Return of the Baby-sitters Club


According to this piece in today’s New York Times,  Scholastic plans to reissue repackaged and revised versions of the first two books in the successful Baby-sitters Club series this April.

A prequel called The Summer Before, penned by Ann M. Martin, the original author of The Baby-Sitters Club books, is also slated for publication.

I was one of many preteens who eagerly followed the baby-sitting adventures of Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia and Stacey in the early 90s. I even owned The Baby-Sitters Club board game.  I amassed quite of a collection of BSC books, and was devastated when I returned home from university one summer to discover that my parents had donated the whole lot of them to Goodwill.

I’m delighted that they will be making a comeback, and I’m not alone.  According to David Levithan, editorial director at Scholastic,  “This whole generation of girls who had grown up reading The Baby-Sitters Club were now teachers, librarians or mothers…And at any opportunity they had, they let us know they wanted them back. We couldn’t go to a convention without having women come up to us and say, ‘You’ve got to bring these books back.’”

Levithan goes on to say that while the books will be aimed at a slightly younger age group than it was originally (7-10 rather than 8-12), “some likely readers are older fans, many of them now in their 20s and 30s, who recall the series fondly if not with rabid passion.”

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Posted on December 31, 2009, in by Erin and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Urg! I would hate if I left one day and came back home to find out that my mom had given all my baby sitters books away!!!
    I am trying to collect all the books in the series now grandma and it is very fun they are my favorite! I am really sad though cause when I finish reading one I look at the back and it says stuff like “get your baby sitters tee-shirt!” and then I look a little down and they write “offer ends April 1995”
    and I am like hey? that’s not fair ! I couldn’t even crawl then!!
    It’s disappointing but I like reading the books so whatcha gonna do right?

    but I do wish that they still sold those types of things on the market still, I would surely purchase them!

    Hey I like your blog (:

    ~Gabbie

  2. My mom sold mine too! If I would’ve known they were going to redesign the covers I would’ve fought harder to keep some of them. I love the old covers.

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