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Big Nate Books in Order: How to Read Lincoln Peirce’s series?

Big Nate Books in Order: How to Read Lincoln Peirce’s series?
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Meet BIG NATE, P.S. 38’s coolest doodler and definitely NOT the teacher’s pet.

Who is Big Nate?

Big Nate is about a spunky eleven-year-old named Nate Wright who holds the school record for detentions and is in little chance of losing that distinction, but that doesn’t stop him from dreaming big! He’s a self-described genius, a sixth-grade renaissance man, and a full-fledged believer in his future as a cartoonist.

Big Nate is an American comic strip written and illustrated by Lincoln Peirce that is syndicated since January 7, 1991. Its success is so massive that it became a real media franchise with multiple series of children’s books, but also with an animated television series, and a stage musical adaptation.

This article is about the Big Nate books. If you’re looking for a list of all the Big Nate comic books, follow this link. And if you like the Big Nate books, you may also want to see our Diary of a Wimpy Kid reading order or our guide to Dav Pilkey’s series

Big Nate Books in Order:


  1. Big Nate: In a Class by Himself – Nate knows he’s meant for big things. REALLY big things. But things don’t always go your way just because you’re awesome. Nate barely survives his dad’s toxic oatmeal before rushing off to school—minus his lunch. He body-slams the no-nonsense principal. He accidentally insults his least favorite teacher, the horrifying Mrs. Godfrey (aka Godzilla). And school has barely started!
  2. Big Nate: Strikes Again – BIG NATE will surpass all others! But it won’t be easy. He’s stuck with Gina, his all-time enemy, in a class project for his least favorite teacher Mrs. Godfrey, aka Godzilla. To make matters worse, Gina ALSO ends up on his fleeceball team, right when Nate is set to win his first fleeceball championship ever. This is his moment for glory, but Gina’s sure to steal his thunder, or ruin everything. Will Nate win or lose? Pass or fail? Or end up in detention . . . AGAIN?
  3. Big Nate: On a Roll – Nate’s a big deal in his scout troop . . . until Artur—aka Mr. Perfect—joins. Now Nate’s stuck in second place. And Artur means business. Will Nate take the grand prize? Or wipe out, big time?


  1. Big Nate: Goes for Broke – This time, Nate and his friends are in the Ultimate Snowdown—a wintry snow-sculpture competition against the bullies from Jefferson Middle School, who beat P.S. 38 at EVERYTHING! But as the rivalry between P.S. 38 and Jefferson Middle School escalates, will Nate be able to save the day? And finally, win against his biggest rivals?
  2. Big Nate: Flips Out – Everyone knows N-A-T-E does not equal N-E-A-T! And when Nate’s sloppiness gets out of hand, his best friend, Francis, is in serious trouble. Can Nate clean up his act, or will he flip out first?
  3. Big Nate: In the Zone – Nate’s not having the best of luck . . . in fact; he’s not having ANY luck. But with a little boost thanks to Chad’s lucky foot, suddenly good luck is everywhere Nate turns! Nate’s in the zone! But how long will it last?


  1. Big Nate: Lives It Up – Principal Nichols wants Nate to be buddies with new kid Breckenridge Puffington III and show him around. But that’s no easy task when Breckenridge is a plant-doodling total fun-sponge. There’s also something strangely familiar about this guy. . . . What in the world could it be? 
  2. Big Nate: Blasts Off – Nate has a crush on Ruby. But after his scrap with Randy Betancourt makes headlines in the Weekly Bugle, he’s got a problem WAY worse than detention! Can Nate bounce back? And will the annual Mud Bowl be a blast . . . or a bust?

Big Nate’s Activity books

These Big Nate activity books are bursting with exclusive activities. Includes mazes, sudoku, crossword puzzles, doodle games, comics, secret codes, and much more!



Little Big Nate’s Board books

Here comes a younger version of the adventurous, mischievous, wildly popular Nate!


  • Little Big Nate Draws a Blank – When Little Big Nate gets a new pack of crayons, his illustrations really come to life! In this delightful board book, Little Big Nate’s imagination and love of drawing will inspire even the youngest readers to express themselves through artwork. 
  • Little Big Nate: No Nap! – Big Nate doesn’t want to take a nap. But once he does drift off to sleep, he’s delighted to find his imagination can take him to some fascinating places.

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