Raina Telgemeier is the author and illustrator of the first four Baby-sitters Club graphic novels.

Raina Telgemeier

BSC Graphic Novels PublishedEdit

Non Baby-sitters Club booksEdit

  • Smile
  • Sisters
  • Drama
  • Ghosts
  • Guts

Book description Edit

Raina Telgemeier is the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning creator of Smile and Sisters, which are both graphic memoirs on her childhood. She is also the creator of Drama, which was named a Stonewell Honor Book and was selected for YALSA's Ten Graphic Novels for Teens. Raina lives in the San Francisco Bay area. To learn more, visit her online at

Life Edit

Personal life Edit

Telgemeier was born May 26, 1977 in San Francisco. In her pre-teen years, Telgemeier suffered a serious mouth injury that required several years of dental and orthodontic surgery, (which is described in her 2010 graphic novel Smile). She was viciously teased by her friends, prompting her to partially withdraw into her love of drawing until she lost her patience with the abuse when they publicly humiliated her. She eventually found new friends of better character in high school who appreciated her artistic talent, increasing her confidence. With that encouragement, she studied illustration at New York's School Of Visual Arts, and currently lives in Queens, New York. She is married to Dave Roman, who is also a cartoonist.


Smile, one of Raina’s most beloved graphic novels

Telgemeier was nominated for the 2005 Eisner Award for Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition, and the 2003 Ignatz Awar in the categories of Promising New Talent and Outstanding Mini-comic. She was awarded Friends of Lulu's Kimberly Yale Award for Best New Talent in 2003. She has twice been nominated for the Web Cartoonists' Choice Award for Outstanding Slice-of-Life webcomic, for Smile.

She was known to be the creator of the first four graphic novel adaptations of Ann M. Martin's The Baby-sitters Club series for Scholastic/Graphix: Kristy's Great Idea, The Truth About StaceyMary Anne Saves the Day, and Claudia and Mean Janine.

Trivia Edit

  • In her novel Sisters, Raina said The Baby-Sitters Club book series was her favorite book series.
  • It is possible that Liz from her graphic novel Drama is named after Liz Lewis, since The Truth About Stacey (which is Liz's only appearance) was published into a graphic novel.
  • One of Raina's helpers making Drama was Gale Galligan, who also made the graphic novels for Dawn and the Impossible Three, Kristy's Big Day, and Boy-Crazy Stacey.


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