Author ANN M. MARTIN introduced the Baby-Sitters Club series to readers more than 30 years ago. Now, for the first time, the popular books are available as audiobooks. All 131 titles were released on Audible on August 13. Actress Elle Fanning reads the first five books. The remaining titles will be read by other actresses.
Martin told TIME for Kids she hopes the new format will introduce the next generation of kids to the classic series. “Audiobooks are a great way to experience characters and stories,” she says.
The Baby-Sitters Club is a about group of friends who live in the fictional town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut, and run a babysitting service. How has the series been able to resonate with readers all these years? “I think what kids connect with the most in the series are the characters and their relationships with one another,” Martin says. “The characters are very different, but they all get along.”