The Box-Car Children - Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Box-Car Children

By Gertrude Chandler Warner

  • Release Date: 2021-06-30
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 312 Ratings


An Apple Books Classic edition.

Gertrude Chandler Warner was a first-grade teacher when she wrote The Boxcar Children about orphaned siblings Henry, Jess, Violet, and Benny Alden. The Alden kids face two choices: Go live with a grandfather they’ve never met, or find a place of their own to call home. They choose the latter, eventually taking shelter in an abandoned boxcar hidden in the middle of a forest. Soon, older brother Henry finds a job, while the girls cook, clean, and take care of little Benny. The foursome decorate their home with “treasures” from a nearby garbage dump and even build a pool—but just when they’re feeling secure and settled, Violet falls ill, forcing the Aldens to seek medical care in town.

This delightful children’s book was so well received, Warner wrote 18 more books about the Aldens before her death. Ghostwriters continued her work, writing over 140 additional Boxcar books. Discover for yourself why people around the world still read this beloved series.


  • Boxcar children.

    By wycollins
    This story was read to us as children 70 years ago and never forgotten.
  • Wholesome

    By Lexylu100000000
    Such a wholesome story of a young family that loves each other and takes care of each other. A beautiful and calming read. Perfect for reading to you children.
  • Charming

    By BobertJMurphy
    This book is full of kindness.
  • Amazing book that hits me with nostalgia every time

    By kaiguy2007
    This book is an amazing classic which takes you back to your younger days and hits every heartstring along the way. It’s a great story about 4 kids, lwho learn the importance of taking care of each other and gives a fantastic message about family
  • Heart warming

    By browneyesfishin
    A great story of 4 children living on their own. Very heart warming
  • Absolutely the best children’s series

    By ADB1982
    I read these series in the 80s and 90s when I was little, and I still think they’re wonderful. There are a TON of books and I love them all. Anne of Green Gables and Boxcar Children are probably the best things you can ever read as a young girl :). (And anything by Joan Lowry Nixon if you love a mystery!)
  • The Boxcar Children

    By 86Amysss86
    Fun little read.
  • Classic

    By Hiking01
    I read the box car children at age 6, looking for a book in the library about trains. Finished it again at age 52 with warmth in my heart and a grin on my face about the wonder of adventure with family.
  • Got me into reading

    By Zakaluu
    This book and the following ones were what gave me a love for reading. It was good to go back to it and read it again.