The best Alice in Wonderland books for all ages

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is enduringly popular with readers old and young. Whether you're looking to introduce little ones to the wonders of Wonderland or to embrace a little nostalgia of your own, discover our ultimate guide to the best Alice in Wonderland books for all ages and occasions.

19/05/2022
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An illustration of Alice sat at the Mad Hatter's tea party with the Mad Hatter and the March Hare.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a timeless classic. First published by Macmillan in 1865, the book has never been out of print. 

Over 150 years since readers first tumbled down the rabbit hole, Carroll's work remains much loved by both adults and children alike. Both Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass have been adapted for TV and film countless times, and their impact on popular culture remains unmatched. 

Whether you’re looking for a picture book version of Alice in Wonderland perfect for children, or a beautifully illustrated classic for older readers to savour, from the new to the nostalgic, our edit of the best Alice in Wonderland books for all ages will have just what you're looking for.

Alice in Wonderland books for babies and toddlers

Alice in Wonderland

by Colonel Moutarde

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First Stories: Alice in Wonderland is a perfect introduction for young children to Lewis Carroll's magical story. Push, pull and turn mechanisms bring the story to life and introduce all the main characters – Alice, the White Rabbit, the March Hare, Mad Hatter, Dormouse and of course the Queen of Hearts – perfect for little fingers and inquisitive minds.


Alice in Wonderland books for children aged 3 to 5 years old

Alice in Wonderland

by Lewis Carroll

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 A glorious re-telling of Alice's magical universe. The rich, jewel-like illustrations perfectly capture the wit and whimsy of Wonderland, while the elegantly simplified text retains Carroll's classic memorable lines, such as ‘’Oh dear, oh dear, I shall be too late" and ‘off with her head’.  Alice in Wonderland Book and CD Pack comes with an audio CD, read by actress Joanne Froggatt.

The Nursery Alice

by Lewis Carroll

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'I wrote to Macmillan to suggest a new idea: a "Nursery Edition" of Alice with pictures printed in.' Lewis Carroll's diary, 15th February, 1881. 

The Nursery Alice, originally published by Macmillan & Co. in 1890, was the very first colour edition of Alice. It was intended, wrote Carroll: ' . . .to be read by Children aged from Nought to Five. To be read? Nay, not so! Say rather to be thumbed, to be cooed over, to be dogs'-eared, to be rumpled, to be kissed . . .' This is the perfect Alice in Wonderland book for younger readers. 

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Carousel Book

by Lewis Carroll

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This gorgeous edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is a fabulous book that opens out into a carousel shape, showing Lewis Carroll's classic in six visually enchanting three-dimensional scenes. Using original artwork by Sir John Tenniel and an abridged version of Carroll's original text, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Carousel Book is a delightful introduction to the story for younger readers.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass: The Little Folks Edition

by Lewis Carroll

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First published by Macmillan in 1903 the Little Folks' editions of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass were charming miniature versions of Lewis Carroll's two classic Wonderland tales, specially abridged for younger readers. This new edition brings the two titles together for the first time in a beautiful gift book reproduced from rare archive copies of the original books, with over sixty original full colour illustrations by Sir John Tenniel.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

by Jeanne Willis

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Jeanne Willis' re-telling of Carroll's beloved story in bouncy rhyming verse is a fresh venture into Wonderland, brought to life by Ross Collins' vibrant illustrations. From joining in with the Hatter's tea party to painting the white roses red with the Queen of Hearts, the familiar scenes and beloved characters of Lewis Carroll's original story are reimagined in this charming introduction to Alice and her adventures in Wonderland, perfect for younger readers.


Alice in Wonderland books for children aged 5 to 9 years old

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Platinum Jubilee Edition

by Lewis Carroll

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Celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 70-year reign in true Wonderland style with this gorgeous Platinum Jubilee gift edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. With a special foiled Union Jack cover in honour of the Jubilee, and sprayed silver edges, this limited edition gift book is the perfect celebration of two female icons – and a must-have for every collector of Alice in Wonderland Books.


Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

by Lewis Carroll

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This beautiful edition presents Costa Award and Kate Greenaway Medal winner Chris Riddell's gorgeous new visual interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s classic story. Featuring a foiled jacket, head and tail bands and a ribbon marker, and with lavish colour illustrations throughout, this gorgeous hardback will be treasured for years to come. This is an Alice in Wonderland book every Alice fan should have on their bookshelves.

One Day in Wonderland

by Kathleen Krull

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The wordsmith Lewis Carroll is famed for the freewheeling world of Wonderland in his beloved classics Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. In this book,  gloriously illustrated by Júlia Sardà, Carroll's childlike love of life is showcased alongside his brilliance at creating and adapting playful words and phrases. From brillig and uglification to frumious and chortle, the award-winning author Kathleen Krull uses many of Carroll’s own words to tell the story of a man who wanted to make children laugh and whose legacy continues to entertain and delight. There is a glossary of Carroll's invented words at the back of the book.

Through the Looking Glass Little Folks Edition

by Lewis Carroll

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Based on the original edition of Through the Looking-Glass Little Folks' Edition, a highlight of the Macmillan archive, this charming small format hardback is a companion to The Little Folks' Edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. With red cloth binding, foil on the front cover and spine, and gold-sprayed edges to the pages, this is a really delightful gift, and specially abridged for younger readers to around one sixth the length of the original, it's a perfect introduction to the second of Carroll's classic Alice titles.

Through the Looking-Glass

by Lewis Carroll

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A beautiful paperback edition of Alice's second adventure takes her through the looking-glass to a place even curiouser than Wonderland. Macmillan was the original publisher of Through the Looking-Glass in 1871 and is proud to remain true to the vision of its creators. Every bit as iconic are Sir John Tenniel's remarkable illustrations, perfectly capturing the combination of the ordinary and the extraordinary at the heart of Wonderland

The Complete Alice

by Lewis Carroll

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With a new foreword from Phillip Pullman, this stunning anniversary hardback book reproduces every word of Carroll's masterpiece and its famous sequel, Through the Looking-Glass. Beautifully reproduced colour versions of Sir John Tenniel's originals, and coloured by Harry Theaker, under the direction of Tenniel himself. Includes lively and authoritative non-fiction content from Macmillan's rich historical archive to tell the real-life story of how Alice was written and published.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

by Lewis Carroll

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As the original publisher of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in 1865, Macmillan is proud to remain true to the vision of its creators. Every bit as iconic are Sir John Tenniel's remarkable illustrations, perfectly capturing the combination of the ordinary and the extraordinary at the heart of Wonderland. A beautiful paperback copy.


Alice in Wonderland books for readers aged 9 to 12 years old

Through the Looking-Glass

by Lewis Carroll

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Curious Alice's second story takes her through the looking-glass to a place even stranger than the Wonderland of her first adventure. At every step she is hindered by unusual, funny and nonsense characters who crop up, such as Tweedledee and Tweedledum, and Humpty Dumpty. Some of them insist on reciting poems to her and these poems, such as The Walrus and The Carpenter and Jabberwocky, are now as famous as the Alice stories themselves. This edition presents Lewis Carroll's complete text, with illustrations from Costa Award- and Kate Greenaway Medal-winner Chris Riddell. 

Return to Wonderland

by Various

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Return to Wonderland with this collection of original stories from some of today’s biggest children’s authors, from Peter Bunzl to Amy Wilson. Find out what happened to your favourite characters after Alice left Wonderland – is the Queen of Hearts still ruling with an iron fist? Can the Mad Hatter learn to be sensible? Will Tweedledum and Tweedledee ever stop arguing?

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

by Lewis Carroll

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Beautifully illustrated with Júlia Sardà’s hauntingly magical pictures, this stunning edition is perfect for Alice fans, with a short-haired brunette heroine true to the appearance of the real-life Alice who inspired the book. This gorgeous book is a wonderful follow up to One Day in Wonderland written by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by Júlia Sardà.

The Hunting of the Snark

by Chris Riddell

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Lewis Carroll's magnificent nonsense poem The Hunting of the Snark features an unlikely cast of characters drawn from the Jabberwocky in Through the Looking Glass. This irresistible new version is illustrated, and has an introduction by, Chris Riddell. This luxury edition features both black and white and colour artwork, ribbon marker and metallic blue sprayed edges.

What Would Alice Do?

by Lewis Carroll

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What Would Alice Do? is a handy, pocket-sized volume with the pithiest quotations from the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and, of course, the irrepressible Alice, every one of them pertinent today... and guaranteed to put a Cheshire grin on your face! What Would Alice Do? offers advice for any unreasonable, demanding and downright confusing situation, from one of the most iconic female characters in literary history. Forthright, polite, and always true to herself, Alice will help you navigate life as she did Wonderland - just ask yourself, what would Alice do?


The best Alice in Wonderland books for adults

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

by Lewis Carroll

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Brought to life by Sir John Tenniel's legendary illustrations, delightfully coloured by Barbara Frith, and including an afterword by Anna South, this elegant Macmillan Collector's Library edition is perfect for old and new fans alike. Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.


More from Wonderland...

Heartless

by Marissa Meyer

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Long before she was the Queen of Hearts, Catherine Pinkerton was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen. Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

The Macmillan Alice Colouring Book

by Lewis Carroll

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This gorgeous colouring book features all of Wonderland's favourite characters – the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, the Red Queen and of course Alice herself - just waiting to be brought to life with colour. With black line illustrations by Sir John Tenniel, taken from the original Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, with added decoration and imagery to stimulate the imagination and soothe the mind.