Throwback Thursday: The Baby-sitters Club extras

For my last Throwback Thursday post, I went down to the Scholastic Archive and found a bunch of the #1s of the Baby-sitters Club series. As Scholastic librarian Deimosa and I walked up and down the aisles, I noticed lots of other BSC tie-in books that weren't included in the numbered series, but that still pinged my sense of nostalgia. Do you remember any of these books?

The Baby-sitters Club Notebook

A handy guide for anyone looking to start their own BSC. It includes tips for dealing with parents, babies, healthy recipes, jokes, and a place to log clients and how much money you've earned.

The Baby-sitters Club Postcard Book

This book contains tearaway postcards featuring the beautiful artwork from all the BSC covers! Deimosa told me she has this book, and thinks it's too much pressure to actually mail the postcards out, so she only sends them to her sister so she can always get them back. A quality tactic!

(A postcard featuring the cover art from Baby-sitters Club Super Special #2: Baby-sitters' Summer Vacation)

The Baby-sitters Club Chain Letter and The Baby-sitters Club Secret Santa

These are the two books that I definitely remember owning in elementary and middle school. These books include letters, cards, and other "handwritten" notes from the atual members of the BSC (and some letters from Karen Brewer, star of the Little Sister spin-off series). In some cases, you have to open the envelopes to take out the note! (And some are filled with confetti, which I recently just learned. What a mess; thanks Mary Anne!) Sometimes you'd find a photo strip, necklace, or even a friendship bracelet but honestly, what I was most interested in was obsessing over everyone's handwriting!

A letter from Claudia to Dawn (complete with friendship bracelet!)

Logan's Secret Santa gift to Mallory

Special thanks to Librarian Deimosa Webber-Bey for her ongoing help with this series!

Gina Asprocolas