I recently discovered that one of my favorite series while growing up, The Baby-Sitters Club, will be re-issued by Scholastic in April 2010.
|A side-by-side comparison of the old and new covers|
As you can see above, the re-issue will have new cover designs (which I’m not sure I like…I liked the old covers because they bring back such fond memories), as well as updated versions of the first two volumes and a newly written prequel.
I used to love The Baby-Sitters Club books and had every volume from 1 to the low 60s (including most of the Super Specials, Mysteries, and Little Sister books), when I deemed myself too old for the books at the age of 13 and lost interest. I later discovered that that the series continued to a whooping 131, not including the many spin-offs and special editions. I was saddened to learn that Logan leaves the club, that Dawn moves back to California, and that a new member (Abby) joins the ranks.
Most of my girlfriends preferred the Sweet Valley High books over the immature and often-times naive Baby-Sitters Club. However, I liked the innocent lives of the girls of Stoneybrook, CT better. A life free of soap-opera-like drama, backstabbing, and inappropriate romance. A life where 11-13 year-old girls could be trusted to watch children (would any parent trust this age range to baby-sit anymore?) and important life lessons learnt while baby-sitting.
I always looked forward to passing down my Baby-Sitters Club books to my daughters (if I had any) or to nieces or daughters of close friends, and was devastated to learn that my mother had given the books away. For this reason I was ecstatic to learn of the series’ re-release.
I’m not sure how the current generation of young girls will receive The Baby-Sitters Club. But I like to think that the books will find new lovers, and will offer girls an escape to a more innocent time free of partying teenage stars and sparkling vampires.
Were you a fan of The Baby-Sitters Club? Or did you prefer Sweet Valley High? Are there any books from your pre-teen years that you’d like passed down to future generations?
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