The Baby-Sitters Club


What is it?

A pioneering book series launched in 1986 about a group of friends in middle school who run a business called The Baby-sitters Club. One of the most successful children’s book series in publishing history with more than 190 million copies in print.

Who’s it for?

Readers ages 7 and up


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“The stories about children who discovered a love of reading when they read The Baby-sitters Club are the ones that have had the greatest impact on me as a writer. I’m very excited about introducing the series to a new generation of readers.”

— Ann M. Martin


The Baby-sitters Club® is one of the most successful children’s book series in publishing history with more than 190 million books in print. Ann M. Martin spent the latter part of the 1980s and most of the 1990s working on the series, which was supposed to debut in 1986 and end in 1987, and to consist of only four titles. More than 30 years later, with four additional related spin-offs, approximately 250 titles, the BSC spawned a feature film and more recently a critically-acclaimed original Netflix series, and prompted kids around the world to start their own baby-sitters clubs. The popularity of The Baby-sitters Club and Little Sister books continues with the full-color graphic novel adaptations, all of which have hit national bestseller lists.

The Baby-sitters Club became the first children’s book series to appear on the USA Today bestseller list.

The New York Times Magazine hailed Ann M. Martin as a, “genius in communicating with girls when and after they slip behind the glass curtain of preadolescence…Martin gets children to read.” The Baby-sitters Club also was named one of the “Books of the Century” by the New York Times Book Review in 1998.

“Adventures in baby-sitting…must-read literature for preteen girls.”– Time magazine

“Martin’s message—that you can build something cool with your pals—is timeless.”– People

“Girls can’t get enough of The Baby-sitters Club…aren’t these the kinds of role models we want for our daughters…we all need friends like that.”– Parents magazine

“Ann Martin rules the paperback roost.”– Publishers Weekly

About Ann M. Martin

Ann M. Martin is the creator of The Baby-sitters Club, one of the most successful children’s series in publishing history with more than 180 million books in print. Her novels include A Corner of the Universe (a Newbery Honor Book), Belle Teal, Here Today, A Dog's Life, On Christmas Eve, and the Main Street and Family Tree series, as well as the much-loved collaborations P.S. Longer Letter Later and Snail Mail No More, with Paula Danziger. Ann lives in upstate New York.

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