Twenty-Two Publishers to Release Simultaneously Worldwide; Hilarious New Story Tops Phenomenal 10th Anniversary Year; Bestselling Author Jeff Kinney to Continue Global and US Tour

NEW YORK, NY, March 30, 2017—More than twenty international publishers will once again simultaneously publish and release Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Book 12 in the phenomenally successful children’s book series. An all-new original story by bestselling author Jeff Kinney, the book will go on sale in the United States and around the world on November 7, 2017. Readers won’t be able to stop laughing as they join Greg and his family on a holiday trip to remember. To escape the stress of the holidays, the Heffleys decide to get out of town and go to a resort instead of celebrating Christmas at home. But what’s billed as a stress-free vacation becomes a holiday nightmare. As the most anticipated book of the year everywhere, tens of millions of fans eagerly await this newest volume.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Book 12, originating from ABRAMS’s Amulet imprint, will go on sale for publishing houses in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France, Australia, Turkey, Greece, China, Japan, Brazil, Spain, Catalonia, Romania, Portugal, Hungary, Sweden, Latvia, Norway, Taiwan, Israel, and Korea. A new teaser image accompanies this press release.

“I’ve traveled quite a bit over the last few years, and I’ve realized there’s a ton of comedic potential in airplane travel,” says Jeff Kinney. “And when a family like the Heffleys is involved, the possibility of something going hilariously wrong multiplies.”

This new book follows the enormous international acclaim of Book 11, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down, which debuted at the top of bestseller lists around the world and was one of the top-ranked titles—children’s or adult—of the year, and it continues to be one of the bestselling titles of 2017. There are now more than 180 million copies in print of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series in print globally.

“Unbelievably, this year marks the tenth anniversary of the publication of the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book. It already promises to be a year full of riches and laughter for Wimpy Kid fans everywhere with a new theatrical film release, a brand new Wimpy Kid Movie Diary, a deluxe Cheese Touch collector’s edition of the first book and, in November, the twelfth book in the incredibly successful series,” says Michael Jacobs, president and CEO of ABRAMS. “With each new book and milestone, we are reminded that no other children’s book series has turned so many kids into readers and on to books. We, at ABRAMS and our publishing partners around the world, are thrilled to be able to bring Jeff Kinney’s new books to as many readers in as many languages as possible, at the same time.”

Kinney will continue his global tour throughout 2017. He is currently in Italy doing events, and will travel to Amatrice to do a school presentation and hear from students whose lives were impacted by the earthquake. Kinney’s international travels for Book 11, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down, were met with excitement around the globe as Kinney continued on his worldwide tour to meet and greet international readers. Working closely with publishers on more than 20 stops on three continents, Kinney was featured in major media outlets, met thousands of fans at sold-out events, and experienced local cultures.

The fourth annual Wimpy Kid Month begins April 1, 2017, and is a celebration of reading, writing, and all things Greg Heffley. Beginning with April Fools’ Day and ending with the reveal of the cover of the latest book, people everywhere will celebrate Wimpy Kid’s ability to get kids hooked on reading through events, social media, and much more. On April 27, the cover will be revealed to a live audience of Wimpy Kid fans at Carnegie Hall in New York, and through a webcast that will be presented live worldwide. It will then be available on www.youtube.com/wimpykid

On May 9, Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS, will publish an entirely original movie diary from Jeff Kinney, The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter, just in time for the release of the 20th Century Fox film Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. Three movies based on the book series have grossed more than $225 million.

Jeff Kinney’s work has been widely praised for its ability to turn reluctant readers on to books. Published in 2007, the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book was an instant bestseller, and just a year later, more than 100,000 copies were in print in the United States alone. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is a fixture on the USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and IndieBound bestseller lists. The books have remained on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 500 weeks total, and for more than 414 weeks on the series list. The series has won 6 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, and Jeff Kinney won a Children’s Choice Book Award in 2012 and 2013. Books in the series have won numerous awards voted on by students and teachers around the globe.   Wimpy Kid books have been sold in more than 63 editions in 53 languages and appear on bestseller lists around the world. There are now more than 180 million books in the series in print.