The Boxcar Children Celebrate 70th Anniversary!
Young readers have been following the adventures of Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny Alden for 70 years. They are as popular now as they were in 1942
when a first grade teacher from Connecticut, Gertrude Chandler Warner, wrote the first one. She wrote 18 more until her death in 1979.
Other authors began writing mysteries with the same characters and the series continued.
The series is a staple for chapter book readers, but there are now Boxcar Children beginning readers and graphic novels as well!
In honor of this major anniversary the publisher of these books, Albert Whitman, is re-issuing the series with updated covers. The first six titles
have been re-issued so far. Only the covers are changing, the inside art will stay in original form. They are also publishing a prequel
to the children's story written by the well-known children's author Patricia MacLachlan called The Boxcar Children Beginning: The Aldens at Fair Meadow Farm. It is on order for AADL.
The Boxcar Children have a website that includes related lists and activities.