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Babysitter's Club

a young adult book series by author Ann M. Martin

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These books taught me that I could do anything I dreamed of-as long as it involved babysitting.

  • Dec 17, 2008
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There's nothing like a book series devoted to the entrepreneurship of 8th graders.

I remember ripping through these books, reading the same titles over and over, and getting unreasonably excited when there was a new Babysitter's Club story in the library.  I was so adept at reading Babysitter's club books that I could recognize each girl's handwriting at will, could identify the names of every sibling of every babysitter (including Kristi's extended step-family), and I knew to skip the second chapter of every book because it always went over the whole story of how the Babysitter's Club started (it was Kristi's idea, that little minx), and I already knew that story.

They had Christmas special books, and summer special books, and all kinds of adventures.  They also had very distinct interests outside of babysitting.  Claudia had her art, Jesse had her ballet, Stacy had her fashion, Dawn had her vegetarianism, Kristi had her sports, Mallory had her horses, and Mary Ann had her boyfriend (he had a southern accent)! 

In addition to learning that young girls should not focus exclusively on their careers, but should have alternate interestes to keep them busy during their down time, I also learned how to accept diversity.  Ann M. Martin, the author of the series, made sure to mention in each book Claudia Kishi's "beautiful, almond-shaped eyes," and also made sure to explain that Jesse was "a super neat black girl."  Ann M. Martin also taught me the importance of regional stereotypes.  New York City native Stacy never went outside without a complete and up-to-date outfit, while California native Dawn ate what seemed to be only sprouts and tofu.

Of the many lessons Ann M. Martin has taught me over the years, no entrepreneurial lesson have I retained more clearly than the following: if you create one book that is popular among 6th to 8th grade girls, make sure to write that book at least two dozen more times.  Pre-teen enthusiasm is money in the bank.
The First Book of the Babysitter's Club Series

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October 25, 2009
Wow, I used to love these books! I like your analysis of learning from the diversity of the characters in these books. I dont think I paid much attention to the actual diversity (as you say) in these books when I was young, but your right...its showing its good to be your own person and to be open to different types of people.
May 22, 2009
Aww -- the Babysitter's Club! Claudia the arty Asian was my favorite! The summer special books were the best!
April 13, 2009
This awesome, all-out review of Sweet Valley High also hit the spot in terms of childhood nostalgia.
February 18, 2009
Haha, I always skipped chapter two, too! I collected these Baby-sitters Club books past the hundredth book. My mom spent a fortune on Baby-sitters Club stuff for me...
December 17, 2008
Haha, I love it. My favorite Babysitter was Stacy. she dotted her "i"s with hearts and was from NY! I was easily won over...
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review by . June 16, 2010
One Christmas I got a box set of the first four books which had just came out.  Since then, I have read almost every single one in the series.  That was about 15 years ago and I am still reading some new ones.  They are a great series for any little girl to get addicted to.       There are so many different stories and scenarios that I would always wait to see what they were going to get into next.  They became like my friends.  The different girls …
review by . August 05, 2010
I remember getting 'The Babysitter's Club book at a local book store in my home town when I was 13 years old. That day I went home and started to read the book. I didn't realize I was meeting my best friends for the next 3 years. I met Kristy, Claudia, Stacy, Mallory, Jessie, and MaryAnn that day and I still can picture what they look like. These girls became my best friends during my 'awkward' years. If I was feeling down I turned to these girls to cheer me up. I remember staying …
review by . July 15, 2010
   When i read this book I really felt like part of club. I felt really excited as learned more about everyone and how the club had ended up happening. I learned how they had despite their different backgrounds, upbringings and their current ways of living brought them so close together.   This is a very exciting book for tweens it shows them the world through their own eye's, it shows common problems how they are overcome, It shows how coming to a new neighborhood is terrifying …
review by . July 11, 2010
The Babysitter's Club series revolves around seven girls (and later nine girls) who have formed a babysitting agency.  The girls are junior high age.  Some of the issues faced in these books are: children with medical problems, divorce, remarriage, dealing with step-siblings, dealing with emergencies, first crushes, first boyfriends, and dealing with prejudices.  Ann M. Martin handles these issues great.       As the series progressed you learn more and more …
review by . June 05, 2010
   Around about the time I first discovered this book series I was helping my grandmother babysit.  With each new book you felt like you knew the girls personally. I think I even kept a few books. I will see and pass them along to my daughter who wants to babysit to earn money and see what she thinks.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
I love this series. I started reading them when I was 8 and still continue to til this day. It is a great "tween" series and perfect for a quick simple read.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
A great series for young children
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
So ashamed i read most of these - I did it for the nookie!
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
everyone remember this in fourth grade?!? lol
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
these books were fun to read as a kid
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