Ann M. Martin

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Ann Matthews Martin
Born (1955-08-12) August 12, 1955 (age 62)
Occupation Author
Language English
Nationality American
Alma mater Smith College
Genre Children's and young adult fiction
Notable works The Baby-Sitters Club series (1986–2000)
Notable awards John Newbery Medal

Ann Matthews Martin (born August 12, 1955) is an American children's author most well known for writing The Baby-Sitters Club series.[1]

Early life[edit]

Ann Matthews Martin grew up in Princeton, New Jersey. Her mother, Edith, was a pre-school teacher and her father, Henry, was a cartoonist for The New Yorker and other publications.[2] Her mother's ancestry can be traced back to the pilgrims who traveled on the Mayflower in 1620.[3]

Martin developed an interest in writing from an early age. 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.[4] Martin loved creative writing in elementary school and discovered her passion for writing in second grade. She began writing short stories, and her fourth-grade teacher wrote on her student folder that she would make a wonderful writer because she spent so much of her free time writing in notebooks.[3] Her favorite subjects in middle school and high school were English and French. Her least favorite subject was Math.[5]

As a teen, Martin loved working with children and decided to become a teacher. She wanted to help children with disabilities, and she worked during the summer at the Eden Institute, a school for autistic children in her hometown.[3]

After graduating from Princeton High School in 1973, Martin attended Smith College from 1973-1977. She studied early-childhood education and child psychology. Her senior thesis was on the use of children’s literature in the classroom. She lived in Gardiner House and wrote for Smith College newspaper, The Sophian.[6] Describing her Smith education, Martin said “It was an environment of strong, independent women, both the students and the professors.” Her time at Smith influenced her identity as a feminist and inspired her to portray female characters who were like the women she knew in her own life.[2]


After graduating from Smith College, Martin taught in a split fourth and fifth-grade classroom at Plumfield School in Noroton, Connecticut.[6] Her students, ages 8–13, struggled with learning disabilities including dyslexia and autism. Martin said that her work with special needs children influenced her writing about children.[3]

After teaching, Martin decided to pursue publishing. She worked her way up from an editorial assistant to a senior editor, and she worked for several well-known children’s book publishers, including Pocket Books and Scholastic. She is now a full-time writer.[3]

In 1983, she published her first book, Bummer Summer, which earned the Children’s Choice Award in 1985. She began writing The Baby-Sitters Club series in 1985 while working for Scholastic as a children’s book editor.[3] After Martin wrote the first 35 novels in The Baby-Sitters Club series[7] 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.[8] In 2010, Martin published a prequel to The Baby-Sitters Club series titled The Summer Before.[9][10]

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 and struggles. All of her characters, including the members of The Baby-Sitters Club, are fictional, but many of her characters are based on real people. Sometimes she names her characters after people she knows, and other times she simply chooses names that she likes.[11]

In 1990, Martin and her colleagues founded "The Lisa Libraries" to honor and memorialize their friend Lisa Novak. This non-profit organization distributes new books to children and establishes libraries in under-served areas.[12] In the same year, Martin also founded the Ann M. Martin Foundation, which provides financial support for art, education, and literacy programs in addition to programs for abused and stray animals.[3]

Personal life[edit]

After living in New York City for many years, Martin moved to the Hudson Valley in upstate New York.[13]


Standalone novels

Novels and sequels


  1. Kristy`s Great Idea
  2. Claudia And The Phantom Phone Calls
  3. The Truth About Stacey
  4. Mary Anne Saves The Day
  5. Dawn And The Impossible Three
  6. Kristy's Big Day
  7. Claudia And Mean Janine
  8. Boy-Crazy Stacey
  9. The Ghost At Dawns House
  10. Logan Likes Mary Anne
  11. Kristy And The Snobs
  12. Claudia And The New Girl
  13. Good Bye Stacey, Good Bye
  14. Hello, Mallory
  15. Little Miss Stoneybrook... And Dawn
  16. Jessi's Secret Language
  17. Mary Anne's Bad-Luck Mystery
  18. Stacey's Mistake
  19. Claudia And The Bad Joke
  20. Kristy And The Walking Disaster
  21. Mallory And The Trouble With Twins
  22. Jessi Ramsey, Pet-Sitter
  23. Dawn On The Coast
  24. Kristy and the Mother's Day Surprise
  25. Mary Anne and the Search for Tigger
  26. Claudia and the Sad Good-bye
  27. Jessi and the Superbrat
  28. Welcome Back, Stacey!
  29. Mallory and the Mystery Diary
  30. Mary Anne and the Great Romance
  31. Dawn's Wicked Stepsister
  32. Kristy and the Secret of Susan
  33. Claudia and the Great Search
  34. Mary Anne and Too Many Boys
  35. Stacey and the Mystery of Stoneybrook
  36. 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)
  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)
  • Main Street (2007–2011)
    1. Welcome to Camden Falls (2007)
    2. Needle and Thread (2007)
    3. 'Tis the Season (2007)
    4. Best Friends (2008)
    5. The Secret Book Club (2008)
    6. September Surprises (2008)
    7. Keeping Secrets (2009)
    8. Special Delivery (2009)
    9. Coming Apart (2010)
    10. Staying Together (2011)
  • The Doll People series (2000–2008) with Laura Godwin and Brian Selznick
    1. The Doll People (2000)
    2. The Meanest Doll in the World (2003)
    3. The Runaway Dolls (2008)
    4. The Doll People Set Sail (2014)
  • Family Tree (2013-2014)
    1. Better to Wish (2013)
    2. The Long Way Home (2013)
    3. Best Kept Secret (2014)
    4. Home Is the Place (2014)
  • Missy Piggle-Wiggle (2016–present)
    1. Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure (2016)
    2. Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Won't-Walk-the-Dog Cure (2017)

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)


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  2. ^ a b "The Feminist Legacy of the Baby-Sitters Club". The New Yorker. 2016-12-09. Retrieved 2017-04-16. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Nagan, Laura (2012). Ann M Martin: A Biography. Hyperink Books. 
  4. ^ "Ann M. Martin: Biography | Scholastic". Retrieved 2017-04-16. 
  5. ^ "Ann M. Martin: Fast Facts | Scholastic". Retrieved 2017-04-16. 
  6. ^ a b Kjelle, Marylou Morano (2006). Ann M. Martin. New York: Chelsea House Publishers. pp. 40–43. ISBN 0-7910-8794-8. 
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  8. ^ "2003 Newbery Medal and Honor Books". Association for Library Service to Children. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  9. ^ 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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  11. ^ "Ann Martin's 11/29/06 Chat Transcript". November 29, 2006. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  12. ^ Friday April 11, 20145
  13. ^ Martin, Ann M. Rain Reign. pp. dedication. ISBN 978-0-312-64300-3. 

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