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Looking for a list of the best children's books about popularity?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to popularity. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about popularity.

Our list includes picture books and chapter books. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about popularity, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like A Bad Case of Stripes to popular sellers like Diary of a Wimpy Kid to some of our favorite hidden gems like The Invisible Boy.

We hope this list of kids books about popularity can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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A Bad Case of Stripes
Written & illustrated by David Shannon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In order to ensure her popularity, Camilla Cream always does what is expected, until the day arrives when she no longer recognizes herself.

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Violet the Pilot
Written & illustrated by Steve Breen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Violet is a science-loving girl inventor with a flair for the air! Fans of Ada Twist, Scientist and Rosie Revere, Engineer will love this classic underdog story by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Steve Breen.

By the time she’s two years old, Violet Van Winkle can engineer nearly any appliance in the house. And by eight she’s building elaborate flying machines from scratch—mind-boggling contraptions such as the Tubbubbler, the Bicycopter, and the Wing-a-ma-jig. The kids at school tease her, but they have no idea what she’s capable of. Maybe she could earn their respect by winning the blue ribbon in the upcoming Air Show. Or maybe something even better will happen—something involving her best-ever invention, a Boy Scout troop in peril, and even the mayor himself!

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The Invisible Boy
Written by Trudy Ludwig & illustrated by Patrice Barton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

A simple act of kindness can transform an invisible boy into a friend…

Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their group, game, or birthday party . . . until, that is, a new kid comes to class.

When Justin, the new boy, arrives, Brian is the first to make him feel welcome. And when Brian and Justin team up to work on a class project together, Brian finds a way to shine.

From esteemed author and speaker Trudy Ludwig and acclaimed illustrator Patrice Barton, this gentle story shows how small acts of kindness can help children feel included and allow them to flourish. Any parent, teacher, or counselor looking for material that sensitively addresses the needs of quieter children will find The Invisible Boy a valuable and important resource.

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Nerdy Birdy
Written by Aaron Reynolds & illustrated by Matt Davies
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Nerdy Birdy likes reading, video games, and reading about video games, which immediately disqualifies him for membership in the cool crowd. One thing is clear: being a nerdy birdy is a lonely lifestyle. When he’s at his lowest point, Nerdy Birdy meets a flock just like him. He has friends and discovers that there are far more nerdy birdies than cool birdies in the sky.

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The Cool Bean
Written by Jory John & illustrated by Pete Oswald
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

AN AMAZON BEST BOOKS OF THE MONTH (DECEMBER 2019) SELECTION!

The “too-cool-for-school” third picture book from the #1 New York Times bestselling creators of The Bad Seed and The Good Egg, Jory John and Pete Oswald

Everyone knows the cool beans. They’re sooooo cool.

And then there’s the uncool has-bean . . .

Always on the sidelines, one bean unsuccessfully tries everything he can to fit in with the crowd—until one day the cool beans show him how it’s done.

With equal measures of humor, wit, and charm, the #1 New York Times bestselling duo Jory John and Pete Oswald craft another incredible picture book, reminding us that it’s cooler to be kind.

Check out John and Oswald’s other books for children:

The Bad Seed

The Good Egg

That’s What Dinosaurs Do

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  • Chamelia and the New Kid in Class - Chamelia is a chameleon who loves to stand out in a crowd. She’s always the star of the show, especially at school. But when a new kid in class becomes the center of attention, Chamelia feels left out. Can she figure out how to beat her competition? Or will she learn to share the spotlight and make a new best friend? Join the fabulous Chamelia in this funny and charming story about friendship, school, and the true meaning of being a star!

  • Electric Boogerloo: I am Fartacus - Chub and his group of misfit friends—including some new recruits—try to track down the school’s missing mascot in the hilarious and heartwarming sequel to I Am Fartacus.

  • Dork Diaries 14, Volume 14: Tales from a Not-So-Best Friend Forever - Nikki Maxwell's summer is packed with drama in this

  • Tales from a Not-So-Popular Party Girl - Rachel Renee Russell’s sequel to <i>Dork Diaries</i> is packed with adorable art and tons of laughs. <p/>Recipe for disaster: <br> 4 parties.<br> Add 2 friends and 1 crush.<br> Divide by 1 mean girl out to RUIN Nikki.<br> Mix well, put fingers over eyes, and CRINGE! <p/>Settled in at her new school and flanked by awesome friends Chloe and Zoey, life is looking up for Nikki Maxwell, especially since her crush, Brandon, asked her to be his lab partner–a seriously awesome development. However, when Nikki overhears mean girl MacKenzie bragging that Brandon’s taking her to the Halloween dance, a bummed Nikki signs on to spend Halloween at a kids’ party with her little sister, Brianna, instead. After she finds out Mackenzie was lying and her dream of going to the party with Brandon could be a reality, Nikki has two events to juggle . . . plus plenty of other entertaining trials and tribulations along the way!

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Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Meet Nikki Maxwell! She’s starting eighth grade at a new school–and her very first diary packed with hilarious stories and art in this SUPER SQUEE updated edition of Book One of the #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling Dork Diaries series! <p/>Nikki confesses all in her first diary ever: her epic battle with her mom for an iPhone, meeting her new soon-to-be BFFs Chloe and Zoey, falling for adorably sweet crush Brandon, dealing with her zany little sister Brianna’s antics–and the immediate clashes with mean girl MacKenzie, who becomes Nikki’s rival in a schoolwide art competition. <p/>Nearly 30 million books in print worldwide!

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Miss Communication
Written by Jennifer L. Holm & illustrated by Matthew Holm
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12
Watch out, middle school! In her second foray out of graphic novels and into middle grade, Babymouse has a smartphone, and she's not afraid to use it. . . .
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Awkward
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-13

Cardinal rule #1 for surviving school: Don’t get noticed by the mean kids.<br>Cardinal rule #2 for surviving school: Seek out groups with similar interests and join them.<br>On her first day at her new school, Penelope–Peppi–Torres reminds herself of these basics. But when she trips into a quiet boy in the hall, Jaime Thompson, she’s already broken the first rule, and the mean kids start calling her the “nerder girlfriend.” How does she handle this crisis? By shoving poor Jaime and running away!<br>Falling back on rule two and surrounding herself with new friends in the art club, Peppi still can’t help feeling ashamed about the way she treated Jaime. Things are already awkward enough between the two, but to make matters worse, he’s a member of her own club’s archrivals–the science club! And when the two clubs go to war, Peppi realizes that sometimes you have to break the rules to survive middle school!

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Written & illustrated by Jeff Kinney
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Boys don’t keep diaries―or do they?

The launch of an exciting and innovatively illustrated new series narrated by an unforgettable kid every family can relate to

It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.

In book one of this debut series, Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowley’s star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend’s newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion.

Author/illustrator Jeff Kinney recalls the growing pains of school life and introduces a new kind of hero who epitomizes the challenges of being a kid. As Greg says in his diary, “Just don’t expect me to be all ‘Dear Diary’ this and ‘Dear Diary’ that.” Luckily for us, what Greg Heffley says he won’t do and what he actually does are two very different things.

Since its launch in May 2004 on Funbrain.com, the Web version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid has been viewed by 20 million unique online readers. This year, it is averaging 70,000 readers a day.

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Dirt Diary
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-14

The first book in Anna Staniszewski's award-winning YA best selling book series: The Dirt Diaries!

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  • Queen of the World! - With multiple Children’s Choice Awards and over 1.8 million books sold, kids, parents, and teachers agree that Babymouse is perfect for fans of Junie B. Jones, Ivy and Bean, Bad Kitty, and Dork Diaries! <p/>Meet Babymouse–Her dreams are big! Her imagination is wild! Her whiskers are ALWAYS a mess! In her mind, she’s Queen of the World! In real life…she’s not even Queen of the lunch table. <p/>NEW YORK TIMES bestselling, three-time Newbery Honor winning author Jennifer Holm teams up with Matthew Holm to bring you a fully illustrated graphic novel series packed with humor and kid appeal–BABYMOUSE! It’s the same thing every day for Babymouse. Where is the glamour? The excitement? The fame?!? Nothing ever changes, until…Babymouse hears about Felicia Furrypaws’s exclusive slumber party. Will Babymouse get invited? Will her best friend, Wilson, forgive her if she misses their monster movie marathon? Find out in <i>Babymouse #1: Queen of the World!</i> All new BABYMOUSE BONUS: How to Draw Babymouse & Create-Your-Own-Comic! <p/>Here’s what people are saying about Babymouse!<br><b><i><br>The Chicago Sun-Times: </i></b><br>”Move over, Superman, here comes Babymouse!” <p/><b>Starred Review, <i> The Horn Book: </i></b><br>”Nobody puts Babymouse in the corner!” <p/><b><i>Booklist: </i></b><br>”Cute, smart, sassy Babymouse is fun and funny, and this book, like its predecessors, will draw reluctant readers as well as Babymouse fans.” <p/><b><i>The Bulletin: </i></b><br>”An almost absurdly likeable heroine.” <p/><b><i>Kirkus Reviews: <br></i></b>”Emergent readers will cheer ‘Babymouse!’”

  • Stargirl - This Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year tells a story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.

  • Awesome Dog 5000 (Book 1) - Heads up, DOG MAN lovers! Watch out, readers of BAD GUYS! Robotic dog AWESOME DOG 5000 is in the neighborhood and he's. . . well, he's awesome.

  • Part of Your Nightmare - "My dear, sweet child. Go ahead. Don't be afraid?."

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Oh, Nuts!
Written by Tammi Sauer & illustrated by Dan Krall
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Chipmunks Cutesy, Blinky, and Bob want the same kind of attention people pay to other animals who live in the zoo, but when one of their plans succeeds, they see that being noticed is not always a good thing.

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Awesome!
Written & illustrated by Craig Shuttlewood
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Marvin the moose and Woody the beaver are best friends, but after a heroic deed Marvin is too popular to have time for Woody, who sets out to prove that he is awesome, too.

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