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Give the Gift of Reading with The Boxcar Children

I have been a fan of The Boxcar Children books for many years.  Not only did I enjoy them as a child, I enjoyed them as an adult. My children enjoyed them when they were younger and my 19 year old was thrilled to curl up on the couch and read them yesterday.  The Boxcar Children books were written by Gertrude Chandler Warner and were originally published in 1924.  The Boxcar Children books tell the story of four orphaned children, Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny.  They make a home for themselves in an abandoned boxcar in the woods.  The Boxcar Children books are intended for children in grades 2 through 7 although I’ve found they appeal to all ages.  The series includes over 100 different books.

The Boxcar Children

In the beginning of the series, the children live alone in the boxcar in the woods, determined to stay together.  Eventually, their grandfather finds them and they slowly come to trust him and live with him at his home.  They always seem to become involved in adventures and mysteries and become amateur detectives to solve them. The first 19 books in this series were written by Gertrude Chandler Warner.  The others have been written by different authors.  The original 19 books were mostly written in the 1940s and 1950s.  The more recent books take place in the present day.

The books are really so much more than stories about the children solving mysteries.  The books are a look into type of lifestyle and self sufficiency that is almost forgotten today.  The children not only manage to live on their own, they manage to live quite well. They are polite and well behaved and work together with each other to stay safe.   The books are filled with stories of them picking blueberries and washing their clothes in the stream.  They find what they need to survive and make what they can. These books are definitely fun to read whether you are eight or 48.

This Fall marks the 70th anniversary of The Boxcar Children and the publisher is celebrating in a big way by publishing a PREQUEL to the series by Newbery award-winning author Patricia MacLaughlan! Visit The Boxcar Children website which contains, activity sheets, a series checklist, activity guides, and much more! Get to know Patricia MacLachlan, author of the Boxcar Children series prequel with this video.

One of my readers will win the Prequel and the first four books in a boxed set as pictured above (Value $49.98).

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About Ellen Christian

Ellen is a busy mom of two teenagers who left the corporate world in 2008 to focus on a more eco-friendly life. She lives in rural Vermont where she juggles family, two blogs and a career in social media.

Comments

  1. Heather Wone says:

    My daughter would love the “Boxcar Children Mystery & Activities Specials”

  2. My nephew would love the Boxcar Children Mysteries Boxed Set!

  3. from sea to shining sea- they look great
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  4. I like some of the specials, such as The Boxcar Children Summer Special: The Boxcar Children 3-in-1 Specials.

  5. Tami Vollenweider says:

    My Niece would like Lulu In The Duck Park

  6. Tami Vollenweider says:

    I entered the Cheddar Onion bacon Coupon

  7. Jennielle Potter says:

    I think my kids would like the mystery boxed set too!

  8. My son would like the The Sports Special: The Boxcar Children 3-in-1 Specials

  9. Alex Liz Robinson says:

    The THE MYSTERY AT SNOWFLAKE INN: BOXCAR CHILDREN MYSTERY & ACTIVITY SPECIAL #3 looks great!

  10. Victoria Zumbrum says:

    My son would love this.Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  11. we would like to read The Boxcar Children Halloween Special

  12. april yedinak says:

    I like the Boxcar Children Graphic Novels

  13. Tabitha Pyle says:

    i’d like the The Mystery on the Ice: Boxcar Children Mystery & Activity Special #1

  14. A Present for Grandfather: The Adventures of Benny and Watch #2

  15. Lana Bradstream says:

    The Mystery in the Old Attic — a mystery and activity special. 

  16. The pet shop mystery book

  17. I like The Spooky Special: The Boxcar Children 3-in-1 Specials

  18. christine weideman says:

    the boxcar children graphic novels would be great

  19. From Sea to Shining Sea: The Boxcar Children 3-in-1 Specials

  20. I’d like the The Pet Shop Mystery: Boxcar Children Mystery & Activity Special #7. (Nikki Marie on rafflecopter)

  21. my son would prob like the graphic novels

  22. Rosetta Glock says:

    The boxcar mystery sets! Heck I would love them too. I read these books as a kid! Thanks!

  23. The Candy Factory Mystery #18.

  24. My twin girls love The Boxcar Children…That is what I see from the site that my girls would love.

  25. I like THE MYSTERY AT SNOWFLAKE INN: BOXCAR CHILDREN MYSTERY & ACTIVITY SPECIAL #3

  26. mikehardware says:

    The prequel looks interesting. My daughter loved the original books.

  27. entered Mcdonalds

  28. The Mystery on the Ice: Boxcar Children Mystery & Activity Special #1

  29. Cheryl Chervitz says:

    I would like to read the A PRESENT FOR GRANDFATHER: THE ADVENTURES OF BENNY AND WATCH #2

  30. I would like the:
    BOXCAR CHILDREN GRAPHIC NOVELS

  31. Ruben Ramos says:

    Boxcar Children Mysteries Boxed Set

  32. I think the Lighthouse Mysteries look good too.
    Thanks for the chance.

  33. I didn’t know they had written any prequels.  They would be interesting to me!

  34. Devona Fryer says:

    Houseboat Mystery: A Graphic Novel, Boxcar Children Graphic Novels #16

  35. I’d love my daughter to read The Yellow House Mystery: The Boxcar Children Mysteries #3

  36. golden storm says:

    The Dog Lovers’ Special: The Boxcar Children 3-in-1 Specials is very cute i would love this for my grandson

  37. Kathryn Anne Merkel says:

    I’ve heard of this series, but never read it myself.  I would like the bookshelf set of 12 books.

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  38. The Mystery at Snowflake Inn: Boxcar Children Mystery & Activity Special #3
    Thanks
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  39. My kids and I would enjoy the mystery boxed set. We love a good mystery! We also love the Boxcar Children – great giveaway and post!

  40. I would love any of these books!! But do I have to share them with my kids? ;) This was my FAVORITE book series as a kid!!

  41. Pamela Wilson says:

    The Adventures of Benny and Watch look like something my granddaughter would greatly enjoy.

  42. snowbound mystery looks like a great book

  43. Sharon Kaminski says:

    mystery boxed set 

  44. Love that they have activity sheets and specials to go with the books!

  45. dog lovers 3 in 1 special set

  46. Amy Miller says:

    My son would love Lilu in the Duck Pack

  47. My nephew would love The Boxcar Children graphic novel :)

  48. Elizabeth Wisniewski says:

    I’d like  The Adventures of Benny & Watch

  49. virgomomwriter says:

    The Boxcar Children mysteris look intriguing…

  50. JAMES LYNAM says:

    MY GRAND CHILDREN THE BOXCAR CHILDREN GRAPHIC NOVEL.

  51. These were my favorite books as a child so I’d really love to read the prequel!

  52. Michelle Frame says:

    I love the The Adventures of Benny and Watch #5

  53. I love books, they all look great!

  54. I’d get the benny and watch adventures

  55. Heidi Daily says:

    The adventures of Benny and Watch books would be good as well

  56. Kendra Krebs says:

    The activity sheets look great!

  57. they’d like the dog lover’s special

  58. My son would love to read any of the sports related mystery books!

  59. Marcie Vargas says:

    The Graphic Novels

  60. Megan Parsons says:

    My daughter would love this book:  The Mystery Horse: The Boxcar Chilren Mysteries #34

  61. tracy webb says:

    Any of the graphic novels.

  62. Cassandra Aubut says:

    Benny and Watch! 

  63. Daily Woman (Lacey) says:

    I love the Graphic Novels.

  64. Andrea Williams says:

    I think my son would also enjoy the graphic novels.

  65. I’d like the Boxcar Children mysteries boxed set.

  66. I would love the special edition hardcover book

  67. We’d like The Boxcar Children® Graphic Novels Boxed Set (Books 1-6)

  68. domestic diva says:

    The Boxcar Children mystery boxed set also sounds great.

  69. The mysteries look good!

  70. Stephanie Hirsch says:

    I’d love to try the graphic novels, my girls would love it!

  71. From Sea to Shining Sea: The Boxcar Children 3-in-1 Specials

  72. The adventures of Benny and Watch

  73. nannypanpan says:

    i like the mystery at snowflake inn
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  74. Teresa Moore says:

    My daughter loves the Boxcar children. She probably like The Dog Lovers’ Special 3in1 book.

  75. Stephanie Larison says:

    Meet the Boxcar Children: The Adventures of Benny and Watch #1

    I remember reading the Boxcar Children books when I was younger, and I loved them! I’m glad to see these are still around for my daughter to love them also. Thanks for the chance!

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  77. Linda Romo says:

    The Adventures of Benny and Watch.  I’m sure they are super cute books.

  78. My boys would love the The Sports Special: The Boxcar Children 3-in-1 Specials

  79. Amy Brewer says:

    the boxcar 3 in 1 specials look nice. Also the we love our pets (dogs) ( i think that is what it was called).

  80. ADVENTURES OF BENNY & WATCH

  81. entered 11 contests

  82. Mayla Moore says:

    They all look like they would be good to read! I think my son would like Surprise Island: The Boxcar Children Mysteries #2.

  83. Mayla Moore says:

    I entered the Beecology Soaps & Lip Balm contest.

  84. Susan Smith says:

    I like The Spooky Special: The Boxcar Children 3-in-1 Specials

  85. Rachael Henzman says:

    Would love the Boxcar Children: A Graphic Novel, Boxcar Children Graphic Novels #1 Thanks for the giveaway!

  86. The Mystery at the Fair: Boxcar Children Mystery and Activity Special #6

  87. Clarinda Olenslager says:

    the prequel

  88. Jenny Stanek says:

    The Adventures of Benny & Watch series

  89. Jan Messali says:

    I’d also like to have Adventures of Benny & Watch#2 a Present for Grandfather.

  90. Jan Messali says:

    I entered the Beecology giveaway.

  91. Velvet Hubler says:

    I also like the Meet the Boxcar Children: The Adventures of Benny and Watch #1

  92. Boxcar Children Mystery on the Ice

  93. I’d like the activity sheets that go along with them.

  94. jodi frasier says:

    I like the http://www.boxcarchildren.com/content.cfm/boxcar-children-book-detail/2-Surprise-Island

  95. They mystery books.  thanks

  96. i’d also like Lulu In The Duck Park

  97. the graphic novels look good. thank you for the giveaway

  98. I would love to share http://www.boxcarchildren.com/content.cfm/boxcar-children-book-detail/The-Boxcar-Children–Mysteries-The-Dog-Lovers-Special with my daughter.

  99. jenny green says:

    My son would love the sppoky special

  100. I loved the Boxcar Children growing up! I would pick the graphic novels.

  101. The mystery boxed set would be great!

  102. I want to try the activity guides

  103. Sherry Compton says:

    I like the Dog lover’s Special
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  104. Jeanette Mays says:

    I think the BOXCAR ACTIVITY GUIDES are pretty neat.

  105. The Adventures of Benny & Watch books look like they would be fun as well.

  106. Jennifer Rote says:

    The Mystery on the Ice: Boxcar Children Mystery & Activity Special #1

  107. Kaci Harrison says:
  108. I’d like the Boxcar Children Graphic novels

  109. christine jessamine says:

    i would love to read the adventures of benny and watch

  110. Francine Anchondo says:

    Tree House Mystery: The Boxcar Children Mysteries #14

  111. Sherry Compton says:

    entered Swiss Diamond giveaway

  112. Sherry Compton says:

    entered Crafted Candle giveaway

  113. Sherry Compton says:

    entered Gourmet Gifts for Foodies

  114. Sherry Compton says:

    entered coffee giveaway

  115. Sherry Compton says:

    entered Oscar scarf giveaway

  116. Would also love to have Monkey Trouble: The Boxcar, it sounds like something my kids would love.

  117. heather eg kaufman says:

    The Candy Factory Mystery #18

  118. Alison Wood says:

    Anything Boxcar Children. I loved the series growing up, and would really like to get my stepdaughter started on them.

  119. I would love to win these for my 5 kids ages 3 to 13.   Thanks for the chance!

  120. my nephew would love it!

  121. Miz Vickik says:

    I’d love to win the Boxcar set for my daughter!

  122. My daughter loves the Boxcar books.

  123. Karen Gonyea says:

    “Boxcar Children Mystery & Activities Specials”

  124. I like The Adventures of Benny and Watch. I’m not familiar with that series, but I love the Boxcar children. 
    I ‘m commenting on “Abe Lincoln Wishes you A Happy Thanksgiving’. This small post has a lot of information that many children may not know. I wonder how many know that Abe Lincoln proclaimed the 4th Thursday in November as Thanksgiving. 
    I have 2  second grade grandson’s who read a little above level. I think they would LOVE these books. If I was blessed enough to win , I don’t know how I would;d decide!! Thanks so much for this opportunity. 

  125. I would love the graphic novel versions for my students!

  126. Tracy Allen says:

    Adventures of Benny and Watch Set

  127. The graphic novels look great!

  128. I’d love the THE PILGRIM VILLAGE MYSTERY: BOXCAR CHILDREN MYSTERY & ACTIVITY SPECIAL #5 :)

  129. The Graphic Novels

  130. That is hard there is a lot of books my 12 year old would like to have.

  131. Kellie Conklin says:

    This graphic novel: The Lighthouse Mystery: A Graphic Novel, Boxcar Children Graphic Novels #14 looks really good to me as well! Thanks!

  132. amanda whitley says:

    THE BOXCAR CHILDREN BEGINNING: THE ALDENS OF FAIR MEADOW FARM

  133. My daughter wants all of the Boxcar series, but especially the Blue Bay Mystery!

  134. I’d love the Boxcar Children Graphic Novels. I adored these books when I was a kid!!!

  135. Adventures of Benny & Watch

  136. I like BENNY GOES INTO BUSINESS: THE ADVENTURES OF BENNY AND WATCH #5

  137. Deborah Wallin says:

    The Windy City Mystery: Boxcar Children Mystery & Activity Special #10

  138. Brenda Elsner says:

    I like the 3-1 specials

  139. I’d like to have the The Pet Shop Mystery: Boxcar Children Mystery & Activity Special #7 :)

  140. Angela Winesburg says:

    The Boxcar Children Halloween Special

  141. Lulu and the Duck in the Park.

  142. Melissa Haggerty says:

    I would love the next set, Boxcar Children Box Set #2.

  143. Tree House Mystery: The Boxcar Children Mysteries #14

  144. jessica schueler says:

    Adventures of Benny & Watch

  145. carol lewis says:

    I LOVE OVE LOVE From Sea to Shining Sea!

  146. Vikki Billings says:

    My grandson would love this, The Dog Lovers’ Special: The Boxcar Children 3-in-1 Specials- he loves dogs

  147. krista grandstaff says:

    My daughter would like the special 3 in 1 sets like the The Boxcar Children Halloween Special: The Boxcar Children :)

  148. The Adventures of Benny & Watch. I didn’t know there was another series. My daughter loves the Boxcar books. Thanks!

  149. shirley zolenski says:

    I like Pip and the Wood Witch Curse: A Spindlewood Tale (Book 1)

  150. Cassandra M says:
  151. Box car kids sports special

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