Get the best Little Women book covers to make you swoon over the beloved Louisa May Alcott classic book.

little women by louisa may alcott on a tray with flowers and candles.

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read, Little Women has never been out of print since it was originally published in 1868 and so, it’s had A LOT of beautiful book cover over nearly two centuries.

It’s the Civil War-era coming-of-age story of the four uniquely creative March sisters in Concord, Massachusetts, loosely based on Louisa May Alcott’s own life.

And it’s one of my absolute favorite novels of all time.

Below are my top 10 Little Women book covers, followed by a collage of Little Women book covers throughout the years. Whether reading Little Women on your own or with a book club, you will just love these special designs.

10 Best Little Women Book Covers

#10: Illustrated Edition (2020)

The Illustrated Edition of Little Women is one of the most beautiful editions, featuring 95 original illustrations by Frank T. Merrill from the famous 1880 edition, as well as a biographical account of Alcott and her family. 


#9: Classic Edition with Original Illustrations (2021)

The Classic Edition of Little Women contains original illustrations sprinkled throughout the text and a feature about Louisa May Alcott.


#8: BabyLit Storybook Edition (2019)

The BabyLit Storybook edition of Little Women is an annotated Little Women version for children, with modern cartoon illustrations and easy-to-follow text that includes original quotes. I love to give it to baby girls!


#7: 2019 Movie Edition (2019)

The 2019 movie edition of Little Women includes photos from Greta Gerwig’s 2019 Little Women movie adaptation and has a timeless red cover similar to the book featured in the film.


#6: Penguin Classics Edition (1989)

The Penguin Classics edition of Little Women is, well, classic! It features a lovely vintage illustration of the four March sisters to cherish.


#5: Penguin Classics 150th Anniversary Edition (2012)

The Penguin Classics 150th Anniversary Edition of Little Women features the prettiest modern illustrations on the paperback cover.


#4: Chronicle Books Edition (2021)

I love interactive books, so I’m completely hooked on the very unique Chronicle Books edition of Little Women. In addition to a gorgeous gold calligraphy cover, it includes both the full text of Little Women and 17 removable letters and paper writings of the characters for the reader to explore.


#3: 150th Anniversary Edition (2019)

This 150th Anniversary Edition of Little Women is for collectors, featuring book cover art that replicates an early edition cover, as well as 200 original illustrations and a Foreword by Alice L. George about ‘Why Little Women Endures 150 Years Later.’


#2: Penguin’s Clothbound Classics Edition (2010)

The Penguin Clothbound Classics edition of Little Women depicting shears is “sheer” perfection. I just adore these special collector’s editions of beloved books, and this one so subtly captures Jo’s biggest sacrifice at the heart of the story.


#1: Puffin in Bloom Edition (2014)

The hardcover Puffin in Bloom edition of Little Women is my absolute favorite Little Women cover (and the one I own), with a beautiful illustration by the artist behind the popular stationery brand Rifle Paper Co. It looks downright stunning on your bookshelf.

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Those are all the best Little Women book covers.

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