In 1942, Gertrude Chandler Warner, a Connecticut grade school teacher, unveiled The Boxcar Children, her first book—she wrote 18 more—in what would become a cherished series of more than 150 titles. Since the
1960s, Albert Whitman & Company has been publishing the
Boxcar Children, and for the series’ 75th anniversary, the
artwork attached to the precocious, mystery-solving Alden
brood has taken a contemporary turn.
In celebration of this year’s milestone, there is a new five-book collection, the Boxcar Children Great Adventure, guided
Kids Being Kids
Get a New Look
By Alia Akkam
The Boxcar Children turn 75!
by a continuous arc that takes the siblings to glamorous
locales around the globe in search of rare, stolen artifacts. And
the fall brings a refreshed, 20-book set, including all the titles
written by Warner, that will further amplify the Boxcar Children’s present-day appeal, bolstered by an animated film adaptation of Warner’s second book, Surprise Island.
When The Boxcar Children debuted, illustrator L. Kate
Deal’s art “reflected the era and the story perfectly in their
simplicity and wholesomeness,” says Albert Whitman’s creative director, Jordan Kost. “This timeless design also under-