Possibly one of the best poems to read aloud with the kids - and certainly one of my favourites - is Jabberwocky, from Alice through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. Here is a printable version of the poem so that you can all enjoy it together!
Learn a little about Victorian author Lewis Carroll, most famous for the Alice in Wonderland stories, and enjoy our collection of printable activities - incuding a "Learn to Draw Lewis Carroll" tutorial!
A Short Biography
Lewis Carroll was the pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, 1832 to 1898. Charles was the third child of 11 siblings, born to a mathematically gifted country parson. He was a precociously bright child with a stutter, and, having inherited his father gift for maths, following in his footsteps by going to Oxford University. After graduating he taught at Christ Church College, Oxford, where he also lived for most of his adult life.
Charles wrote short stories and poems from a young age and was published in various magazines and journals, but it wasn't until he was in his thirties that writing was to grow in importance. He was great friends with the Dean of his college and his family, and liked to take the Dean's daughters for trips on the river. One day he was challenged by the youngest daughter, Alice, to make up a story, and she enjoyed it so much that she begged him to write it down.
Two years later he presented her with a handwritten illustrated manuscript called ‘Alice's Adventures Under Ground.’ Friends encouraged him to take it further, and in 1865 the book was published with the new name ‘Alice's Adventures in Wonderland’. It was a huge success. In 1871 he followed it up with ‘Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There.’ The stories are commonly referred to as simply ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and they made Charles Dodgson a wealthy man. Although he published further poems and stories in later life, none were received particularly well.
Fun Facts: Charles was also an inventor of an odd collection of bits and pieces - including an early version of the game “Scrabble” and possibly the "doublet" or ladder word puzzle that is still popular today. He is thought to have written nearly 100,000 letters in his lifetime!
Lewis Carroll Printables
Just for fun, why not let the kids have a go at drawing famous Victorian author Lewis Carroll, aka Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, creator of Alice in Wonderland!
Colour in this fun children's illustration of Lewis Carroll, creator of Alice in Wonderland. You can see that he has the Cheshire cat on the front page of the book he is carrying!
Learn just a little about Lewis Carroll with this printable fact sheet / biography, which you can use with our other Lewis Carroll printable activities and worksheets.
Use our printable note booking pages for your child's research about Lewis Carroll, otherwise known as Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Choose from two different designs below.
We thought this illustration of Lewis Carroll might be fun for your library displays or reading corner. There is a clue as to who it is on the front cover of his book!
Younger children can use this story paper featuring Lewis Carroll to write out some of his best quotes, or perhaps to write a short biography. Choose from lines or handwriting lines.
Start the kids off on their research about Lewis Carroll with our fun worksheet – either in colour or in black-and-white – and encourage them to think about what they would say to this Victorian author if they met him!