The Babysitters Club is BACK!

I promised I wouldn’t blog this week. But how can I ignore the return of The Babysitters Club series?! (New York Times, thank you for reporting news that matters.)

I grew up reading these books. I was that geeky, speed-reading tween who carried a book everywhere just in case I had time to get in a few pages. And more often than not, the book I was reading was from The Babysitters Club. That series is one of the reasons I’m a good writer.

The books were such a large part of my childhood that I saved them for my own kids. That’s right, as a teenager I stored them in boxes in my attic, knowing I’d want to share them with my daughters decades down the road. But now my kids won’t have to read the dusty, old-school versions, because Scholastic is releasing updated copies! (That saves me from having to explain terms like “perm” and “cassette player.”)

This is epic. I’m so going to read the prequel. Wait, did I forget that? A new prequel written by the original author, Ann Martin, will be released, too!

Like I said, epic.

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6 Responses

  1. I heard about this too!
    I loved those books.
    We have quite a collection of a mystery series similar to Nancy Drew called Trixie Belden that I want to share with my niece someday but I do wonder how it will work being so dated–

    I started watching the movie version of The Bridge to Terabitha – only about 30 minutes in but looks like they kept the character traits of everyone but just updated stuff like cell phone etc

    🙂

  2. YES! I loved the Baby-Sitters Club, too. So excited about this! Thanks for linking to the NYT article on Twitter – that’s how I heard the news. 🙂 Happy New Year to you!

  3. I just read about this today, and I am so excited! Weird timing – I hadn’t thought about these in forever, and over Christmas I found my entire collection in the depths of my parents’ barn. These books were pretty much what got me hooked on reading and wanting to write one day. Oh, and since the first fifteen in my collection had some water damage, it’s pretty nice that they’re releasing new versions.

    Glad to know I wasn’t the only geeky speed-reading tween who carried these books everywhere and saved them for her future children in dusty boxes!

  4. I missed this series – guess I’m a little (okay, a lot) too old – but I like your enthusiasm.

    Happy New Year.

  5. I’m glad you’re happy about this. I grew up with Nancy Drew translated into French. Her name was Alice.
    Enjoy! I’ll be back again…

  6. My daughter Kate read ALL those books too, and as you know there were a kaboodle of them! She even met Ann M. Martin at a book signing once. We didn’t save hers for future generations, though, but we did save so many of her favorite childhood books I can’t wait to see them all again when a grandchild comes into the picture! (I’m not hurrying you, Kate!)

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