When I was a kid, my library used to have these reading contests every summer. We would have to keep a tally of the books we read and at each different level (determined by the library), we would get a prize. Is it surprising I won almost every year for most books read? (ha) One of my favorite parts of this was picking out all the Baby-Sitters Club books my library had. That series was one of my favorites and I can honestly say it shaped my childhood. I always wanted to be as cool and grownup as these gals who were smart enough to start their own club. THEY ALWAYS SEEMED SO OLD TO ME. In fact, I was quite disappointed when I turned 13 and I felt like I was never going to catch up to their level.
After my mom gave away MY ENTIRE COLLECTION (I can’t even talk about this), I started recollecting last year. Boxes and boxes of books arriving from eBay and I’m pretty much back to where I was. (Although, now I’m moving so I’m going to have to get rid of a bunch of them… sadface.) Because of the Baby-Sitters Club reminds me so much of the summer, I wanted to list a few of my favorites and hear about yours! (Here’s the complete list to refresh your memory.)
And most importantly, what baby-sitter was your favorite? (At a recent book event, I was SHOCKED to find out someone didn’t remember who Dawn was. What?!)
Kristy’s Big Day: Kristy was never my favorite baby-sitter even if she started the club. But when I started rereading the series I really fell for this book. Kristy’s mom is getting married, their moving across town to the “rich” side of the neighborhood, and Kristy is gaining step-siblings. I love weddings but I think this book was pretty on par with all the changes going on in Kristy’s life. Plus the baby-sitters get the job of a lifetime. (They have patience I do not possess.)
Boy-Crazy Stacey: Sea City, New Jersey anyone? This is the book where Mary Anne and Stacey are hired as mother’s helpers for the Pikes — the family with a billion kids? Stacey falls for a lifeguard and gets a little distracted on the job. This is one of my FAVORITES especially because I always pictured our time at the shore when reading it. (Except as the mature lady I am now, Stacey acted sort of like an idiot… just saying.)
Dawn on the Coast: I’m a cheating a bit with this one but Dawn goes to visit her dad and brother in California during spring break. They go to Disneyland and she gets to see her friends for the first time since moving to Connecticut. I remember always going straight to this book when I wanted to read something familiar. I actually used some of the pages for our table numbers at our wedding. Plus the cover just screams summer to me.
Mary Anne’s Makeover: Now this one has nothing to do with summer, but instead, starting fresh. Mary Anne must have been tired of being the quiet one, the overprotected one. This is a book where she is finally allowed to come out of her shell a little bit and embrace a whole new look. I always loved the cover of this book. Mary Anne was a cool girl (with or without the makeover) but a lot of the times they played it too safe with her. Plus I think this book in particular showed just how much her relationship with her dad has grown (especially compared to the earlier novels).
Here Come the Bridesmaids: A Super Special! Those were always awesome because it meant more time with the Baby-sitters! (I am such a geek.) I’m cheating AGAIN with this one because it’s actually December and some of the sitters are headed to California for Dawn’s dad’s wedding and a few others are helping out with Mrs. Barrett’s wedding. (Remember her from Dawn & the Impossible 3? She’s a single mom who is pretty scatterbrained and relies heavily on Dawn during that book.) What can I say? I love the California books. I’m pretty certain the BSC is why I always wanted to visit.
To fulfill the throwback, who remembers this?!
P.S. Do we feel old yet?