February 22, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Fresh Approaches—Noteworthy New Editions and Reissues: Celebrating 70 Years with ‘The Boxcar Children’

Gertrude Chandler Warner’s novel about four orphaned siblings who run away and take up residence in an abandoned boxcar in the woods was first published in 1942, launching a series that would remain popular with young readers for decades and become a staple in library, classroom, and home collections. The “Boxcar Children Mysteries” oeuvre (Albert Whitman) now encompasses 130 titles, and the concept has been expanded into other formats, including an easy reader series and graphic novels. To mark the 70th anniversary, Albert Whitman is re-launching the series with a fresh new book design and is also publishing a prequel written by Newbery-Medalist Patricia MacLachlan.

Fresh Approaches: Noteworthy New Editions and Reissues—Picture Book Plums: Anniversary Titles and Compilations

Ideal for helping youngsters wind down from a busy day, The Family Bedtime Treasury: Tales for Sleepy Times and Sweet Dreams (HMH, 2012; PreS-Gr 3) presents a cozy collection of eight beautifully reproduced slumber-themed picture books and eight illustrated poems. The offerings represent an enticing variety of storytelling moods and artistic styles guaranteed to hold the eye and ear of young listeners.