50 Books Real Simple Readers Love
The Boxcar Children, by Gertrude Chandler Warner
I couldn’t read until second grade. That’s when I started a new school and the librarian read to us during our library time.
We started with #1 of The Boxcar Children books, and I was hooked. I’m now an English teacher. —Miranda Jackson
It’s when I first understood that I could live so many different lives by reading the stories of others. —Sari Totten Olschewski
When I was in third grade, my teacher read The Boxcar Children to us. The whole class looked forward to the end of the day. I am now 65 and my third-grade teacher is in her 80s. We have kept in touch over all of these years. Many years later, I went back to teach at that same school and my third-grade teacher was still there. I thank her for my love of children’s literature. —Andrea Swensen Ferry
Sometime, no matter how old I am, I plan to read it again. —Lois Peloquin
It made me love reading and mysteries! —Sheila Gibson
I couldn’t wait to finish one to move on to the next one. —Charlotte Guilliams
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