Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels

How many of you grown-ups remember The Baby-Sitter’s Club series? I devoured every single book when I was in elementary school. (There were over a hundred to choose from!) The series is about a group of middle school girls who have founded a babysitting business. The books follow the girls on their various jobs as well as taking some time to deal with the individual characters and their issues (things like divorce of a parent, diabetes, school trouble, first crushes, etc.) Looking back, I am not sure if it would be quite as appealing to a kid today; the cover art might look a little old fashioned or the way the kids talk might seem a bit hokey.

If you want to share these engaging stories with the next generation, I suggest you try them in graphic novel form! The Baby-Sitters Club has been given a little update from Raina Telgemeier, the best-selling author of Smile. All of your favorite characters and stories are there, but the girls have been drawn in fun and modern detail. They are a perfect read for reluctant students! So far, only four books in the series have been turned into graphic novels, but I have high hopes for more very soon.

If you get your kids really into the series or you want to take a walk down memory lane, never fear! Many of the Jefferson County Libraries still carry the old series too!

Mollie McFarland
Springville Road Regional Branch Library

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