Ann M. Martin

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Ann Matthews Martin
Born (1955-08-12) August 12, 1955 (age 58)
Occupation Author
Language English
Nationality American
Alma mater Smith College
Genres Children's and Young-adult fiction
Notable work(s) The Baby-sitters Club series
Notable award(s) John Newbery Medal

Ann Matthews Martin (born August 12, 1955) is an American children's author.

Ann Martin grew up in Princeton, New Jersey with her parents and her younger sister, Jane. After graduating from Smith College, Martin became a teacher and then an editor of children's books; she is now a full-time writer. Martin finds the ideas for her books from many different sources; some are based on personal experiences, while others are based on childhood memories and feelings. Many are about contemporary problems or events. All of Ann's characters, including the members of The Baby-Sitters Club, are fictional, but many of her characters are based on real people. Sometimes Ann names her characters after people she knows, and other times she simply chooses names that she likes.[1]

Martin has always enjoyed writing. Even before she was old enough to write, she would dictate stories to her mother to write down for her. Some of her favorite authors at that time were Lewis Carroll, P. L. Travers, Hugh Lofting, Astrid Lindgren, and Roald Dahl. They inspired her to become a writer herself.[citation needed]

After Martin wrote the first 35 novels in The Baby-Sitters Club series[2] she has since concentrated on writing single novels, many of which are set in the 1960s. One of those novels, A Corner of the Universe, won a Newbery Honor in 2003.[3] In 2010, Martin published a prequel to The Baby-Sitters Club series titled The Summer Before.[4][5]

After living in New York City for many years, Martin moved to the Hudson Valley in upstate New York where she now lives with her dog, Sadie, and her cats, Gussie, Willie, and Woody. Her hobbies include needlepoint, fostering cats, and gardening. Her favorite thing to do is to make clothes for children.[citation needed] According to the biographical blurb in the back of The Baby-Sitters Club novels, she likes ice cream, her favorite TV show is I Love Lucy, and she hates to cook.[verification needed]



Novels and Sequels


Main article: The Baby-sitters Club
    1. Kristy`s Great Idea
    2. Claudia And The Phantom Phone Calls
    3. The Truth About Stacey
    4. Mary Ann Saves The Day
    5. Dawn And The Impossible Three
    6. Claudia And Mean Janine
    7. Boy-Crazy Stacey
    8. The Ghost At Dawns House
    9. Logan Likes Mary Ann
    10. Kristy And The Snobs
    11. Claudia And The New Girl
    12. Good Bye Stacey, Good Bye
    13. Hello, Mallory
    14. Little Miss Stoneybrook... And Dawn
    15. Jessi's Secret Language
    16. Mary Ann's Bad-Luck Mystery
    17. Stacey's Mistake
    18. Claudia And The Bad Joke
    19. Kristy And The Walking Disaster
    20. Mallory And The Trouble With Twins
    21. Jessi Ramsey, Pet-Sitter
    22. Dawn On The Coast
    23. Kristy and the Mother's Day Surprise
    24. Mary Anne and the Search for Tigger
    25. Claudia and the Sad Good-bye
    26. Jessi and the Superbrat
    27. Welcome Back, Stacey!
    28. Mallory and the Mystery Diary
    29. Mary Anne and the Great Romance
    30. Dawn's Wicked Stepsister
    31. Kristy and the Secret of Susan
    32. Claudia and the Great Search
    33. Mary Anne and Too Many Boys
    34. Stacey and the Mystery of Stoneybrook
    • The Summer Before
  • The Kids in Ms. Colman's Class series (1995–1998)
    1. Teacher's Pet (1995)
    2. Author Day (1996)
    3. Class Play (1996)
    4. Second Grade Baby (1996)
    5. The Snow War (1997)
    6. Twin Trouble (1997)
    7. Science Fair (1997)
    8. Summer School (1997)
    9. Halloween Parade (1997)
    10. Holiday Time (1997)
    11. Spelling Bee (1998)
    12. Baby Animal Zoo (1998)
  • California Diaries series (1997–2000)
Main article: California Diaries
    1. Dawn (1997)
    2. Sunny (1997)
    3. Maggie (1997)
    4. Amalia (1997)
    5. Ducky (1998)
    6. Sunny, Diary Two (1998)
    7. Dawn, Diary Two (1998)
    8. Maggie, Diary Two (1998)
    9. Amalia, Diary Two (1998)
    10. Ducky, Diary Two (1998)
    11. Dawn, Diary Three (1999)
    12. Sunny, Diary Three (1999)
    13. Maggie, Diary Three (1999)
    14. Amalia, Diary Three (2000)
    15. Ducky, Diary Three (2000)

Picture Books

  • Rachel Parker, Kindergarten Showoff (1992) with illustrations by Nancy Poydar
  • Leo The Magnificat (1996) with illustrations by Emily Arnold McCully

Short Stories

  • "8 x 2 = Sweet Sixteen," a short story featuring Karen Brewer included in the children's anthology It's Great to Be Eight (2000)
  • "The Lost Art of Letter Writing", a short story included in the young adult anthology What You Wish For (2011)

Other Works

  • Because of Shoe and Other Dog Stories (edited) (2012)


  1. ^ "Ann Martin's 11/29/06 Chat Transcript". November 29, 2006. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
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  3. ^ "2003 Newbery Medal and Honor Books". Association for Library Service to Children. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  4. ^ Martin, Ann M. (April 1, 2010). The Baby-sitters Club: The Summer Before (Hardcover ed.). New York: Scholasic Press. ISBN 978-0-545-16093-3. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
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