Ann M. Martin Author Study
Ignite your students' love of books with an author who "gets children to read." — New York Magazine
- Grades: 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Ann M. Martin's momentous series The Baby-Sitter's Club sold over 176 million copies, inspired a generation of young readers, and marked Martin as an author who "gets children to read," (New York Times Magazine) and who "rules the paperback roost" (Publisher's Weekly).
In addition to penning the tween-pleasing BSC — and its several spin-offs — this notable author has collaborated with favorite author Paula Danziger on P.S. Longer Letter Later and Snail Mail No More, and with Laura Godwin on the Brian Selznick illustrated The Doll People and The Meanest Doll in the World. In addition, Martin created and wrote the appealing Main Street series and several stand-along novels, including the Newbery Honor-winning A Corner of the Universe.
With such a wonderful catalog of books to her name and as a proven charmer of children, The New York Times best-selling author Ann M. Martin is an excellent choice for an author study.
Start your author study by reading a short biography of Ann M. Martin and choosing some of her books to read — titles in the Main Street and The Baby-Sitters Club series, or one of her stand-alone novels, many of which have free teaching resources, such as author read-alouds, booktalks, and discussion guides.
Additional Author Resources
Enrich your future author studies by taking advantage of our collection of biographies and interviews with the best-loved authors in children's literature.
The Baby-Sitter's Club Teaching Resources
It's the last day of school and you and your best friends are so excited to start your summer. You'll spend all of your free time together and hang out non-stop, right? For Kristy, Mary Anne and Claudia, their summer isn't quite so simple.
In this full-length interview, Ann M. Martin answers questions from Kid Reporter Gopa Praturi about revamping the Baby-Sitters Club books, new additions to the series, and how she manages to write so many books.
Main Street Teaching Resources
Ann M. Martin encourages kids to get creative with her book Welcome to Camden Falls, the first installment of the Main Street series.
Teaching Resources for Other Novels
Ann M. Martin reads aloud an excerpt from the opening chapter of A Dog's Life.
Throughout the course of the summer, Hattie learns more about herself as she interacts with Adam and Leila and grapples with the issues her family has kept hidden all these years.
Ann M. Martin reads aloud an excerpt from the opening chapter of A Corner of the Universe.
Belle Teal Harper lives with her mother and grandmother, a "family of women," in the country outside her small town. But when school begins, Belle Teal has many challenges to face.