The first installment of Ann M. Martin's beloved The Baby-Sitter's Club
series was published in 1986. Fourteen years and 213 books later, the series came to an end. Or so Ann thought.
In 2009, Scholastic announced that it was reissuing the series—with brand-new, updated covers—and publishing original prequel, after the demand from now-grown fans became deafening. Mothers wanted to read the books to their daughters, teachers to their students. In a world of Gossip Girls
, The Baby-Sitter's Club
could provide young girls with positive role models, characters their parents would be pleased for them to emulate. So Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia and Stacey are back. Whether you think of them as old friends or a baffling phenomenon, you'd do well to introduce them to your kids—just don't be surprised when they're dressing up as Claudia and demanding return trips to the library.
Author Ann M. Martin opened up to Oprah.com about the lessons she hopes to teach kids and why the books still hold up two decades later.
Printed from Oprah.com on Sunday, December 8, 2013
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