The BSC Graphic Novels are graphic novel versions of the Baby-Sitters Club books, which began publication in 2006. The graphic novels have the same plots as the original books, but sometimes minor continuity details have been changed. There are fourteen books currently planned, with two coming out per year starting in 2021.
From 2006-2008, four graphic novels by Raina Telgemeier were published by Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, with illustrations in black and white. Telgemeier chose to illustrate BSC book #7, Claudia and Mean Janine, rather than BSC book #2, Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls, because she felt it gave more insight into Claudia's character.
Later in 2015, after the popularity of some of Telgemeier's other books, the first four graphic novels were re-released in full color. Because they continued to be popular, more are being produced with new authors and illustrators: Gale Galligan for graphic novels #5-8, and Gabriela Epstein and Chan Chau alternating for graphic novels #9-12, with the artists for #13-14 to be announced.
Kristy's Great Idea was picked by YALSA for their 2007 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list, as well as ALA's Booklist 2007 Top Ten Graphic Novels for Youth.
Graphic Novels Published
|#1 Kristy's Great Idea||April 2006 (B&W)
April 2015 (Color)
|#2 The Truth About Stacey||Nov 2006 (B&W)
July 2015 (Color)
|#3 Mary Anne Saves the Day||Sept 2007 (B&W)
Sept 2015 (Color)
|#4 Claudia and Mean Janine||Nov 2008 (B&W)
Jan 2016 (Color)
|#5 Dawn and the Impossible Three||Sept 2017||Gale Galligan|
|#6 Kristy's Big Day||Aug 2018||Gale Galligan|
|#7 Boy-Crazy Stacey||Sept 2019||Gale Galligan|
|#8 Logan Likes Mary Anne!||Sept 2020||Gale Galligan|
|#9 Claudia and the New Girl||Feb 2021||Gabriela Epstein|
|#10 Kristy and the Snobs||Sept 2021||Chan Chau|
|#11 Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye||Feb 2022||Gabriela Epstein|
|#12 Jessi's Secret Language||Sept 2022||Chan Chau|
|#13 Mary Anne's Bad Luck Mystery||Jan 2023||Cynthia Yuan Cheng|
- In Dawn and the Impossible Three when Stacey and Claudia are counting the Pike kids, Vanessa Pike, is seen reading Ghosts, written by Raina Telgemeier, who was the original illustrator of the graphic novels. This likely might make fun of the Ghosts cameo of Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne, Stacey, Dawn, Karen, and David Michael.
- According to the illustration of Vanessa reading Ghosts, if you read the actual book, on the still where Catrina (the protagonist) goes to the fountain at the Day of the Dead party, you can see Kristy, Mary Anne, Stacey, Dawn, Claudia, Karen, and possibly David Michael in the crowd.
- In Raina Telgemeier's book Sisters one of her character's presents is "the newest Baby-Sitters Club book" for Christmas.
- Gale Galligan‘s drawing technique is different from Raina's: Even when the character is not surprised, their are always large showing the white part of it; the character‘s teeth are always shown when the character‘s mouth is open.
- There seems to be no pattern as to which book will come after.
Black and White edition front covers (#1-4)
Full Color front covers (#1-12)
Beginning of Book Character Profiles
These profiles introduce the graphic novel reader to the current club members and their names and images. Books #1-3 used the same profile pictures (but with differently colored backgrounds). Book #4 introduced new member Dawn. Book #5 introduced new illustrator Gale Galligan, so the profile is drawn differently. Book #6 introduced new member Mallory and showed new illustrations. Book #7 keeps the same profile but with a different background color.
Stills and Pictures
- How the Graphic Novels are made
- Scholastic Adds More Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels - Nov 15, 2019
- List of things found in the BSC Graphic Novels
- Raina Telgemeier
- Gale Galligan
- Gabriela Epstein
- Chan Chau
- Baby-Sitters Little Sister (Graphic Novels)