This article is in collaboration with Albert Whitman & Company.
If you have ever daydreamed about living in a boxcar in the forest and going on adventures with your favorite playmates, you might be a fellow childhood fan of The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner. These books are childhood gold and continue to stir up fond memories for all of us as time marches on. From children and parents alike, we love to love The Boxcar Children because of their curious, adventurous and independent spirit that the best summer plans are made of! Thanks to Albert Whitman & Company, young children who are not quite ready for chapter books yet can enjoy reading about the Alden family too with The Boxcar Children Early Reader Set.
As a part of the Time to Read® program, The Boxcar Children Early Reader Set is a Level 2, which is geared towards ages 5-7, grades K-2. This facilitates an easy transition from picture books to chapter books and continues children on their journey toward becoming confident readers. Included in this set are:
- The Boxcar Children – The only way they can stay together as a family is to make it on their own. So when the children find an abandoned boxcar in the woods, they decide to call it home—and become the Boxcar Children!
- Surprise Island – The Aldens spend the summer on Grandfather’s island! Joe, the island’s friendly handyman, helps them with anything they need, but as the children continue to explore their summer home, they realize there is more to the island—and to their new friend—than meets the eye.
- The Yellow House Mystery – Years ago, a man disappeared from the yellow house on Surprise Island. Why? The Aldens have found a clue to the mystery!
- Mystery Ranch – The Aldens head to their aunt’s ranch for the summer and make an amazing discovery!
All of these books are illustrated after the artwork from the animated film The Boxcar Children released in 2014. This tie-in may pique the interest of new readers only familiar with the film.
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A big thanks to Amy from the WRITE Balance for writing this introductory article.
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