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Publication Order of The Baby-Sitters Club Books

Kristy's Great Idea (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary Anne Saves the Day (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kristy's Big Day (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Boy-Crazy Stacey (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Truth About Stacey (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ghost at Dawn's House (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Logan Likes Mary Anne! (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kristy and the Snobs (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Claudia and the New Girl (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stacey's Mistake (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Claudia and the Bad Joke (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kristy and the Walking Disaster (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jessi Ramsey, Pet-sitter (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kristy and the Mother's Day Surprise (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mallory and the Trouble with Twins (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dawn on the Coast (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kristy and the Secret of Susan (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary Anne and Too Many Boys (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jessi's Baby-sitter (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dawn and the Older Boy (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dawn's Family Feud (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary Anne and the Great Romance (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jessi's Secret Language (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Claudia and the Middle School Mystery (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary Anne vs. Logan (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jessi and the Dance School Phantom (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stacey's Emergency (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dawn and the Big Sleepover (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kristy and the Baby Parade (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary Anne Misses Logan (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Claudia and the Genius of Elm Street (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stacy's Revenge (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary Anne and the Search for Tigger (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Claudia and the Sad Good-bye (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jessi and the Superbrat (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Welcome Back, Stacey (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mallory and the Mystery Diary (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dawn's Wicked Stepsister (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dawn's Big Date (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stacey's Ex-Best Friend (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary Anne + 2 Many Babies (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kristy for President (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mallory and the Dream Horse (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jessi's Gold Medal (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dawn Saves the Planet (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maid Mary Anne (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dawn's Big Move (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jessi and the Bad Baby-sitter (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Get Well Soon, Mallory! (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hello, Mallory (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Little Miss Stoneybrook... and Dawn (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary Anne's Bad-Luck Mystery (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stacey and the Mystery of Stoneybrook (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kristy's Mystery Admirer (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Poor Mallory! (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Keep Out, Claudia! (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jessi and the Awful Secret (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kristy and the Worst Kid Ever (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Claudia's Friend (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mallory on Strike (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jessi's Wish (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Claudia and the Perfect Boy (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dawn and the We Love Kids Club (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary Anne and Miss Priss (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stacey's Lie (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dawn and Whitney, Friends Forever (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Claudia and Crazy Peaches (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary Anne Breaks the Rules (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mallory Pike, No.1 Fan (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Claudia and the Great Search (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stacey's Choice (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mallory Hates Boys (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kristy and Mr. Mom (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jessi and the Troublemaker (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stacey vs. the BSC (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dawn and the School Spirit War (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Claudia Kishi, Live From WSTO! (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary Anne and Camp BSC (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stacey and the Bad Girls (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Farewell, Dawn (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Welcome to the BSC, Abby (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Claudia and the First Thanksgiving (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mallory's Christmas Wish (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary Anne and the Memory Garden (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kristy and the Copycat (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jessi's Horrible Prank (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stacey McGill, Super Sitter (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kristy + Bart = ? (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Abby's Lucky Thirteen (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stacey's Broken Heart (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Claudia Kishi, Middle School Dropout (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Happy Holidays, Jessi (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stacey the Math Whiz (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mind Your Own Business, Kristy! (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Don't Give Up, Mallory (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary Anne to the Rescue (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Abby the Bad Sport (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stacey's Secret Friend (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kristy and the Sister War (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Claudia Makes Up Her Mind (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secret Life of Mary Anne Spier (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jessi's Big Break (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Abby and the Best Kid Ever (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Claudia and the Terrible Truth (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kristy Thomas, Dog Trainer (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stacey's Ex-Boyfriend (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary Anne and the Playground Fight (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Abby in Wonderland (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kristy in Charge (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Claudia's Big Party (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stacey McGill... Matchmaker? (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary Anne in the Middle (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary Anne's Makeover (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stacey and the Cheerleaders (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kristy and the Dirty Diapers (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Claudia and the World's Cutest Baby (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dawn and Too Many Sitters (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary Anne and the Little Princess (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Claudia, Queen of the Seventh Grade (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The All-New Mallory Pike (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Abby's Un-Valentine (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Claudia and the Little Liar (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kristy at Bat (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stacey's Movie (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fire at Mary Anne's House (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kristy's Worst Idea (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Abby's Twin (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Claudia and Mean Janine (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Summer Before (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Baby-Sitters Club Super Special Books

Baby-Sitters on Board! (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Baby-sitters' Summer Vacation (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Baby-sitters' Winter Vacation (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Babysitters' Island Adventure (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
California Girls! (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
New York, New York! (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Snowbound (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Baby-sitters at Shadow Lake (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Starring the Baby-sitters Club! (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sea City, Here We Come! (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Babysitters Remember (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aloha, Baby-sitters! (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Here Come the Bridesmaids! (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
BSC in the USA (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Baby-sitters' European Vacation (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Baby-Sitters Club Mysteries Books

Stacey and the Missing Ring (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beware, Dawn! (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kristy and the Missing Child (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mallory and the Ghost Cat (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary Anne and the Secret in the Attic (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery at Claudia's House (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jessi and the Jewel Thieves (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kristy and the Haunted Mansion (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stacey and the Mystery Money (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Claudia and the Mystery at the Museum (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dawn and the Surfer Ghost (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dawn and the Disappearing Dogs (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stacey and the Mystery at the Mall (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kristy and the Vampires (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Claudia and the Clue in the Photograph (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dawn and the Halloween Mystery (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stacey and the Mystery at the Empty House (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary Anne and the Library Mystery (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary Anne and the Zoo Mystery (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Claudia and the Recipe for Danger (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stacey and the Haunted Masquerade (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kristy and the Missing Fortune (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Abby and the Secret Society (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary Anne and the Silent Witness (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kristy and the Middle School Vandal (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dawn Schafer, Undercover Baby-sitter (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Claudia and the Lighthouse Ghost (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Abby and the Mystery Baby (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stacey and the Fashion Victim (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kristy and the Mystery Train (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary Anne and the Music Box Secret (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Claudia and the Mystery in the Painting (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stacey and the Stolen Hearts (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary Anne and the Haunted Bookstore (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Abby and the Notorious Neighbor (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kristy and the Cat Burglar (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Baby-Sitters Club Super Mystery Books

Baby-sitters' Haunted House (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Baby-Sitters Beware (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Baby-sitters' Fright Night (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Baby-sitters' Christmas Chiller (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Baby-Sitters Club Friends Forever Books

Kristy's Big News (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stacey vs. Claudia (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary Anne's Big Breakup (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Claudia and the Friendship Feud (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kristy Power! (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stacey and the Boyfriend Trap (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Claudia Gets Her Guy (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary Anne's Revenge (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kristy and the Kidnapper (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stacey's Problem (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Welcome Home, Mary Anne (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Claudia and the Disaster Date (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Baby-Sitters Club Friends Forever Super Special Books

Everything Changes (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Graduation Day (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Baby-Sitter's Club Readers Request Books

Logan Bruno, Boy Baby-Sitter (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Logan's Story (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shannon's Story (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Baby-Sitters Club Portrait Collection Books

Publication Order of Baby-Sitters Little Sister Books

Karen's Witch (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Roller Skates (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Worst Day (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Kittycat Club (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Little Sister (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Birthday (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Prize (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Haircut (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Sleepover (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Grandmothers (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Ghost (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's New Year (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Secret Diary (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's in Love (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Goldfish (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Home Run (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Good-bye (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Carnival (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's New Teacher (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Doll (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's School Picture (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's School Trip (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Pen Pal (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Ducklings (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Kittens (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Big Joke (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Pumpkin Patch (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Secret (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Surprise (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Snow Day (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Doll Hospital (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's New Friend (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Tuba (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Big Lie (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Wedding (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Newspaper (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's School (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Pizza Party (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Toothache (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Big Weekend (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Brothers (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Twin (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Baby-sitter (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Kite (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Two Families (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Stepmother (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Big Top (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Mermaid (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's School Bus (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Magician (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Little Witch (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jump Rope Rhymes Pack (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Summer Fill-In Book (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's School Mystery (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Ski Trip (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Leprechaun (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Tattletale (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's New Bike (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Movie (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Lemonade Stand (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Toys (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Monsters (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Turkey Day (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Angel (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Big Sister (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Tea Party (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Cartwheel (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Playground Games (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Grandad (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Island Adventure (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Dinosaur (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Softball Mystery (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's County Fair (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Magic Garden (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's School Surprise (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Half Birthday (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Big Fight (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Christmas Tree (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Candy (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's New Puppy (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Accident (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Secret Valentine (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Bunny (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Big Job (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Bully (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Treasure (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Telephone Trouble (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Pony Camp (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Puppet Show (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Unicorn (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Haunted House (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Pilgrim (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Sleigh Ride (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Book of Laughs (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Cooking Contest (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Snow Princess (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Promise (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Big Move (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Paper Route (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Fishing Trip (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Big City Mystery (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Book (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Chain Letter (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Black Cat (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Movie Star (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Christmas Carol (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Lucky Penny (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Ice Skates (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Pony (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Nanny (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's President (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Copycat (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Field Day (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Show and Share (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Swim Meet (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Spy Mystery (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's New Holiday (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Hurricane (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Chicken Pox (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Runaway Turkey (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Reindeer (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Mistake (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Figure Eight (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Yo-Yo (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Easter Parade (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Gift (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Cowboy (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Baby-Sitters Little Sister Super Special Books

Karen, Hannie and Nancy (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Plane Trip (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Baby (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Wish (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Campout (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Mystery (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Baby-Sitters Little Sister Graphic Novels Books

Karen's Witch (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Roller Skates (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Worst Day (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Kittycat Club (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's School Picture (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Birthday (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Haircut (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Sleepover (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Grandmothers (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

The Baby-Sitters Club books are novels for children that were published in the 80s. The books follow the exploits of a group of young girls who operate a babysitting service.

+The Story

These novels have been around since 1986. The original author wrote the first few titles. Several dozen other novels in the series have since been written by ghostwriters.

The baby-sitters club tells the story of friends Claudia, Mary Anne, Stacey, and Kristy. When a personal issue arises at home involving her brother, Kristy decides to solve it by bringing her friends together to open a babysitting service.

These books are written from the POV of the protagonist, with each book focusing on the adventures of a particular member of Kristy’s babysitting operation.

While babysitting is at the center of these books, Ann M. Martin uses the opportunity to tackle issues that affect young girls like sibling rivalry, divorce, and peer conflicts. Because of the target audiences, these books are pretty short and straightforward.

Each story is designed to deliver a particular message. It is worth noting that, while Ann M. Martin is credited with writing the original baby-sitters club series, she did not create the idea.

That credit goes to the editor of Scholastic (at the time) who came across a babysitting book that was attracting considerable interest from a wide variety of readers at the time.

The Editor contacted Martin and encouraged her to craft a story about babysitting. While Jean (the editor) did originate the baby-sitters club idea, she left it to Martin to generate to work out the details of the story, such as the makeup of the cast.

No one expected the books to become a phenomenon. There should have only ever been four titles in the series. And the author delivered them promptly. However, following their publication, Scholastic realized just how massively popular they had become.

Martin wasn’t surprised when she was asked to add two more books to the four she had already written. But she was probably surprised when those two books became twelve, and
even then Scholastic showed no signs of stopping.
And Scholastic had good reason to keep going. There are few children’s books that have garnered as much interest from young readers as the baby-sitters club.

Martin initially created for protagonists who would take center-stage as members of the baby-sitters club. Over time, the likes of Mallory, Dawn, Jessica, and Abigail came into the picture.

Ann M. Martin based the original characters on people she knew, one of whom was her childhood best friend. Because the books were originally written in the 80s and 90s, they are definitely a little dated.

Though, Scholastic took the time to update the books in 2009, adding technological aspects that didn’t exist in the years that the books were first written. However, Martin took the time to assure fans that the changes wouldn’t be too drastic.
For instance, the author refused to give her 13-year-old characters cell phones, instead focusing on eliminating the use of devices like VCRs. Martin’s goal is for the books to remain frozen in time.

Even after all the books that have been written and all the adventures that the kids have undertaken, Ann M. Martin’s characters are always 13-years-old. They will never leave middle school.

Even though Martin only wrote 35 of the original baby-sitters Club books, she had a hand in the production of the various spinoffs of the series.

The books have been commended for instilling positive ideas in female readers about the way the world works. They have also been criticized for maintaining certain stereotypes about the way boys and girls interact.


Ann M. Martin had the opportunity to see her baby-sitters Club series receive two adaptations. The most popular is the 13-episode television series that was produced in 1990.

A live-action movie adaptation was eventually produced in 1995. The family comedy-drama
which followed the personal trials of young girls as they provided babysitting services for their town of Stoneybrook was positively received.

+The Author

Ann Mathews Martin is an American author born in 1955 to a newspaper cartoonist and a pre-school teacher. Martin spent her childhood in Princeton, New Jersey. She knew she wanted to write from a very young age.

Inspired by the likes of Lewis Carroll and Astrid Lindgren, Martin was initially content to tell stories aloud to her mother who wrote them down for her. Then as she progressed through
elementary school, Martin took up the task of writing on her own.

Her desire to produce children’s fiction can probably be traced back to her love for children. The reason Martin became a teacher is that she couldn’t get enough of children.

She pursued the career for a few years, this including a stint spent helping disabled kids, before finally choosing to focus her efforts on publishing. The author started out working for publishing companies before she wrote her own novels.

Martin based many of the plots of these books on her personal childhood experiences.

The author believes that the babysitter books are popular because they feel so real. The characters in her books feel like real people and, as such, young readers can relate to them. They are able to live vicariously through the wild and diverse girls in Martin’s stories.

+Kristy’s Great Idea

When Kristy decides to open a babysitting service, she calls upon her friends to help her. The girls are happy to come on board. They all love children and they all expect to have plenty of fun.

It helps that there is a lot of money to be made from babysitting.

The girls begin to worry when crank calls start plaguing them while they work. It doesn’t help that two-year-olds are so difficult to deal with, not to mention the animals that come with the babysitting package.

Difficult as babysitting appears, though, Kristy and her friends refuse to give up.

+Claudia and the Phantom Phone calls

Of all the problems Kristy and her friends have faced since opening their babysitting service, the mysterious phone calls are the worst. Someone keeps calling the girls, but no one answers when they pick up.

It doesn’t help that Claudia thinks the jewel thief that has been plaguing the area might be the source of the calls. The girls have a mystery on their hand that they are not so sure they want to solve.

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One Response to “Baby-Sitters Club”

  1. Hiyab: 2 years ago

    Omg I love your books so much. Every time I go to library, I ask them if they have the babysitters club, so I go on YouTube to watch where they tell me I love you guys so much


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