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5 Facts About 'The Baby-Sitters Club' That Will Make You Want To Read The Entire Series All Over Again

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The Baby-Sitter's Club books were some of the most important books when we were young. There was nothing that was more exciting than getting that brand new adventure for Claudia, Stacey, Mary Anne and the rest. We all had our favorite characters, but we loved the entire club.

The books really helped shape our generation, but how much do we really know about them? Here are 5 facts that will make you remember just how great these books really were!

1. How did it all begin?


The original idea actually came from an editor, not the author herself. Jean Feiwel noticed that a book called Ginny's Babysitting Job was becoming really successful even though it wasn't promoted exceptionally well. “I thought, it must be something about baby-sitting because it’s not something about Ginny or the cover,” Feiwel said. “All I gave Ann was a glimmer of an idea — a series about a babysitters club. She came up with everything else.”

2. The characters are based on real people


Author Ann M. Martin revealed that she based her characters off of people she knew. Mary Ann and Kristy were representations of her and her best friend, Beth, as kids. Claudia is named after another of Martin's friends and the Perkins girls were based on her goddaughters.

3. The stories were also based on real life


When Martin was going through real-life issues, she could turn to the books to try and work through it. When her grandmother died she wrote the story Claudia and the Sad Goodbye.

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