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The Baby-Sitters Club Wiki

Ann Matthews Martin (born on August 12th, 1955) is the author of The Baby Sitters Club series. She was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and is a graduate of Smith College.

She now lives in the Hudson River Valley area of New York State. Ann used to be an editor of children's books and is now a full-time writer. Ann also used to be a teacher.

Characters & Ideas for the BSC[]

Many of the ideas for Ann's books come from her own personal experiences, while some are based on childhood memories and feelings. Others are about contemporary problems or events.

Ann's best friend growing up was the model for the character of Kristy Thomas, while Ann based Mary Anne Spier on herself. Claudia and Janine's relationship was based on the relationship that Ann had with her own sister, Jane, growing up, with Ann in Janine's role and Jane in Claudia's role. Ann names her characters in many ways: she either chooses names of people she knows or chooses names she likes. Kristy is her favorite Baby-Sitters Club member. All the members of the Baby-sitters Club are fictional characters.


Ann likes I Love Lucy, the beach, and ice cream. Ann did a lot of babysitting growing up, right through college! Due to her experiences babysitting she finds writing about babysitting fun and easy. Ann also likes reading, sewing, and needlework.


Ann has four cats, Gussie, Ollie, Pippen, and Woody, and a dog, Sadie. She used to have two cats, Mouse and Rosie.

Favorite Authors[]

Ann was inspired to become an author by her favourite authors : Lewis Carroll (probably how she came up with Lewis Bruno in Book #50 Dawn's Big Date), P. L. Travers, Hugh Lofting, Astrid Lindgren (probably how she came up with the name for the dog Astrid in Book #11 Kristy and the Snobs), and Roald Dahl.

Ann M. Martin Foundation[]

In 1990, Ann created the Ann M. Martin Foundation, which provides grants to causes benefiting children, education/literacy programs, homeless people, and animals.


  • Her outlines, drafts, and related papers have been donated to Smith College and available for people to read called the Ann M. Martin Papers.
  • She hates to cook.
  • She knits clothes for children in need.

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Personal History Photos[]

The end of each California Diaries ebook, produced by Open Road Media, included a mini autobiography with pictures entitled "A Personal History by Ann M. Martin".



RARE Ann M. Martin Interview - 1992