THE BOXCAR CHILDREN – SURPRISE ISLAND in Theaters May 8 + Free Printables + Reader Giveaway

Do you remember reading The Boxcar Children series as a kid? I sure do – I think I read every single book, and now I’m so happy that my son is going through the series, too. Who doesn’t love a good mystery?!

Now you and your kids can see The Boxcar Children – Surprise Island on the big screen as part of a special after-school event on Tuesday, May 8. The film is based on one of the books from the beloved series by Gertrude Chandler Warner and is family-friendly for all ages, with a recommendation for kids 3-13. With hundreds of theaters across the nation booked, there will likely be a theater near you offering up the film.

This is the only day this movie will be available on the big screen, so you’ll want to get your tickets in advance HERE to make sure you don’t miss it! This exciting after-school event will offer moviegoers an exclusive introduction with actor Griffin Gluck and director Dan Chuba explaining the process of adapting the book to film, and the process of animating.

Check out the official movie trailer:



THE BOXCAR CHILDREN – SURPRISE ISLAND, the highly-anticipated movie adaptation of the popular children’s book of the same name, stars Martin Sheen as James Alden, J.K. Simmons as Dr. Moore, Dane DeHaan as the mysterious Joe, Joey King as Jessie Alden, Carter Sand as Benny Alden, Gil Birmingham as Lonan Browning, Griffin Gluck as Henry Alden, Stephen Stanton as Captain Daniel and Talitha Bateman as Violet.

THE BOXCAR CHILDREN – SURPRISE ISLAND follows the adventures of the orphaned Boxcar Children as they spend an entire summer living on their Grandfather’s small, nearly uninhabited island. There they meet Joe, who is friendly and helpful, and inexplicably living on their island. Does their new friend have a secret?

While you’re waiting for this special event, check out some free bookmark and recipe printables! Try Jessie’s delicious clam chowder recipe yourself and print your own bookmark to keep your place in the book as you get ready to see it on the big screen.

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Jinxy Kids reader will receive a 3-book set from The Boxcar Children – Guide to Adventure, Gertrude Chandler Warner and The Boxcar Children and the novel Surprise Island, on which the film is based. To enter, complete the entry form below by 11:59 pm ET on 5/14/18. Good luck!

The Boxcar Children Book Set Giveaway


  1. I would give this to my son.

  2. Michelle C says

    I would love ot surprise my youngest daugher with these books!

  3. “Let us know which Boxcar Children character is your favorite and/or who will be receiving this book set if you win.” I think I will give this to a close relative!

  4. Robin Abrams says

    We have not read these books yet. I would share them with my grand kids

  5. Keri justice says

    I’ve actually never read any of the books. I would love to win them for my son Timmy.


    I would give these to my niece she loves reading

  7. kathy Persons says

    I have a nephew that would love to add these to his collection of books

  8. vickie couturier says

    Jessie sounds like a nice character my grandkids would love

  9. Christina Gould says

    My favorite character is Violet Alden. She’s so sensitive. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Jessica is my favorite character. I’m organized and like the color blue just like her. I would give this to my kiddo.

  11. Jennifer Davis says

    Would love to give this to my daughter!

  12. Shelby Gil says

    Oh my goodness I haven’t read these in forever so I can’t choose! I want to have these for my daughter! 🙂

  13. bill norris says

    my nephew will get this.

  14. Jeanna Massman says

    Benny is my favorite character. I read all of these books to my son and I know my grandson would love them.

  15. Sara Perrera says

    I relate most to Jessica because she is organized like me. I would give these books to my son.

  16. cindy legg says

    i will give these to my neighbors kids if i win

  17. I’m not familiar with the characters, but I would like to win them for my grandchildren to share. I know they would enjoy reading them.

  18. kimberly burnett says

    This gift set would go to my daughter she loves reading!

  19. Shannon P. says

    My daughter loves when i read to her. Shes 2 and a half and I’ve been reading to her since she was a baby. She pretend reads to me lol. I think this is such a great giveaway !

  20. Karley Moore says

    I like Violet Alden and I will give this to my niece for her classroom.

  21. Angela Kern says

    I would love to win this to share with my children. I read these and loved them when I was little!!

  22. Tori Mullis says

    I loves these books when I was little!! My oldest son would love them too?

  23. Kelly Brooks says

    This would go to my kiddos.

  24. Azeem Isaahaque says

    I have never read any of the books. I would give it to my niece

  25. Gina Ferrell says

    Benny is my favorite Boxcar Children character because he’s always curious and full of questions. But I also like Watch the dog too. My daughter would receive these Boxcar Children series books if I win. She loves to read and wants to read these series.

  26. My daughter would love this!

  27. jodi Hassel says

    I would give this to my nephew!

  28. this would be for my little niece I have never heard of this Boxcar before

  29. I’d love this set for my kids.

  30. I’ll give this book set to my niece if I win.

  31. would be for my nephew

  32. Jessie Alden is my favorite Boxcar children character

  33. Antoinette M says

    This would be for my daughter.

  34. Laura Barnes-Schrillo says

    These would be for my son Steven. We haven’t read these yet

  35. I used to read these as a child and would love my daughter to read them

  36. susan smoaks says

    i would give this to my daughter, she would love it. i read these books when i was a kid but i can’t recall the characters names.

  37. I would love to gift this to my granddaughter.

  38. My son would love to read these books! I enjoyed reading them when I was a kid.

  39. Alyssa Annico says

    I would love to donate these to my library!

  40. Would give these to my daughter

  41. Jessica Whitehouse says

    I have never read this series of books- but I think my older son would enjoy it.

  42. Christal M says

    These books were so fun to read as a kid

  43. My favorite is probably Jessica. I’d love to have my grandchildren enjoying these books, as I have.

  44. Meredith Brooks says

    I would gift this set to my little cousins if I won. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  45. Diana Haggerty says

    Jessie is my favorite and I would love this for my grandkids!! Ty for the chance

  46. Wanda Banks says

    Violet is my favorite character. I will use them in my classroom.

  47. This would be for Anna!

  48. My kids would get this

  49. Benny is my favorite! I’d give this set to my son.

  50. Stephanie Liske says

    Its been so long since I’ve read these. I cannot remember any of the names, but do remember I really liked to read them. My kids would enjoy them.

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