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The Baby-sitters Club is Back! (& Holiday Shopping List)

When I was a kid, I was a pretty big reader. My dad was constantly reading newspapers and my mom was always taking me to the library to pick out books, as well as taking out piles of her own. One Christmas, when I was in second grade, Santa brought me a boxed set of […]

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December 9, 2012 - 1:14 am

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (12/9/2012) - […] Themed Gift Pack Review: Kissing Snowflakes by Abby Sher weVerb4: New Experiences for Magan in 2012 The Baby-Sitters Club is Back Review: Where You Are by J.H. Trumble (one of my favorite reads from the […]

December 5, 2012 - 4:38 pm

Jen - I loved loved loved this series. For my birthday one year, my mom let me skip school and we went and had two of my BSC books signed by Ann M. Martin. My younger sister got her copy of the Little Sister series signed….how apropos. I’d love to re-read these!

December 4, 2012 - 1:54 pm

Cynthia - Can you believe that I’ve never read this series? I know shame on me! I wish I would’ve been more of a reading during my middle school years, I really didn’t get into it until I was in high school. I wonder if my daughter would like these books though, she’s not a book lover like me but maybe she would be able to get into these. I think I’ll try it anyways! =)

December 4, 2012 - 1:45 pm

Alexa Y. - I loved The Baby-Sitters Club! Reading your post made me extremely nostalgic for my own collection. I remember that I used to be very excited whenever I went to a bookstore, just because it gave me the opportunity to buy a new book from the series! I’m happy they’re releasing it in eBook – and that the covers are the same as the originals.

December 4, 2012 - 12:51 am

Brie @ Eat Books - This post makes me want to re-read the entire series. Like right now! I wish I still had all my BSC books from childhood 🙁 I still keep an eye out for original covers when I’m at thrift stores, but I’ve yet to come across any of the first few in the series (it’s always higher numbers in the series, and I want the first few!). Like, you, I liked all the BSC members. I think that’s why I loved them so much – you could find a little of yourself in all of them, which made the series so amazing and relatable. And desperately made me want to be a part of their club. I loved the movie too! Aw, now I feel all warm and fuzzy inside! 🙂

December 4, 2012 - 12:10 am

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - I love this post so much, Estelle! BSC4LIFE. I loved Claudia and Stacey but I was probably more Kristy/Mary Anne. Haha. Do you remember the BSC videos from book order?? I must track them down.

December 3, 2012 - 10:22 pm

elena - eee I love this post! I totally know what you mean about growing up but having the characters still feel older even though they’re technically younger. I remember reading the California Diaries but not much about them, haha. I used to devour these books! I think I would be a Claudia. 😉

December 3, 2012 - 9:31 pm

Tara - This is one of my favorite childhood series EVER! I named my dog Claudia after the BSC character (even though Mary Anne was my favorite). I still have all of these books at my mom’s house, right next to my collections of The Little Baby-Sitters Club books and Goosebumps 🙂

December 3, 2012 - 7:55 pm

Emma @ Hopeful Happiness - LOVED the BSC! I was bummed when I reached their age and wasn’t nearly as awesome as they were. I had not heard of the California Diaries before. I may just ahve to check them out! In addition to all of the books I also had the BSC board game. My sister and I spent hours playing and tried to play it again a little while ago only to find it was not nearly as fun as it was when we were little.

December 3, 2012 - 1:05 pm

Kristin - Thank you for celebrating this wonderful series. It was a favorite of mine growing up and one I re-read over and over.

December 3, 2012 - 12:35 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Oooo, I love that bracelet! I am a sucker for rose gold anything.

Estelle: Sweet Summertime Reads – Retro Throwback

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 […]

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December 20, 2012 - 9:04 am

Estelle: 2012 End of the Year Survey (Yay!) - […] Honestly, I enjoy any time I can reminisce with other readers about books from childhood like The Baby-Sitters Club. Nice to know people loved those gals as much as I […]

June 18, 2012 - 3:48 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I swear, if we had gone to the same schools or lived in the same place, we would definitely have been friends. I LOVED the BSC series! I still have most of the books, and though I haven’t reread them in a while, they will always have a place in my heart. Stacey was always my favorite, but I identified most with Mary Anne!

June 16, 2012 - 8:02 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: A Round Up - […] RBR: Our Local Bookstores 6/3: RBR – Fall in Love with Melissa C. Walker 6/4: RBR – Retro Throwback 6/5: GReads – Tune In Tuesday! > BRB – Tune in Tuesday! 6/6: RBR – […]

June 15, 2012 - 2:35 pm

Melly - How I LOVE these books! My favorite sitter changes constantly, though it’s usually between Krista and Claudia. I have read and own all but the Chain Letter book. Sadly I am still missing some of the spin-off series (Little Sister, California Diaries, and the like). I still obsess over this series and am so glad that they are republishing them!

June 10, 2012 - 5:35 pm

Shelve It: 6/10/2012 - […] Keplinger: Magan reviews Kody’s latest. SSR: Tune in Tuesday: Our summer listening picks! SSR: Retro Throwback: BSC anyone? Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker – perfect book for the […]

June 10, 2012 - 3:59 pm

Estelle - Andrea, Dawn’s house was the one with the secret passageways and I always loved that detail too! I wonder if your library would carry them. They recently republished a few of them and “updated” them (cell phones, DVDs, etc.) so I bet you could grab a few of those! Thanks for stopping in!

June 10, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Estelle - G, I think Mary Anne & Claudia are the perfect combo of favorite characters. Loyal friend and creative thinker. 🙂 Ditto on the TV show. They need to put those on DVD.

June 10, 2012 - 3:01 pm

Estelle - ha Morgan! I wrote about Babysitters on Board on This Happy Place so I didn’t want to double up. YES. I loved that show too. I watched it all the time. I really want to write something about it soon… hmm… 🙂

June 10, 2012 - 2:59 pm

Estelle - Well, I was actually pretty old when she gave them away so it’s quite understandable even if it is sad.

You should definitely check out the books. I wonder if they ever visited London in the books… they did a lot of traveling! Have fun!

June 10, 2012 - 2:56 pm

Estelle - Abby! That was a character we didn’t get to know well enough. I do remember how cool her curly hair looked on the covers though. Yay for a Dawn girl. There is so much to love about this series, isn’t there?

June 10, 2012 - 2:55 pm

Estelle - Elena, have you tried the California Diaries series? I absolutely loved it.

June 10, 2012 - 2:51 pm

Estelle - Roxanne, you hated Dawn?! I can no longer speak to you. Just kidding. I guess I can deal. haha. I actually wrote a report about Claudia & the Sad Goodbye in elementary school. Mimi was a great character. Yes, you are right about the camp one. I haven’t read that in forever. Perhaps I’ll have to pick it up soon. I do like the cover of that one.

haha! Good for you for doing the baby-sitting!

June 10, 2012 - 12:29 pm

Estelle - M, EATEN BY INSECTS? that’s the saddest thing ever. 🙁 You should try to recollect a few of our favorites to keep!

June 10, 2012 - 12:28 pm

Estelle - Anna, totally going to have this lengthy convo in person someday! xo

June 10, 2012 - 12:28 pm

Estelle - Sharon, I totally met the actresses from the movie and saw it when it came out. And then watched it many times after it. I remember really liking the music a lot. Thanks for your enthusiasm! It’s amazing to see how much people still love BSC even after the series ended so many years ago. That means something. Claudia was also another one of my favorites. She was very artsy and I always loved to hear about her wild outfits.

June 10, 2012 - 12:22 pm

Estelle - Stacey was just the coolest. I always wanted to be like her. Thx for stopping by Brittani!

June 10, 2012 - 12:18 pm

Estelle - Liz, I’m not sure if I ever read the one with the fire. I’ll have to check if I have it. I was never much into the the Little Sister books… I just missed the girls too much. haha. Thx for commenting!

June 6, 2012 - 9:43 pm

Liz - Love this post! I have been trying to track down my BSC collection, but sadly it looks like my parents may have ditched it too. I want to find some good deals on rebuilding it.

I remember the summer I read The Fire at Mary Anne’s House, I was terrified every night that my house was going to burn down. I loved this series so much, as well as Baby Sitter’s Little Sister. Oh, the memories.

June 6, 2012 - 6:22 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - BSC!!! Oh yes. I remember stealing my sister’s copies from her closet when she wasn’t looking. And of course I remember Dawn!!!

June 5, 2012 - 1:54 pm

Brittani - OMG! I loved reading BSC when I was younger! It was one of my fave series!!! I couldn’t get enough of them! My favorite was Stacey!

June 5, 2012 - 9:02 am

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Oh, BSC! I absolutely adored those books when I was younger! I read the one about their trip to NYC about fifteen times. Claudia was always my favorite.

Haha! Wow, the movie. I rented it from Blockbuster once. I remember liking it, but thinking it totally wasn’t nearly as good as the books.

Random bit of information: I was watching an episode of Jeopardy once when I was 11 or 12. The Final Jeopardy question was: “What popular series started with Kristy’s Great Idea.” I was all, “OH! OH! THE BABYSITTER’S CLUB SERIES BY ANN M. MARTIN.” And NO ONE on the show got it right. I was so proud of myself, LOL. But also completely taken aback that not one of the three on the show knew it.

June 5, 2012 - 6:26 am

Anna - Not that you asked, BUT…if i had to be someone I’d totally be Stacey. I could get into a lengthy discussion of the merits of each girl, but I shall refrain. Ahahaha!

June 4, 2012 - 8:04 pm

VeganYANerds - Loving this post, Estelle! I had all The Babysitters books as well as The Little Sister books too. I think some of mine were given away (grr!) and the rest are looking really old and sad and possibly eaten by insects, so sad.

The video makes me want to watch the movie again!

June 4, 2012 - 6:20 pm

Roxanne - Claudia & Stacey were always my favorites. I couldn’t stand Dawn! I remember the Babysitters On Board book which is what convinced me to go on the Haunted Mansion the first time when I was 11! Even to this day, the part of the Hitch-hiking ghost makes me think of that book. One of my favorite books was Claudia & The Sad Good-bye, where Mimi dies. I don’t know how many time I’ve read that book. 2nd favorite was the Super Special where the girls go to camp (#2, I think?).

Loved that series & always played it with friends. I also became my town’s most active babysitter! :o)

June 4, 2012 - 2:49 pm

Katie @ Blook Girl - Wow. This brings back memories. I was just thinking of The BSB the other day, as I was telling Nick that I had ALL of the books still. My mom was sweet enough to order the whole collection, which arrived 3-4 books at a time every 3 months for a couple of years. I will always adore my mom for doing that 🙂

I think my favorite girl was actually Abby/Abbie, who wasn’t introduced until later in the series. Before her, I’d have to say that Stacey and Dawn were my favorites. And oh! Logan! That boy was dreamy 😉

I remember the movie almost word-for-word, including that crazy-cool song the girls made up for Claudia when she had to pass that biology test: “… and into the cerebellum – the brain, the brain – the center of the chain!” Ahahaha! (And boy, wasn’t that Cokie a little witch?)

Thanks for the memories, ladies <3

June 4, 2012 - 2:35 pm

elena - GUUURL I AM ALL OVER THIS! Ahh I am so sorry about your BSC collection being given away. I bought a box of books from Half Price Books awhile ago and it had a good portion of BSC. However, I think it was the spin off with the lil sis which is not NEARLY as great. Claudia Kishi was my favourite! She was always stylin’. Such a good post!

June 4, 2012 - 1:34 pm

ComaCalm - She gave your books away? That’s ridiculous! My partner had the same problem. I don’t see why you shouldn’t be able to keep your books if you’re still reading them but I supposed I grew up in a more relaxed household!

I haven’t actually read any of these books, with a perfectly plausable explanation – I’m English! I am going to see if I can get the first book though, to see if I like it. 😀

ComaCalm’s Corner =^.^=

June 4, 2012 - 1:33 pm

Morgan - What, no love for Baby-sitters on Board?! They went to Disney World!! My favorite baby-sitter was Dawn, although in retrospect I don’t know why because we’re nothing alike. Maybe because she was from California? I still have a special spot in my heart for the direct-to-video series they used to show on The Disney Channel.

June 4, 2012 - 11:52 am

Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase - I loved The Baby-Sitter’s Club when I was a preteen! That and Sweet Valley Twins. I didn’t read Sweet Valley High back then, but last year, my friend and I wanted to read Sweet Valley Confidential, but we wanted to read Sweet Valley High books first. So I got on eBay and found 32 books for like $36. I read about half of them last year. I think they’re great for nostalgia’s sake but most of the books just really aren’t that high on content. But I’m determined to read all of the ones I bought! Hmm, maybe I could turn it into some kind of flashback feature… 😉

But I’d like to reread some of the BSC books someday! Maybe my library will actually have some copies so I won’t have to buy them! I don’t really remember my favorite books, but I do remember loving Mary Anne and Claudia, and I remember loving how some house (I think it was Dawn’s house?) had secret passageways. I always wanted to live in a house with secret passageways!!! 😉

June 4, 2012 - 11:45 am

Ghenet Myrthil - I was obsessed with The Babysitter’s Club. OBSESSED. My faves were probably Claudia and Mary Anne.

I had the the movie on VHS and watched it so many times! I also loved the TV show on the Disney Channel. 🙂