I'm just finding out that My Friend Amy has been having a Baby-Sitter's Club week on her blog. When I found out I absolutely had to join in on the fun. These books were such a huge part of childhood, as I'm sure they were to a lot of people. I remember in 3rd through 5th grade on library day the girls would all race to the table of BSC books so we could each pick up the book we wanted before anyone else. We also had to write creative writing stories for class, and we all chose to write a series together about the daughter's of the BSC. So I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite Baby-sitter's Club books.
#6 Kristy's Big Day
This is one of the first books that captured me into the whole series. I mean its a wedding, who doesn't love that. A basic recap (from memory of course) is that Kristy's mom is marrying Watson Brewer, and is planning the wedding in about a week. Since all of Kristy's family is coming in to help plan Kristy & the BSC save the day by watching all the kids. There's actually a line that still sticks with me from this book. After Kristy's brother David Michael finds out about the marriage at dinner he says, "Ick Ick Ick. Pew Pew Pew. One sister's enough. Now I'll have two." Such a classic poem.
#15 Little Miss Stoneybrook... and Dawn
Now this book is centered around the Little Miss Stoneybrook pageant. Dawn starts off agreeing to train Claire and Margot Pike for the pagent. Then the rest of the BSC winds up training a girl of their own. They all think the winner should be Mary Anne's charge Charlotte whose talent was singing "The Good Ship Lollipop," but instead its unfairly won by a typical pageant girl.
#30 Mary Ann and the Great Romance
Again, another book about a wedding (clearly I'm a fan of the books centered around big events). This time its Mary Anne's dad and Dawn's mom that are getting married. The best part of the book is the cliffhanger at the end, which at the time I thought was amazing. The end of the book has Mary Anne and Dawn both jumping to catch the bouquet, but you don't find out who catches it until #31 Dawn's Wicked Stepsister
Then there were the Super Specials. I loved them all and wasn't sure I could pick a favorite of these. But first some of the Super Special runner-ups for me are Baby-sitters' Island Adventure where Dawn & Claudia are shipwrecked on a deserted island, Snowbound where a snowstorm hits Stoneybrook trapping Stacey & her mom in a car and a boy at Kristy's house, and Starring the Baby-sitters Club where all of the BSC get to act in a production of Peter Pan where Kristy gets to be Peter Pan and Jessi is the crocodile. But my favorite Super Special is #11 Baby-Sitters Remember where the BSC recall their most vivid memory. Kristy's was of course her first time baby-sitting.
I even read the California Diaries stories, which were kind of like a more grown-up series to graduate onto. These books were about Dawn and her friends in California. The best part about these books at least for me was that they took place in California, and I was living in California.
I can even tell you the last BSC book I ever bought. It was the summer after 8th grade and I was a little embarrassed to be see reading a Baby-Sitter's Club book at the time. But the book was Super Special #15 Baby-Sitter's European Adventure were they traveled to London & France. Since I was heading to London in a few weeks it was only fitting that I read the book where the baby-sitter's head to England as well, right?
I hope you've all enjoyed this flashback as much as I have. Hopefully you were a BSC fan as well, if so what were you favorites? If not, what book series were you a fan of growing up? And if you want to see more BSC fun you can head over to My Friend Amy to see what everyone else is posting. (And yes the title of the post is the start of the theme song from the Baby-Sitter's Club tv show)
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