Scholastic to Relaunch The Baby-Sitters Club Books

Posted on January 17, 2010

The New York Times is reporting that Scholastic plans to relaunch Ann M. Martin's series of books called The Baby-sitters Club. The relaunch will include slightly revised versions of the first two volumes in the series as well as a new book, a prequel called The Summer Before by author Ann M. Martin.

"The Baby-Sitters Club," which ran from 1986 through 2000, garnered an ardent following among preteenage girls throughout its run of 213 titles, with the publisher ultimately printing 176 million copies. The series, which followed the baby-sitting adventures and friendships of four 12-to-13-year-old girls - Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia and Stacey (the cast expanded to eight main characters later in the series) - spawned several spinoffs, including a mystery series and a collection of books about Kristy's little sister. All of the books are now out of print.

The relaunched series and new prequel novel will hit stores in April. A video with Ann M. Martin reading an excerpt from the book can be found on

With the relaunched book series could a television series be far behind?

Update: 5-15-2020: Here's a teaser for a new upcoming series from Netflix, called The Baby-Sitters Club:

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