The Baby-Sitters Club is truly having a moment in 2019. Just last week, Netflix announced that the streaming service is turning the classic series of novels into a new series starring Alicia Silverstone as Kristy Thompson’s mom, Elizabeth Thomas-Brewer. And now, starting today, Audible is releasing all 131 titles onto its platform for your nostalgic listening pleasure as the summer winds to a close.
Audible has even secured a big star to narrate the first five novels: Elle Fanning. “The fierce friendships and babysitting adventures of The Baby-Sitters Club have been so much fun to perform,” the actor said in a press release. “It has been such an exciting and new experience for me to bring this entrepreneurial squad to life as Audible books. People can now relive these coming of age stories in a whole new way or enjoy them for the very first time.”
But really, did the books ever go away? We’d argue no. The first book by Ann M. Martin was published in 1986 and since then more than one generation has learned a thing or two about entrepreneurship, friendship, family problems, and coming of age from Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, Stacey McGill, Dawn Schafer, and all the other characters who are introduced in the fictional town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut. And then, of course, there was the great 1995 film starring Rachel Leigh Cook and Schuyler Fisk, among others.
“I’m thrilled to see that the readership for The Baby-sitters Club continues to grow after all these years,” Martin said in Audible’s press release. “And I’m grateful and honored to hear from fans – young and old – who have supported the series with such affection, love and nostalgia for all things BSC. I’m excited that Audible will bring the books to life in a new format for the next generation.”