The Boxcar Children tells the story of four orphaned children, Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny. They create a home for themselves in an abandoned boxcar in the forest. They eventually meet their grandfather, who is a wealthy and kind man (although the children had believed him to be cruel). The children decide to live with the grandfather, who moves the beloved boxcar to his backyard so the children can use it as a playhouse.
Gertrude Chandler Warner was born in Putnam, Connecticut, on April 16, 1890, to Edgar and Jane Warner. Her family included a sister, Frances, and a brother, John. From the age of five, she dreamed of becoming an author. She wrote stories for her Grandfather Carpenter, and each Christmas she gave him one of these stories as a gift. Today, Ms. Warner is best remembered as the author of The Boxcar Children Mysteries.
We love the Boxcar Children! Generations of readers have enjoyed the adventures of Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny, and we’re excited to celebrate their insatiable curiosity and unwavering determination. They have shown us that making a difference in the world can be as simple as taking the time to understand others and working through challenges together.
We’ve got exciting plans! We’ve refreshed the look of The Boxcar Children brand to introduce the series to new readers, and launched an updated website to allow all readers to get to know the Alden siblings and explore their many adventures. Coming soon: new books,movies, and more fun stuff on this site!