Rachel Renee Russell: Up Close With the Author of the Dork Diaries

Everything you need to know about this attorney-turned-author.
By Amy Mascott



Rachel Renee Russell: Up Close With the Author of the Dork Diaries

Ever since she stumbled upon the Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell, my daughter has been hooked.  

The books are similar to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series in that they're written diary-style with font that looks like handwriting, along with doodles, drawings, and cool text features. The Dork Diaries series opens up tons of relevant and meaningful discussion with tweens, which is one of the things I really appreciate about the books. Chatting with your child about the book can lead to conversations about trust, friendship, and what's really important in life. 


I did what I could to gather cool facts and information about the author behind this series, Rachel Renee Russell, because I knew that the more readers learn about her, the more intrigued they'd become. 


Who is this superstar author?  Let's have your Dork Diaries fan do the research.   Remember to print out the Author Hunt sheet to keep his or her learning a bit more focused. 


Name: Rachel Renee Russell
Born: Mach 13, 1959

Grew up: in Saint Joseph, Michigan

Current home: northern Virginia

Some of her books: (for grades 4-7)

How to Dork Your Diary

Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life

Tales from a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess

and more!


Fun facts about Rachel Renee Russell: 

Rachel Renee Russell is the oldest of five children. She has two younger sisters and two younger twin brothers. 

She wrote her first book in 6th grade as a birthday gift for her brothers.

She is an attorney.

She has two daughters. Her youngest daughter helps her with the illustrations in the Dork Diaries. 

Rachel Renee Russell hopes to adopt more children.  


Interview with Rachel Renee Russell: 



Official author website:  http://www.dorkdiaries.com/


Official author Twitter page: https://twitter.com/DorkDiaries


Official author Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DorkDiariesFan


Check out this other cool site: Dork Diaries music


Happy reading and learning about Rachel Renee Russell!


This post is part of a mini-series over here, a "get to know the authors" series.  I'm hoping that it helps to give parents that extra push they need to support their kids' enjoyment of reading and help their children get to know the authors they are growing to love. 


The posts include links to sites, resources, and pages about the author and we've even got a little sheet for kids that you can print out and have them complete during their "author hunt." 


Download the sheet here.


And check out previous posts in the series: 

Mary Pope Osborne

Rick Riordan


How do you get your children or students to feel connected to the authors they read? 


Share your thoughts on the Scholastic Parents Facebook page, or find Amy on Twitter, @teachmama, and let's continue the conversation!



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