Which Babysitters Club Member Are You?Rivka Rossi

Recently there was an great article floating around that brought up the question, “Which American Girl Are You?” I personally never even knew about American Girl until they opened up an enormous store nearby. They have a great café FYI.

I can’t relate to American Girl, but I definitely will always connect to the book series The Babysitters Club. These books encouraged me to read more than I regulardly would have as a kid.  The Baby-sitters Club is a series of children’s books written by Ann M. Martin from the late 80’s to early 2000’s. These middle school students lived in the fictional town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut, and were straight up entrepreneurs. These girls hustled and had the whole town talking about them. Parents confidently left their kids with them, and that is a huge deal.

If you remember the series you remember relating to a particular girl more than others. I obviously was Kristy Thomas (PRESIDENT). Kristy was the bossiest and always wore sneakers; she was always just killing it with her great ideas. SHE INVENTED THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB, guys.  She was a genius.

 Now we can’t all be Kristies, meaning we can’t all be tomboys. Some of us relate more to the other girls:

  • Claudia Kishi: VP, Asian American, dressed funky, HAD HER OWN PRIVATE PHONE LINE
  • Mary Anne Spier: Secretary, loved her pigtails and her nice boyfriend Logan
  • Stacy McGill: Treasurer, from New York, loved fashion
  • Dawn Schafer: Alternate Officer, California girl, really into the environment, very progressive for those times I must say
  • Mallory Pike: Junior member, red hair, had 7 younger brothers and sisters, that’s so many kids right?

What do you think? Which one of the babysitters best reflects a part of you?

Sophia Rossi is a producer and co-founder of HelloGiggles. She loves Sweet Valley High more than she should. Follow her here:  twitter or tumblr

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  1. I would read the BSC all time! I now teach fourth grade and have my students reading them for fun. I always related to Mary Ann. My parents were WAY over protective, I was timid, shy, and mousy.

  2. I’m now training..

  3. I was nothing short of obsessed with The Babysitters Club when I was a child. I’m from Glasgow, Scotland and my Dad’s friend worked in a bookshop and every week or so he would get me at least one or two of them, and I’d read them in one sitting. I’m not training to become and English teacher and I fully believe it’s because of the Babysitters Club. Anyhoo, I always wished I was like Claudia, and couldn’t wait until the weekends when I could wear what I wanted. I have memories of sitting in McDonalds on a Saturday afternoon with my Mum and brother, wearing patent leather shoes, crushed velvet parachute pants, a crimpeline oversized blouse and a denim hat, while the other kids ran around in shorts and trainers.

  4. I loved the series– I was part of the fan club and even created one of my own (with my two sisters… just for pretend). We’d even play out scenarios! I’d say as a kid, I was definitely Kristy, but I really adored Abby, Stacey and Shannon!

  5. i LOVED Claudia bc she was so cool with her art & fashion.totes didn’t do the crowd thing & i could relate to her not being the brain & had a hard time with her studies. also the fact that she was super close with her grandma, which i could relate too. zomg wish i still had my Claudia doll :

  6. A cross between Stacey and Mary Anne! I have the neatest handwriting, quiet and girly girl (when I like to be, at least) food-conscious, and a shopaholic!

  7. I am a Mary Ann no matter how much I would rather be a Dawn or Stacy. However, my parents bought me loads of these books and by the time I was 16 I had the market cornered on babysitting in my very small town. That was my job from the age of 11 to 17!

  8. Yes! My amiga Rosa and I are also BSC obsessed! Please see link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKDdq_ImDwE

  9. I always claimed I was a Dawn or a Stacy! I am probably most like a combination of Mary Ann and Dawn, though. But when Abby came along and became a member, I related to her humor most of all!

  10. I adored the babysitters, I love that you are writing about them! I was definitely a Mary Ann, but really wanted to be a Stacy. I still do :D x

  11. Oh girl, serious faux paus omitting Jessica, junior member: African American, who wanted to be a ballerina. Tsk.

    Clearly, I am a Kristy forever.

  12. I thought I was Kristy for sure!
    Remember the thicker Super Special books? They always had way more suspense to them, what page turners. Then they had the Mystery sub series too. Didn’t care too much for them though.

  13. Oh, I totally thought I was Kristy. We even share the same name, sort of. I used to go through these books in a day- day after day after day- talk about obsession. To think my mom recently pulled my collection from the attic and sold them in a yard sale for $5. $5! I spent my childhood fortune on those, the horror!

  14. Claudia had waaay to much of an effect on my childhood! My twin sister developed an obsession with diabetes after reading the Truth About Stacey. The film is incredible!

  15. I was a total Mary Ann, very bookish and shy, just with no boyfriend (insert tears). They actually had the film version of these books on demand a few months ago with Rachel Leigh Cook as Mary Ann and I am not ashamed to say I watched it…twice.

  16. I just fell in love when I saw the cover of one of my favorite childhood/early teenagehood books on here! You know, it’s ridiculously hard to say which one I am, haha! I’m definitely a mix. I was boy-crazy but very shy like Mary Anne, but I wanted to be like Claudia so I started dressing in a funky mix of clothing, but I’m also a ballerina like Jessie! I’d like to think I’m a good mix of the babysitters. ;-)

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  18. I totally identified with Claudia- I’m only half asian, but I lived on junk food (pop tarts and cheetos!) until I was about 22. Also, have you seen http://www.whatclaudiawore.com/ ???

  19. I CAN”T BELIEVE I FORGOT JESSIE. SO SORRY

  20. I totally related to Mary Anne when I read The Baby-sitters Club. She was shy and quiet…soooo not the adult I turned into! Now I’d be Claudia due to her obsession with sweets. :)