The best Alice in Wonderland books for all ages

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is enduringly popular with readers old and young. Here is our edit of Alice in Wonderland books for all ages and occasions.

22/10/2020
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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a timeless classic, first published by Macmillan in 1865, and the book has never been out of print. Much-loved by both adults and children, the story has been adapted numerous times and has had an impact on popular culture that few other books can claim. Whether you’re looking for a picture book introduction to this favourite tale or a beautifully illustrated classic for older readers, here is our edit of the most beautiful editions of the story for all ages.

Alice in Wonderland books for babies and toddlers

A is for Alice: An Alphabet Book

by Lewis Carroll

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A is for Alice: An Alphabet Book is a delightful introduction to the alphabet, using characters and objects from Lewis Carroll's iconic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. A is for Alice, E is for for Egg (Humpty Dumpty of course), Q is for the Queen, not forgetting R for the Rabbit who started off the whole adventure. This Alice in Wonderland book is a charming introduction to the world of Wonderland. 

One White Rabbit: A Counting Book

by Lewis Carroll

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One White Rabbit: A Counting Book is a delightful introduction to numbers and counting uses characters and object from Lewis Carroll's iconic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. From 'One White Rabbit for Alice to follow' to 'Five grins from the Cheshire Cat', and 'Nine tarts made by the Queen', this is a really charming book.


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 Lewis Carroll's famous children's classic is a fabulous book that opens out into a carousel shape, showing Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in six visually enchanting 3-dimensional scenes. Using original artwork by Sir John Tenniel and an abridged version of Lewis Carroll's original text, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Carousel Book is a delightful introduction to the story for younger readers.


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

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

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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.

Create Your Own Alice and the Mad Hatter's Tea Party

by Lewis Carroll

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Alice and the Mad Hatter's Tea Party shows you how to throw an Alice in Wonderland party fit for even the maddest of Mad Hatters! This book is brimming with suggestions for decorations you can make, instructions for games to play and ideas for costumes; there are even simple recipes so you can have the perfect Mad Tea Party! Plus press-out decorations and over two hundred stickers.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and 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.

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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Macmillan was the original publisher of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in 1865 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. A beautiful paperback copy.


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

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?

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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 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.

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?

Wonderland: Alice in Poetry

by Michaela Morgan

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In WonderlandAlice in Poetry, we celebrate the poems of Lewis Carroll, from the sublime to the surreal, including popular favourites such as Jabberwocky , The Walrus and the Carpenter and Tweedledum and Tweedledee. In addition to these classic, beloved poems, this beautiful collection features many contemporary poems from editor Michaela Morgan and a host of popular poets, including Roger McGough, John Agard, Grace Nichols, Rachel Rooney, Tony Mitton, Vivian French, Cheryl Moskowitz, Joseph Coehlo, and Jan Dean, each one putting their own spin on these classic texts.

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.