Big Nate is an American comic strip written and illustrated by Lincoln Peirce and distributed by NEA since 1991. The strip revolves around eleven-year, eleven-month old Nate Wright, a radical rebel in the sixth grade, his schoolfriends and teachers, and his enemies. It also has eight spin-off novels.


"Big Nate started out as more of a 'domestic humor' strip than it is now. It was my intention to feature a lot of stories about Nate's single dad, and all the comic possibilities inherent in that. But before too long, I realized that the part of the strip that I enjoyed most was the school humor. I'd been a teacher myself, and schools can be very funny places."
―Lincoln Peirce

"Big Nate" follows the adventures and misadventures of Nate Wright, a rebellious yet spirited sixth-grader, along with his fellow classmates and teachers. He is portrayed as a boy with little interest in studies or conforming to standards, which has led him into several conflicts with his social studies teacher Mrs. Godfrey, whom he considers to be his nemesis. Strips also focus on Nate's home life and friendships with his best friends Francis and Teddy. Answering questions from fans in the Washington Post, Peirce revealed the following about the creation of the strip:

Awards and nominations

Year Novel Award Result References
2011-2012 Big Nate: In A Class By Himself Great Stone Face Book Award - Grades 4-6 Won [1][2]
2012 Big Nate: Strikes Again Colorado Children's Book Award - Junior Novel Nominated [3]
2012 Big Nate: In A Class By Himself Kentucky Bluegrass Award - Grades 3-5 Won [4]
2013 Big Nate: Goes For Broke Buckeye Children's Book Award - Grades 3-5 Nominated [5]
2013 Big Nate: In A Class By Himself Garden State Children's Book Award - Children's Fiction Won [6]
2013 Big Nate: In A Class By Himself Golden Archer Award - Intermediate Nominated [7]
2013 Big Nate: In A Class By Himself Young Reader's Choice Award - Junior/Grades 4-6 Nominated [8]
2015 Big Nate: Flips Out Golden Archer Award Nominated [9]
2017 Big Nate series Milner Award Won [10][11]


Big Nate has been running from January 7, 1991, to December 31, 2017 before going into hiatus which ended in July 16, 2018.


  • When it comes to the title of each Big Nate book, every comic collection has the word “big” lowercase while actual novels have “BIG” uppercase.
  • Almost all Big Nate books have Jeff Kinney's quote, "Big Nate is funny, big time.", on the top of the front cover.
  • "Big Nate" is named after the author's older brother, Johnathan. He realized the name had the name "Nathan" within it, and soon after, he started calling him "Big Nate".


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