Today is Ann M. Martin’s birthday!
Possibly best known for the beloved The Baby-sitters Club series, Ms. Martin has been writing children’s books for 30 years! Besides The Baby-sitters Club and accompanying Super Specials, Ms. Martin has penned the series Baby-sitters Club Mysteries, Baby-sitters Little Sister, Baby-sitters Club Friends Forever, BSC Graphix, Main Street, The Kids of Ms. Colman’s Class, and California Diaries. Ms. Martin has also written many novels for kids, including A Dog’s Life, Belle Teal, Here Today, Everything For a Dog, The Doll People, and Ten Rules For Living With My Sister.
Before writing books full-time, Ms. Martin was a teacher and then a children’s book editor. Writing has always been a joy for Ms. Martin–she even had her mother write down stories for her before she was able to write! Even though the characters in her books are made up, they are sometimes based on real people. Ms. Martin also gets ideas for her books from real life, childhood experiences, and current events.
Ms. Martin is still busy writing today! Her newest series is called Family Tree. The first book, Better to Wish, is set in Maine during the 1930s and 1940s, and tells the story of Abby. Each future book in the series will tell the story of another generation–Abby’s daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter.
When Ms. Martin isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, needlework, and sewing, and carries out her duties as president of the Ann M. Martin Foundation, established “to provide financial support to causes benefiting children; arts, education, and literacy programs; as well as stray and abused animals.”
We have a lot of Ms. Martin’s books here at the library for you to check out. Help us celebrate her birthday by reading one of her many great stories!
More On the Web
- Visit Ms. Martin on Facebook and Twitter
- Find out Ms. Martin’s Top Ten Baby-sitters Club books
- Check out New York Public Library’s author chat with Ms. Martin
- For some online Baby-sitters Club fun and games, check out the series’ new site