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.”