record of Humdrum, Peril, and Romance by Marthe Jocelyn
What I Believe by Norma Fox Mazer
Swan Town: The Secret Journal of Susanna Shakespeare by Michael J. Ortiz
The Book of One Hundred Truths by Julie Schumacher
Tru Confessions by Janet Tashjian
Runaway by Wendelin Van Draanen

Series for Teens
(alphabetical by author, as they are shelved)

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
- First book: The Princess Diaries
-- Full list of titles
-- There have been two movies based on the books.

True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet by Lola Douglas
- True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet
- More True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet
-- Related Booklist: But I DO Want to Be Famous!

Alice MacLeod books by Susan Juby
- Alice, I Think
- Miss Smithers
- Alice MacLeod: Realist at Last
-- The books were made into a Canadian TV show.

The Bradford Novels by Micol Ostow
- GoldenGirl (January 2009)
- Fashionista (August 2009)

The Confessions of Georgia Nicholson by Louise Rennison
- First book: Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (which was made into a movie)
-- Full list of titles

Additional Titles for Teens (alphabetical by author)
Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande
Banana Splitsville by Catherine Clark (original title: Truth or Dairy)
- Sequel: Rocky Road Trip (original title: Wurst Case Scenario)
Diva Without a Cause by Grace Dent (original title: Diary of a Chav)
- Sequel: Posh and Prejudice (coming out in December 2009)
Top 8 by Katie Finn
Storky: How I Lost My Nickname and Won the Girl by D.L. Garfinkle
Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
I Am the Wallpaper by Mark Peter Hughes
- Spinoff: Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes
Gert Garibaldi's Rants and Raves: One Butt Cheek at a Time by Amber Kizer
- Sequel coming in 2009/2010: Gert Garibaldi's Rants and Raves: From Butt to Booty by Amber Kizer
The Kingdom of Strange by Shula Klinger
Returnable Girl by Pamela Lowell
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar
Cruel Summer by Alyson Noël
Popular Vote by Micol Ostow
My Life Starring Mum by Chloë Rayban
Deep and Meaningful Diaries from Planet Janet by Dyan Sheldon (originally published as two separate books: Planet Janet and Planet Janet in Love)
The Actual Real Reality of Jennifer James by Gillian Shields
Various titles edited by Beatrice Sparks based on real people and events
Click Here: To Find Out How I Survived Seventh Grade by Denise Vega
- Sequel coming in 2009: Access Denied (and Other Eighth Grade Error Messages) by Denise Vega
Heart on My Sleeve by Ellen Wittlinger

Related Booklist: Comedies for Tweens and Teens

Comments

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 6th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)

Would you consider SFF for this list? If so, I'd include Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale and Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer.

Sheila Ruth
Wands and Worlds

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 6th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)

Yes! Adding Days now. I haven't read Life yet. I've been meaning to read that for, oh, A YEAR - and now the sequel.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 6th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)

Oh, you should definitely read it!

Sheila Ruth
Wands and Worlds

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 6th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)

I want to - I enjoyed her books when I was a kid, and I like dystopic tales.

Posted by: Trouble (literaticat)
Posted at: January 6th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)

Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend

Spud by John van der Ruit

Storky by Debby Garfinkle

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 6th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)

Thank you! I thought of Storky last night and accidentally left it off. I know of Adrian Mole, but haven't read it yet. (I only list titles I've read.) I didn't much care for Spud.

Posted by: boothyisawesome (boothyisawesome)
Posted at: January 7th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)

I'd also add:

Tale of Two Summers by Brian Sloan
and
Confessions of a Boyfriend Stealer by Robynn Clairday

Both are done in blog entries.

Awesome list, LW! :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 7th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)

Thanks! I have yet to read either, which is why they aren't on the list.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 12th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)

From a. fortis: Great list! I can't help it but I like those Georgia Nicolson books...

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 12th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)

Hi, you. I hope the movie is cute!

I like that cats feature in both Rennison's and Cabot's diary series. :)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 14th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)

Just to pick a book wholly at random, I'd add:

The Qwikpick Adventure Society, by Sam Riddleburger, which is a typed up "official" account of an adventure, with drawings by one society member, photos by another member and handwritten, top secret annotations by the main character.

-Sam R.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 14th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)

Hi Sam! I haven't read yours yet, but I've heard good things about it.

Posted by: novel_tee (novel_tee)
Posted at: May 11th, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)

I would absolutely have to add Megan McCafferty's Jessica Darling series to this Dear Diary booklist. It is marketed as YA/adult fiction, though. I couldn't see any mention of Megan McCafferty in your reviews so far so I'm wondering if you've read her.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 11th, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)

I have read the first two books in the Jessica Darling line. Poor thing, with her father calling her Notso! ;) Megan's retro blogger is hilarious.

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 15th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)

Thanks!

I haven't read Main Street yet either. I see them in the stores and think, "I need to get those from the library..." but series are typically slapped with generic paperback codes and thus aren't always easy to track down and order from the system.

Posted by: Adrienne Ashley Jones (hypermint)
Posted at: April 9th, 2015 02:06 am (UTC)

I just finished re-reading the Dear America/ My Name is America books. I never got into American Girl. I think 'America' is much cooler.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 9th, 2015 07:07 am (UTC)

I was glad that Dear America and its spinoffs covered so many time periods and histories.

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