Re-experiencing a Childhood Favorite Series

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…

1. Baby-Sitters Club Club Podcast

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?

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  1. Fun post! I was always really into these books when I was a kid. And I also tried to start my own club. I called it Kids Express, and I think the only person who ever hired me was my aunt to watch my cousins. Ah, well. Got to start somewhere, right? šŸ™‚ I've been eyeing the graphic novels. Those look like a fun way to revisit this essential part of my childhood.

  2. I was a major BSC fan growing up, too! I always considered myself a MaryAnne but I got Mallory on the quiz, too. I think it's because we're so bookish. My daughter loved the BSC graphic novels but I cannot get her to branch past them and I'm trying not to be whiny about it. lol

    1. Yay! I think I was more of a Maryanne when I was younger – so shy! I'm much more outgoing now. Well, luckily for you (and your daughter), they're making more graphic novels. I actually read the new one last weekend (after I wrote this post), it was just as good as the rest.

  3. I was a bit old for the Babysitters Club books when I was growing up (though my daughter now adores the Graphic Novel versions). I did love series. Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew, the Bobbsey Twins, and the Famous Five. I found that the Five books didn't hold up for me as an adult, due to dated gender roles. I haven't tried the others, but it always makes me happy when I run across them somewhere.

    1. Haha. Yeah. I'm glad your daughter enjoys them. You were one of the people that mentioned them that made me really want to read the newer books. I haven't tried any other series from childhood, but it would be interesting to do.

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