Parents' Guide to

The Baby-Sitters Club Series

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fun, updated graphic novel version has deep layers.

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age 9+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 12+

Although It Is a great read, Things take a romantic turn once Raina Telgemeier stops writing the books. Once Gale Galligan Starts on book 6- There starts to be the drama of cheating, boyfriends & girlfriends, In Boy - Crazy Stacey There are 2 kissing scenes, One more showing & one of the main character from a far perspective- For ages 12+ will interest greatly!
age 7+

Great elementary school reads

My daughters blew through these books when we got them - all the rage in second and third grade. The stories are graphic novel remakes of the classic chapter book series by Ann Martin. Very innocent, mostly focuses on the drama of middle school girls' lives like friends, school, and family issues along with their cooperative babysitting business. The update could have added a bit more diversity to the characters, but solid reading and a great choice for a reluctant elementary reader.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (10 ):

While babysitting ties all the books together, the girls’ adventures wrangling kids (and sometimes pets) often takes a back seat to their own stories. The Baby-Sitters Club series is as much about how to navigate friendships as it is about running a small business. What stands out no matter what client issues come up or who has family problems is the girls’ commitment: Even when they’re arguing, they run the business together, and even when the business demands are overwhelming, they prioritize each other. The work-life balance is something most adults struggle with, and it’s nice to see a series that shows young readers, in a relatable way, why it’s a hard but worthwhile goal.

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