The Baby-Sitters Club
The Baby-Sitters Club (also known as BSC) is a series of novels written by Ann M. Martin and published by Scholastic between 1986 and 2000, that sold 176 million copies. Martin wrote the first 35 novels in the series, but the subsequent novels were written by ghostwriters, such as Peter Lerangis. The Baby-Sitters Club is about a group of friends who live in the fictional, suburban town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut. These friends run a local babysitting service called "The Baby-Sitters Club". The original four members were Kristy Thomas (founder and president), Mary Anne Spier (secretary), Claudia Kishi (vice-president), and Stacey McGill (treasurer), but the number of members varies throughout the series. The novels are told in first-person narrative and deal with issues such as illness, moving, and divorce. As the series progressed, Dawn Schafer (Alternate Officer), Mallory Pike and Jessi Ramsey (Junior Officers), Logan Bruno (Associate Member), Shannon Kilbourne (2nd Alternate Officer), and Abby Stevenson joined the club.
History of the series
The idea for The Baby-Sitters Club series originated with Jean Feiwel, an editor at Scholastic who saw the popularity of a novel called Katie's Babysitting Job and realized there was a market for novels about babysitting. She contacted Ann M. Martin, who took the general idea of a babysitter's club, and created the characters, plots, and settings for the series. It was initially planned as a four-book series, but after the first four novels were moderately successful, Scholastic ordered two more, followed by twelve more as the series grew in popularity. By the time the sixth novel was published, the first printing was up to 100,000 copies. When publishing ceased in 2000, there had been 213 novels published in the series. Of these, Martin estimates she wrote from 60 to 80.
Structure of the novels
With the exception of Super Specials and Super Mysteries, the novels are written and narrated from one character's point of view. The novels generally follow this format:
- Chapter 1: Introduction to character; beginning of plot.
- Chapter 2: Description of club and members.
- Chapter 3-15: Continuation of plot and conclusion, usually accompanied with a subplot.
"Kristy" Amanda Thomas
- Club position: President
- Appearance: Shortest girl in her grade, white, brown hair, brown eyes; usual clothing is jeans, a turtleneck, a sweater, and sneakers
- Birthday: August 20
- Age: 12, 13 in later novels
Kristy is known for her great ideas as well as her bossiness and a big mouth that can occasionally get her in trouble. She hates it when she isn't in charge, The idea for "The Baby-Sitters Club" came to Kristy when her mother was having trouble finding a babysitter for her younger brother, David Michael. She felt sorry for David Michael, as well as her mother. In a "flash", as she calls it, Kristy had her "great idea" to form The Baby-Sitters Club. Kristy formed the club with herself, Claudia, her best friend Mary Anne, and Stacey as founding members. Kristy usually wears jeans and a T-shirt (in the winter, a turtleneck and, if needed, a sweater), sneakers, and sometimes a baseball cap with a collie on it, in memory of the family dog, Louie, who was put to sleep in Kristy and the Snobs. She loves sports and coaches a softball team for small children called Kristy's Krushers, which includes many of the club's sitting charges. Kristy comes from a large family, composed of her mother, Elizabeth, her stepfather, Watson (her biological father walked out of her family when Kristy was six years old), her two older brothers, Charlie and Sam, her younger brother, David Michael, her stepsister, Karen, her stepbrother, Andrew, her grandmother, Nannie, and her sister adopted from Vietnam, Emily Michelle, who is two years old. The family's pets include Shannon (a puppy), Boo-Boo (a cat), two goldfish and, after Boo-Boo was put down, they get a cat and named it Pumpkin. Pumpkin was named after Kristi's favorite Halloween tradition, she also looked like a pumpkin.  Kristy is called a "Tomboy" since she isn't that girly and doesn't really care about fashion or new styles. Her mother and her step-father got married in the book Kristy's Big Day. Kristy's best friend is Mary Anne Spier. Kristy is played by Avriel Hillman in the HBO series, Sophie Grace in the Netflix series, and Schuyler Fisk in the film adaptation.
Claudia Lynn Kishi
- Club position: Vice President
- Appearance: Japanese descent, long black hair, dark brown eyes
- Birthday: July 11
- Age: 12; 13 in later novels
Claudia is Japanese American. She is extremely creative in both her artwork and wardrobe. She is the vice president because she has her own phone in her room, and she takes after-hours calls. She always has snacks hidden around her room for the meetings. She is described as creative, talented, sophisticated, and trendy. Claudia loves to draw, paint, sculpt, make jewelry, and sketch. She is addicted to junk food and loves to read "Nancy Drew" mysteries. Claudia hides her Nancy Drew mysteries and her candy around her room because her parents do not approve of them. Despite her diet, she maintains a good figure and clear skin. Claudia's mother is the head librarian at Stoneybrook Public Library and her father is a banker. Her older sister Janine is a real-life genius with an IQ of 196. In the seventh book, Mimi had a serious stroke which causes Claudia to take better care of her and be around her more often. Claudia has an aunt Peaches (her real name is Miyoshi), whose husband is named Russ, and a cousin named Lynn. Claudia feels no one in her family understands her, except for her grandmother, Mimi, who passed away in "Claudia and the Sad Good-bye". Claudia is played by Jeni F. Winslow in the HBO series, Momona Tamada in the Netflix series, and Tricia Joe in the film adaptation. Authors are currently remaking babysitters club books, Claudia is still fun, and still has her grandmother Mimi with her.
Mary Anne Spier
- Club position: Secretary
- Appearance: White, long brown hair worn in braids until Mary Anne Saves the Day; she cuts it short in Mary Anne's Makeover, brown eyes
- Birthday: September 22
- Age: 12; 13 in later novels
Mary Anne is the secretary of the club due to her exceptional organization skills and neat handwriting. Her hobbies include sewing, knitting, watching classic movies, and reading. She and Kristy, her best friend, initially looked similar (but had very different personalities) until Mary Anne cut her hair and began wearing a little makeup in Mary Anne's Makeover. She also vowed never to get her ears pierced due to being traumatized by almost having her ears pierced by a fellow camper at Camp Mohawk. Mary Anne and Kristy have been best friends since childhood and were neighbors until Kristy's mother married Watson Brewer. Her mother died from cancer when Mary Anne was a baby, and her father Richard (who is a lawyer) was very overprotective until he married Sharon Schafer and loosened up. She is very sensitive, shy, is a good listener, and does not like being the center of attention. In Logan Likes Mary Anne! Mary Anne starts going out with Logan Bruno (who looks like her favorite actor, the fictional Cam Geary), and she is the first member who has a steady boyfriend. Mary Anne has a stepsister named Dawn, a stepbrother named Jeff, and a kitten named Tigger. In Mary Anne and the Secret in the Attic it is revealed that she lived with her grandparents before her father raised her on his own. Mary Anne is played by Meghan Lahey in the HBO series, Malia Baker in the Netflix series, and Rachael Leigh Cook in the film adaptation.
Anastasia "Stacey" Elizabeth McGill
- Club position: Treasurer #1-13, #28-83, & #88-end
- Appearance: White, blonde hair that she often gets permed, blue eyes
- Birthday: April 3
- Age: 12; 13 in later novels
A native New Yorker, Stacey moved to Stoneybrook in the seventh grade when her dad's job transferred him. She quickly became friends with Claudia because of their shared love for both fashion and boys. They are considered to be the best-dressed students in Stoneybrook Middle School (Stacey is the more sophisticated dresser, while Claudia is more creative and original). Stacey has diabetes and has been hospitalized several times as a result; in Kristy's Great Idea, she tried to hide this from the others since her classmates in New York teased her because of it, but she eventually told them. Because she excels in math, she is the club's treasurer. Her talent in math inspired her to join the Stoneybrook Middle School Mathlete Club. Stacey leaves Stoneybrook when her father is transferred back to New York City  but returns after her parents' divorce. She later leaves the club for a short time after she starts dating Robert Brewster and chooses him over the club. However, she later returns to the club after she has an unpleasant experience with some girls who pretended to be her friends; this makes her realize who her real friends are. Stacey is played by Jessica Prunell in the HBO series, Shay Rudolph in the Netflix series, and Bre Blair in the film adaptation.
Dawn Read Schafer
- Club position: Alternate Officer #5-13, #28-67, #81-83, & #88; Treasurer #14-27 & #84-87; Honorary Member #68-81 & #89-end
- Appearance: White, Long blonde hair, blue eyes
- Birthday: February 5
- Age: 13-14
Dawn grew up in California, until her parents' divorce. Dawn moved with her younger brother Jeff and her mother across the country to Stoneybrook, Connecticut, where her mother, Sharon, grew up. Jeff had a lot of trouble adjusting to the move and soon returned to California to live with their father. Dawn is a vegetarian, addicted to healthy food (she can't stand sugary snacks), likes ghost stories, and is even into environmentalism. She joins Stoneybrook Middle School in the middle of the seventh grade, when the club members were having a fight. She met Mary Anne, and they instantly bonded. Her mother and Mary Anne's father married; they dated while they were in high school and once they reunited they discovered that they still loved each other. Dawn and Mary Anne became stepsisters as a result. Kristy, as Mary Anne's best friend, is initially jealous, but gets over it and invites Dawn to become the fifth member of the club once the fight between the club members ends. Dawn temporarily moves back to California in Dawn's Big Move, but returns to Stoneybrook in Kristy and Mr. Mom. However, in Farewell, Dawn, she moves back to California permanently. Dawn is played by Melissa Chasse in the HBO series, Xochitl Gomez (season 1) and Kyndra Sanchez (season 2) in the Netflix series, and Larisa Oleynik in the film adaptation.
Jessica "Jessi" Davis Ramsey
- Club position: Junior Officer
- Appearance: African descent, curly black hair, brown eyes, long legs
- Birthday: June 30
- Age: 11
Jessi moved to Stoneybrook from Oakley, New Jersey at the beginning of the sixth grade; her family moved into Stacey's old house. She has an eight-year-old sister Rebecca, called "Becca", and a baby brother named John Phillip Ramsey Jr., whose nickname is "Squirt". When Jessi and her family first moved to Stoneybrook, some people were racist toward them because they were Black, but this improved later. In Hello, Mallory, Mallory meets Jessi, and they instantly bond and form their own babysitting club, "Kids Incorporated", before joining The Baby-Sitters Club. In Jessi's Baby-sitter, Jessi's Aunt Cecelia moves into Jessi's house. Jessi calls her "Aunt Dictator" and at first Jessi hates her, but at the end of the novel they become friends, and she is part of the household for the rest of the series. Jessi learns American Sign Language in Jessi's Secret Language when she babysits for Haley and Matt Braddock because Matt is deaf. Jessi is a talented ballerina and has leading roles in several ballets; she takes ballet classes at Stamford Ballet School with Madame Noelle, her ballet teacher. Jessi's best friend is Mallory Pike, as they are both junior officers and as it had stated earlier, they formed their own club together. Jessi is played by Nicole Leach in the HBO series, Anais Lee in the Netflix series, and Zelda Harris in the film adaptation.
Abigail "Abby" Stevenson
- Club position: Alternate Officer #90-end
- Appearance: White, long curly brown hair, brown eyes
- Birthday: October 15
- Age: 13
Abby first appeared in Kristy and the Dirty Diapers. Shortly after Dawn moved back to California to live with her father, Abby moved to Stoneybrook from Long Island with her mother and twin sister, Anna. Her father died in a car accident when she was nine years old, which was part of the reason for the move. Abby still misses him, and does not like to talk about him. Abby and her family moved into a house on McLelland Road and spent the first night in the neighborhood sleeping over at Kristy's. Abby is Jewish. She has asthma and carries inhalers. She is allergic to shellfish, kitty litter, dust, pollen, milk, tomatoes and eggs. Abby is described as wild, funny, and athletic. Abby and Kristy have similar competitive personalities and sometimes clash. Anna is quieter than Abby, is a serious violinist who practices four hours a day, and she hates sports. The Baby-Sitters Club invited both Abby and Anna to join the club. Anna declined because of her music studies, but Abby takes Dawn's place as alternate officer.
- Club position: Associate Member
- Appearance: white, brown hair, blue eyes
- Birthday: January 10
- Age: 13, 14
Logan moved from Louisville, Kentucky, before eighth grade. He first appeared in Logan Likes Mary Anne! He has a southern accent, participates in many sports, and works as a busboy at the Rosebud Café. He is an associate member of the club, which is a member who is not required to come to meetings, which he takes because he feels uncomfortable with girls, but takes jobs when no regular member is available. Logan lives with his parents, younger sister Kerry, and younger brother Hunter. He is also Mary Anne's boyfriend, although they temporarily split up, but eventually got back together. However, in The Baby-Sitters Club Friends Forever: Mary Anne's Big Breakup, they break up for good, (even though they both remained good friends with each other as well as fellow club members). Logan is played by Eric Lawton in the HBO series, Rian McCririck in the Netflix series, and Austin O'Brien in the film adaptation.
Shannon Louisa Kilbourne
- Club position: Associate Member #11-67 & #82-end; Alternate Officer #68-81
- Appearance: White, blonde hair, blue eyes
- Birthday: March 17
- Age: 13
Shannon is an overachiever who is involved in many extracurricular activities, and is the only member who doesn't attend Stoneybrook Middle School; she instead goes to Stoneybrook Day School, which is a private school. She first appears in Kristy and the Snobs. She has two younger sisters, Tiffany and Maria, and is Kristy's first friend in her new neighborhood, although the two initially did not get along. She is an associate member, which she took because she was too busy to come to meetings. However, when Dawn temporarily left the club, she filled Dawn's place as alternate officer. Once Dawn returned, she went back to the position of associate member. After the death of Kristy's beloved collie, Louie, Shannon gave Kristy one of Astrid's (a Bernese Mountain Dog) puppies, which David Michael named after Shannon.
Stoneybrook is a fictional suburban town in the state of Connecticut. It is the hometown of many of the characters in both The Baby-Sitters Club series and the Baby-Sitters Little Sister series as well. The real life hamlet of Stony Brook, New York is on the north shore of Long Island, just across the Long Island Sound from Connecticut.
The town is near Stamford, Connecticut. Several adults in the town commute to Stamford and Jessi Ramsey takes her ballet classes there.
Stoneybrook's known public schools include Stoneybrook Elementary, Stoneybrook Middle School, and Stoneybrook High School; as well as Kelsey Elementary School, Kelsey Middle School, and Kelsey High School. Private schools include Stoneybrook Academy (which Karen Brewer and several other charges attended) and Stoneybrook Day School, which is where associate member Shannon Kilbourne attends.
Karen Brewer's father and Kristy Thomas's stepfather, Watson Brewer, owns a mansion in an upscale subdivision of Stoneybrook. The families of Hannie Papadakis, Amanda and Max Delaney, and Shannon Kilbourne, among others, also live there.
Karen Brewer's mother, Lisa, and stepfather, Seth Engle, reside in a regular middle-class neighbourhood, in which the family of Nancy Dawes also resides. The majority of the members of The Baby-Sitters Club also live in a middle-class neighbourhood. When Stacey returned in Stoneybrook she moved into the house behind Mallory Pike's so whenever she came outside, her backyard would face Mallory's house. Bradford Court, where Claudia Kishi lives (and at the beginning of the series Mary Anne Spier and Kristy Thomas lived there as well) is within walking distance of almost all of their houses and of Stonybrook Middle School. After Mary Anne's father, Richard, marries Dawn Schafer's mother, Sharon, they move into Sharon and Dawn's house, which is on Burnt Hill Road.
Super Specials and Readers' Requests
- Super Specials: Super Specials were an extended version of the regular series, with several members of The Baby-Sitters Club (plus at times, their friends and/or sitting charges) narrating (chapter-by-chapter changes of narrators). Super Specials centered on a larger-scale plot, usually with at least three subplots. For example, in The Baby-Sitters Club Super Special #7, Snowbound, some members of The Baby-Sitters Club are babysitting when a snowstorm hits Stoneybrook and the larger area, and the others are spread out. Dawn is stuck at the airport waiting for Jeff with her mother, and Kristy is stuck at home with Bart. The members narrate their experiences and usually, the next chapter would bring on an entirely different plot or an extension of the previous chapter, only with a different narrator.
- Readers' Requests: These were special novels featuring associate members Logan and Shannon, and their personal lives away from the Baby-Sitters Club.
Mysteries and Super Mysteries
- Mysteries: These resemble the style of the regular novels (single narrator), only the plot of the novel mainly focuses on solving a mystery, with a small subplot.
- Super Mysteries: These resembled the style of the Super Specials, with multiple narrators, only the plot of the novel was mainly focused on solving a mystery, with a few small subplots.
Portrait Collections (1994–1997)
- Portrait Collections: These are autobiographies of The Baby-Sitters Club members (Stacey, Claudia, Dawn, Mary Anne, Kristy, and Abby). Mallory and Jessi were not included because the autobiographies were an eighth grade project only.
The Baby-Sitters Club: Friends Forever (1999–2000)
- The Baby-Sitters Club: Friends Forever: These novels are an extension of the original series, which focused on the original four members (Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey). They were set following the fire at Mary Anne's house, which drastically impacted the lives of The Baby-Sitters Club members, and concluded with a final Super Special detailing the girls' graduation from Stoneybrook Middle School.
The Baby-Sitters Club: Reissue and The Summer Before
- In 2010, Scholastic Inc. re-released the first two volumes of The Baby-Sitters Club novels in an attempt to revive the series for a new generation of readers. Ann M. Martin also published a prequel to her series, called The Summer Before. It depicted the lives of Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey the summer before the school year began.
Baby-Sitters Little Sister
The Baby-Sitters Little Sister novels were a series of novels for younger readers. It centered on Karen Brewer, the seven-year-old stepsister of Kristy Thomas. One hundred and twenty-two Baby-Sitters Little Sister novels and six Baby-Sitters Little Sister Super Special novels were published. The series ran from 1988 to 2000.
The Kids in Ms. Colman's Class
The Kids in Ms. Colman's Class series was a spin-off of the Baby-Sitters Little Sister series and covered Karen Brewer's second grade classmates at Stoneybrook Academy, and their adventures in Ms. Colman's classroom. Twelve novels were published. The series ran from 1995 to 1998. The titles are Teacher's Pet, Author Day, Class Play, Second Grade Baby, The Snow War, Twin Trouble, Science Fair, Summer School, Halloween Parade, Holiday Time, Spelling Bee, and Baby Animal Zoo.
The California Diaries series centered on Dawn Schafer and her friends after her return to California, and targeted a slightly older audience, with a darker feel. Fifteen novels were published focusing on the characters Dawn, Ducky McCrae, Amalia Vargas, Maggie Blume, and Sunny Winslow. Examples of subjects dealt with are anorexia, sexual orientation, and racism, along with the characters' personal problems and family disputes.
In 2006, Graphix, a division of Scholastic, released a graphic novel version of the first novel, Kristy's Great Idea. The novel is a contemporary yet faithful adaptation illustrated by Raina Telgemeier, an Eisner Award-winning cartoonist. The series continued with the release of The Truth About Stacey, Mary Anne Saves the Day, and concluded with Claudia and Mean Janine.
Since then, four more graphic novels for The Baby-Sitters Club were released; they were adapted and illustrated by Gale Galligan. Dawn and the Impossible Three was published in 2017, Kristy’s Big Day was published in 2018, Boy-Crazy Stacey was published in 2019. and Logan Likes Mary Anne was published in 2020.
Starting in 2021, six more graphic novels are set to be published, two per year. "Cartoonists Gabriela Epstein and Chan Chau will alternate as adapters of four of the books. Illustrator/adaptors for the final two books will be announced at a later date." Claudia and the New Girl, illustrated by Gabriela Epstein, was published on February 2, 2021. Kristy and the Snobs, illustrated by Chan Chau, is scheduled for release in September 7, 2021, and Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye, illustrated by Gabriela Epstein, is set to be published on February 1, 2022.
On April 30, 2019, it was announced that there are plans for a series of Baby-Sitters Little Sister graphic novels illustrated by Katy Farina and colored by Braden Lamb. The first graphic novel, Karen's Witch, was released on December 26, 2019. This was followed by Karen's Roller Skates which was released on July 7, 2020, Karen's Worst Day which was released on December 29, 2020. Karen's Kittycat Club was released on July 20, 2021, and Karen's School Picture is scheduled for release in December 28, 2021.
|The Baby-Sitters Club: Songs for My Best Friends|
|Soundtrack album by |
|Released||October 13, 1992|
|Producer||Jeff Barry, Richard Goldsmith|
The Baby-Sitters Club: Songs for My Best Friends was a soundtrack for the series that was released on October 13, 1992 on CD and cassette tape. It included nine tracks written specifically for the series and the theme song to the original 1990 TV series.
- Track listing adapted from AllMusic.
All tracks are written by Jeff Barry, Kelly Sachs, and Leslie Spiro (Tracks 1-9). Track 10 is written by Glen Roven.
|3.||"In Your Shoes"||4:56|
|5.||"We Will Inherit the Earth"||4:32|
|8.||"School Is Cool"||4:15|
|10.||"Say Hello to Your Friends"||3:12|
In 1996 a computer game titled Baby-Sitters Club Friendship Kit was produced by Phillips Media. It had the main members of The Baby-Sitters Club represented in videos that played, which would introduce each feature. It took place in Claudia’s room.
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- Book #13, Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye
- Book #28, Welcome Back, Stacey!
- Book #83, Stacey vs. the BSC
- Book #87, Stacey and the Bad Girls
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- Book #46, Mary Anne Misses Logan
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