About the Boxcar Children Series

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.

 

The Boxcar Series through the Years

About the Author

1979

 

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.

The Boxcar Children
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To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of The Boxcar Children®, Albert Whitman & Company and Hammerhead Productions are sponsoring a nationwide contest to select a child between the ages of 5 and 14 to win a part in the animated movie Surprise Island, which is set to launch in fall 2017.