Gertrude Chandler Warner (Children’s Author)

Gertrude Chandler Warner

Gertrude Chandler Warner was an American author, mainly of children’s stories. She was most famous for writing the original book of The Boxcar Children and for the next eighteen books in the series.

Born: April 16, 1890, Putnam, Connecticut
Died: August 30, 1979, Connecticut
Nationality: American
Known for: The Boxcar Children

About Gertrude Chandler Warner

Creator of the popular children’s series The Boxcar Children, which was first published in 1924 and which, under different authorship, continued well into the 21st century.

Before Fame

She began teaching first grade in 1918, since most of the male teachers were off fighting in World War I.


Her books were extremely popular with children, though critics charged that the lack of parental supervision in them might spur childhood rebellion.

Family Life

She was born into a musical family and began learning the cello while she was young.


Her favorite book growing up was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

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