Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of The Boxcar Children with New Cover Art & An Exciting Prequel!

Disclosure:  I received no monetary compensation for this post.  I received complimentary books for the purposes for this and future reviews.  All opinions are my own.

Growing up, both Darren and I were avid readers.  We each had certain books that we read over and over again, and our mothers chose to save some our most favorite titles.  When Raileigh was born, they each passed down a box of books that had belonged to us as a child.

The majority of the books that my mom saved were picture books.  I’ve been enjoying these titles with Raileigh for several years now, since long before she could read them herself.

When Raileigh began reading last spring, there was truly no stopping her.  She went from reading level 1 “learn to read” books to rather  involved chapter books virtually overnight.  Before I even had time to blink, it was time to pull out Darren’s favorite childhood stories– The Boxcar Children.

Darren was thrilled to hand his well-loved books to our daughter.  However, she wasn’t quite as receptive as we’d hoped.  In fact, she told us that she wasn’t interested in reading these books.  We offered them to her on multiple occasions, explaining the plot and exciting characters in the stories.  Yet, the response continued to be the same.

It wasn’t long before she completely read through each of her favorite book series and I began exploring other options that she might enjoy.  That’s when I rediscovered The Boxcar Children.

This iconic series was written by Gertrude Chandler Warner in 1942, and so last year marked the 70th anniversary of The Boxcar Children.  A wonderful publishing company called Albert Whitman & Company updated the look of the series with new cover art from Tim Jessel.

Plus, Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan released a book entitled The Boxcar Children Beginning: The Aldens of Fair Meadow Farm. Now, fans of all ages can discover who Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden were . . . before they were The Boxcar Children.

After seeing the all-new modern covers and this exciting new prequel, I decided to once again see if my avid little reader might just enjoy The Boxcar Children.  Albert Whitman sent us the prequel, as well as the first 10 books in the series.

I wasn’t prepared for my daughter’s reaction.

She was so excited to delve into the story of The Boxcar Children.  I don’t know if it was the new cover art or the allure of a brand spanking new book.  Whatever it was, she was hooked from the moment the books arrived.

In fact, Raileigh sat down and read The Boxcar Children Beginning: The Aldens of Fair Meadow Farm from cover to cover that very evening.  She just couldn’t put it down.  Though the stories take place long ago, she was intrigued by them.  She asked me questions about the differences in our lives and to explain words to her that were unfamiliar.  For example, they word “dishtub” is used in the book, and Raileigh had no idea what that is.

The Boxcar Children has opened an entire new world for Raileigh.  She is currently reading though the series, already inquiring when the next books will arrive {even though she isn’t quite done with the first ten yet!}.

I look forward to sharing our continued journey with The Boxcar Children with each of you.  I encourage you to share this delightful and timeless series with your children as well.