Most translated books of all time

Books spread important ideas and encourage us to think critically. Especially in the past, literature has played a central role in shaping cultural and, in some nations, even national identities. In that spirit, we have compiled a list of the most translated books of all time.


1. The Bible 

The most translated book of all time is pretty obvious. This, of course, is the Bible. Originally written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, it has, in whole or in part, been translated into more than 3,380 languages, including fictional languages, ​​such as Elvish and Klingon.


2. The Little Prince 

The work of the French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry ranks second on the list. It was published in 1943 and remains one of the all-time most popular children’s books, a testament to which is the number of copies sold.


The rest of the list of the most translated books is also dominated by religious works, children’s books and fairy tales. Below, you can see places three to ten.


3. The Adventures of Pinocchio

Author: Carlo Collodi

Published: 1883

Original language: Italian

4. Dao De Jing

Author: Chinese philosopher Laozi

Published: 400 BC

Original language: Chinese


5. The Communist Manifesto

Author: Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

Published: 1848

Original language: German


6. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Author: Lewis Carroll

Published: 1865

Original language: English

7. Steps to Christ

Author: Ellen G. White

Published: 1892

Original language: English


8. Don Quijote

Author: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Published: 1615

Original language: Spanish


9. Andersen’s Fairy Tales

Author: Hans Christian Andersen

Published: 1835–1852

Original language: Danish


10. The Adventures of Asterix

Author: René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo

Published: 1959–

Original language: French


Perhaps it is no great surprise that the list is full of children’s works. To summarize the thought from the second most translated book of all time, The Little Prince:

All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.