12 Days of Bookbed Recs: ‘The Baby-sitters Club’ series by Ann M. Martin

by KB Meniado The Baby-sitters Club was the first book series I collected growing up, and so every reread takes me back to childhood. I rediscover Kristy Thomas’s can-do attitude and her single mom-led household; Claudia Kishi’s passion for art and her addiction to sweets; Stacey McGill’s city-girl sophistication and her daily life with diabetes; Mary Anne Spier’s thoughtfulness and stellar organizational skills; Dawn Schafer’s individualism and her healthier options to life; Mallory Pike’s writer dream and big family dynamics; Jessi Ramsey’s love for ballet and her strong determination in life. I loved them so much to the point I actually…

Tosses and Turns: My Top 5 Childhood Literary Superheroes

by KB Meniado Welcome to Tosses and Turns, where I rant-chant about whatever reading-related issue that has been keeping me up at night. Before you worry about my slumber schedule, let it be known that I’ve had a pretty easy time choosing this topic, thanks to the annual International Women’s Day celebration. Which, of course, led me to this idea of sharing my childhood literary superheroes! 5. JUDY ABBOTT of Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster This is a case of I-watched-it-before-I-read-it but Judy’s too superb not to be in this list. In spite of her circumstances, she achieved her dreams of an education…