Fans of The Baby-Sitters Club, the late 80's, early 90's book series that turned in to a cultural phenomenon that influenced an entire generation of young girls were thrilled to learn that Netflix was turning it into a new limited edition series set to air on the streaming network. Now fans have even more reason to celebrate as The Baby-Sitters Little Sister, a spin-off book series that focused on Karen Brewer, the younger stepsister of BSC character Kristy that launched in 1990 is now going to be adapted into graphic novels by Scholastic’s Graphix imprint.
Publishers Weekly announced that The Baby-Sitters Little Sister, which consisted of 128 different titles, will be adapted into graphic novels aimed at children between the ages of 7 and 10. Ann M. Martin’s The Baby-Sitters Club books have already been adapted into graphic novels and she says she's thrilled to see the spin-off series get the same treatment. “It’s incredible to see the success of the graphic novel adaptations of The Baby-Sitters Club books, and I’m thrilled that now Scholastic is releasing the Little Sister series as graphic novels as well. I loved writing about Kristy’s little stepsister Karen and can’t wait to see the pages come to life once again!”
The first book to be given the graphic novel treatment will be The Baby-Sitters Little Sister Book 1: Karen’s Witch which will be available at the end of this year followed by the second book available in July of 2020. The publishers are looking at releasing two graphic novels each year.
Cassandra Pelham Fulton, executive editor at Scholastic Graphix explained that the BSLB graphic novels, illustrated by Katy Farina, a Los Angeles-based animator, will feature larger illustrations to appeal to a younger audience. “Katy’s page layouts will feel a bit simpler for younger readers, with fewer and larger panels on each page,” Fulton explained. “Her kid-friendly illustrations are clean and confident, with just the right touch of humor.”
This is great news for those that grew up reading The Baby-Sitters Club and The Baby-Sitters Little Sister because, with these graphic novels and the new Netflix series, the characters that so many have grown up loving are now being introduced to an entirely new generation of younger children, tweens and teens. The stories are still relevant to today's youth and parents are thrilled to be able to share them with their own children.