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July 29, 2006

Kidlit 10: Babysitter's Club

Blogathon 2006

Ah, the Baby-sitter's Club. I know, I know. But I loved these books. Actually, this is a good example of what I was saying below about Harry Potter. I was reading these books at the same time as I was reading L.M. Montgomery, and I certainly don't think they harmed me. We don't know yet whether J.K. Rowling is in the same class as Montgomery or as the Baby-sitter's Club, but I'm not sure it matters. Anyway. A lot has been written about the pros and cons of series novels for kids. I tend to believe that they're good for getting children used to the structure of novels, and that their familiarity helps kids feel like they are in charge of something in their lives.

I read lots of series as a kid (more may be showing up here later), but Baby-sitter's Club was one of my favorites. I think one of the reasons they're good is that there are several different main characters, so there's someone for everyone to relate to. And, you know, I've reread a few in recent years, and they actually hold up pretty well.

Posted by Kat at July 29, 2006 06:31 PM

I loved The Babysitter's Club! I think my favorite was Claudia. I felt like it should have been Kristy, but she was so bossy! ;-)

I agree with you. Series books are great if they get kids reading. I babysat a kid who was 6 about five years ago, and he was reading Harry Potter, and he really got into the fact that each book had more pages than the last. He felt like he was accomplishing something by reading them, and I'm pretty sure he's an avid reader to this day.

Posted by: Kristy at July 29, 2006 06:46 PM

The nice thing about series reading for kids like me was that if you read a ton, like I did, there was almost always another book coming to keep you busy. I read the Shoes books, and the One of a Kind Family when I was young, migrated into the Christopher Pike books and The Zodiac Club, and a few based in colleges that I can't remember. I love to go to used bookstores and try to find my favorites.

Posted by: AmyW at July 29, 2006 09:26 PM
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