I loved The Baby-Sitters Club books when I was growing up. They were the first series I got into as a kid – probably around 3rd grade. I remember making “kid kits” with my sister and our best friend. We even tried to start our own babysitting club, but we were only 9 or 10, so of course no one hired us.
Recently, I re-experienced the joy of this series in three ways…
On episode 51 of the What Should I Read Next? podcast, Anne hosted Jack Shepherd and Tanner Greenring, the creators of the Baby-Sitters Club Club podcast. After listening to them discuss their show, I had to check it out. I listened to the first 4 or 5 episodes and found the show hilarious.
For each episode, they read one of the books from the series. One of the guys grew up reading the books when he visited his cousin. The other had never read them before. The guys discuss the details of each book and share their crazy theories and thoughts on the plot and characters. It’s a lot of fun.
2. Graphic Novels
After hearing a few other bloggers talk about their kids reading The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels, I had to check them out. My son loves graphic novels, but I didn’t really think he’d be interested in reading these books, so I got them from the library and read them on my own.
These books adapted very well to graphic novel style since there was so much dialog in them to begin with. As far as I can remember, the content of the books was the same as the originals. The character’s personalities came across really well also, i.e. Maryanne looking down shyly, Claudia’s make up obsession, Stacey’s behavior with Kristy’s brothers. I loved them!
The first four books from the series were made into graphic novels back in 2006-2008 by Raina Telgemeier, so I binged on those. And now the 5th book, by Gale Galligan, just came out on September 26th. I need to get that one ASAP.
3. Which Baby-Sitter Are You? Quiz
Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books wrote a Top Ten Tuesday post recently with book recommendations for each baby-sitter, and she included a link to Buzz Feed “Which Baby-Sitter Are You?” quiz. I got Mallory, which was a little surprising because I’ve always considered myself either a Maryanne (the younger me was SO shy) or Kristy (the older me is SO controlling).
What was your favorite book or series growing up? Have you gone back and read it/them as an adult?