Unicorns: Books For Kids

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Rainbows… sparkles…cupcakes… magic… they all have one thing in common. Unicorns. Unicorns are more hip than they’ve ever been (you lucky unicorn lovers) so you can find unicorn themed pretty much everything… including books! We’ve done the research for you (and experienced a LOT of unicorn books) to bring you this, the ultimate list!

Claire and the Unicorn Happy Ever After book
#1
Claire and the Unicorn Happy Ever After
Written by B. G. Hennessy and illustrated by Susan Mitchell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

One night, Claire and her toy unicorn, Capricorn, journey to a magical land filled with characters from fairy tales to find out what makes someone live “happy ever after.”

The Unicorn Quest book
#2
The Unicorn Quest
Written by Kamilla Benko
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Claire Martinson still worries about her older sister Sophie, who battled a mysterious illness last year. But things are back to normal as they move into Windermere Manor . . . until the sisters climb a strange ladder in a fireplace and enter the magical land of Arden.

There, they find a world in turmoil. The four guilds of magic no longer trust each other, the beloved unicorns have disappeared, and terrible wraiths roam freely. Scared, the girls return home. But when Sophie vanishes in the night, it will take all of Claire’s courage to climb back up the ladder, find her sister, and uncover the unicorns’ greatest secret.

Luna the Unicorn book
#3
Luna the Unicorn
Written and illustrated by Tracey Thomas
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The best dreams are grand and adventurous! On a magical journey to find the moon, a steadfast unicorn encounters wild dreams that come to life.

Baby Unicorn: Finger Puppet Book book
#4
Baby Unicorn: Finger Puppet Book
Written by and illustrated by Victoria Ying
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Meet Baby Unicorn! What does Baby Unicorn find in the enchanted forest? Is she ready to use her healing magic? Follow along as she explores her world and discovers her special powers! The simple, comforting stories in this go-to baby gift series have made it a multimillion seller. Featuring a permanently attached plush finger puppet, each volume offers parents and children a fun, interactive way to play and read as they build a lifelong love of books together.

Phoebe and Her Unicorn book
#5
Phoebe and Her Unicorn
Written by Dana Simpson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

“Phoebe is a remarkably real little girl, as bright and imaginative as Bill Watterson’s Calvin, as touchingly vulnerable as Charles Schulz’s Charlie Brown. And if these strike you as big names to conjure with, I’ll go further and state for the record that in my opinion Heavenly Nostrils is nothing less than the best comic strip to come along since Calvin and Hobbes. Simpson is that good, and that original.” —Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn, from the Introduction A boy and his dog . . . a girl and her . . . unicorn? It all started when Phoebe skipped a rock across a pond and accidentally hit a unicorn in the face. Improbably, this led to Phoebe being granted one wish, and she used it to make the unicorn, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, her obligational best friend. But can a vain mythical beast and a nine-year-old daydreamer really forge a connection? Indeed they can, and that’s how Phoebe and Her Unicorn unfolds. This beautifully drawn strip follows the unlikely friendship between a somewhat awkward girl and the unicorn who gradually shows her just how special she really is. Through hilarious adventures where Phoebe gets to bask in Marigold’s “awesomeness,” the friends also come to acknowledge that they had been lonely before they met and truly appreciate the bond they now share.

  1. The Unicorn's Tale - Beastologist-in-training Nathaniel Fludd and his Aunt Phil nurse a mysteriously ill unicorn, try to stop Obediah from taking the unicorn’s horn, and finally get a solid lead on the whereabouts of Nathaniel’s parents.

  2. Do You Believe in Unicorns? - Is that a horse wearing a hat? It’s definitely not a unicorn in disguise— that would be ridiculous, right? It’s probably just a horse that’s having a bad hair day. Or trying to keep the sun out of its eyes. Or perhaps this horse just really likes hats! If you follow it long enough, maybe it will take off its hat and you’ll finally know for sure. Or will you? It’s all a matter of perspective in this cheerful, cheeky story about seeing magic in the everyday.

  3. Not Quite Narwhal - The Book Snob Mom - Absolutely enchanting! This is a refreshingly original take on the plethora of unicorn books released within the last few years. The illustrations are whimsical and add depth and humor to the short and incredibly sweet story about being yourself and the acceptance of families (regardless of their species or how many families you have!)

  4. The Llamacorn Is Kind - A fanciful cross between a llama and a unicorn, Llamacorns are cuddly, magical friends who are spreading kindness. Llamacorn land is filled with special creatures. Meet the well-known and beautiful Unicorn, the clumsy Buffalocorn, a big, blue Walruscorn, the fearsome Tigercorn, and more in this playful introduction to the land of the Llamacorn . . . “But watch for the one who will be your friend, who will share his cookies, and play pretend, the nicest creature you’ll ever find—“ . . . who could it be but our new friend the Llamacorn! Coombs’ poetry paired with adorable illustrations, endearing characters, and a gentle message of kindness will make The Llamacorn Is Kind an instant favorite.

Twelve Dancing Unicorns book
#10
Twelve Dancing Unicorns
Written by Alissa Heyman and illustrated by Justin Gerard
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

The king’s beloved unicorns are hiding a secret and a little girl is determined to solve the mystery.

My Mom Is Magical book
#11
My Mom Is Magical
Written and illustrated by Hello!Lucky
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

If you love rainbows and unicorns (or even if you don’t, but appreciate the pop culture phenomenon), this is a delightfully clever book about how awesome moms are, full of silly comparisons and rainbow-colored illustrations.

Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This book is full of affirmation for mom and a fun way for kids to learn how amazing their mom is! I like how colorful and cute the book is, and this will especially be a hit for any unicorn lovers. :)

My Mom Is Magical, featuring a magical unicorn, and My Dad Is Amazing, featuring a mythical yeti, are joyful tributes to just how amazing parents (and their kids!) are.

A Unicorn Named Sparkle book
#12
A Unicorn Named Sparkle
Written and illustrated by Amy Young
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
Thoughts from The Goodfather

Sparkle the Unicorn is not your average unicorn, and that’s what makes this story so fun. Sometimes love grows over time, and something that doesn’t initially seem like what you wanted grows on you.

When Lucy sees an ad in the newspaper for a unicorn, she sends in her twenty-five cents and waits four to six long weeks for her very own unicorn to arrive. She imagines the flowers that she’ll braid into his beautiful pink mane, and she even picks the perfect name for him: Sparkle. But when Sparkle arrives, his ears are too long, his horn is too short, he smells funny—and oh, he has fleas. Lucy isn’t pleased, but in the end she warms up to Sparkle and realizes that even though he wasn’t exactly the unicorn she wanted, he might be just the one she needs.

Secret in the Stone book
#13
Secret in the Stone
Written by Kamilla Benko
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The second book in an enchanting fantasy series The Unicorn Quest, about a real-world girl and her sister in a land full of magic and strange creatures. Claire Martinson and her sister Sophie have decided to stay in Arden—the magical land they discovered by climbing up a chimney in their great-aunt’s manor. If what they’ve learned is true, the sisters are the last descendants of the royal family, and only a true heir of Arden—with magic in her blood—can awaken the unicorns. Since Sophie has does not have magic, the land’s last hope rests on Claire. The sisters journey to Stonehaven, a famed Gemmer school high in the mountains of Arden, so Claire can train in the magic of stone. As Claire struggles through classes, Sophie uncovers dangerous secrets about the people they thought they could trust. With Arden on the brink of crumbling, can Claire prove she is the prophesied heir and unlock the magic of the unicorns before it’s too late?

The Very Short, Entirely True History of Unicorns book
#14
The Very Short, Entirely True History of Unicorns
Written by Sarah Laskow and illustrated by Sam Beck
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

From cuddly pool floats to rainbow-colored toast toppings, unicorns—the darlings of Instagram—have never been more exciting or more popular. Are unicorns real? Their popularity and enduring role in human culture certainly is. How can you win a fight against a unicorn? Why do some unicorns have wings? Why are unicorns often pictured with rainbows? Get answers to these questions and more in this fun look at unicorns throughout history. This four-color, fully illustrated book provides everything you always wanted to know about the myths, science, and history that surround the unicorn, a creature that has grown even more popular in the twenty-first century. With its stylish design and fresh, captivating illustrations, The Very Short, Entirely True History of Unicorns will appeal to readers—children and adults alike—who can’t get enough of the world’s most elusive animal.

  1. Twinkle, Twinkle, Unicorn - This shiny board book is a magical twist on the popular bedtime lullaby, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star!” Twinkle, twinkle, unicorn, sparkle with your magic horn. Leaping over clouds so high, like a diamond in the sky. A magical twist on the popular bedtime nursery rhyme, Twinkle, Twinkle, Unicorn is the first book in a brand-new board book series that’s perfect for parents and little ones to snuggle up with and share.

  2. Thelma the Unicorn - Thelma dreams of being a glamorous unicorn. Then in a rare pink and glitter-filled moment of fate, Thelma’s wish comes true. She rises to instant international stardom, but at an unexpected cost. After a while, Thelma realizes that she was happier as her ordinary, sparkle-free self. So she ditches her horn, scrubs off her sparkles, and returns home, where her best friend is waiting for her with a hug. From award-winning author Aaron Blabey comes this joyful book about learning to love who you are…even if you don’t have sparkles.

  3. Uni the Unicorn - Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s New York Times bestselling story of friendship, unicorns, and the power of believing! Uni is just like all the other unicorns . . . except for one thing: she believes that little girls are REAL. This magical story by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (author of I Wish You More) illuminates Uni’s not-so-fantastical dream and celebrates the sparkle of believing. Uni the unicorn is told there’s no such thing as little girls! But no matter what the grown-up unicorns say, Uni believes that little girls are REAL. Somewhere there must be a smart, strong, wonderful, magical little girl waiting to be best friends. In fact, far away (but not too far away), a real little girl believes there is a unicorn waiting for her, too. This magical story of friendship reminds believers and nonbelievers alike that sometimes wishes really can come true.

  4. The Littlest Leprechaun - Liam is the littlest leprechaun in the Enchanted Forest and he wants to have a big, important job. He’s too little to cobble shoes, help make pots for gold, mail packages at the post office, or carry gold to his family’s pot. But when a unicorn needs help, Liam might be the perfect size to save the day!

Too Many Unicorns, Fairies & Mermaids book
#19
Too Many Unicorns, Fairies & Mermaids
Written by Jenny Copper and illustrated by Carrie Hennon
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-10

There are unicorns hiding on every page of this search and find book. Just flip the flaps to find them playing in a forest, swimming with mermaids, dancing with fairies, prancing with princesses, and even shopping in a toy store. The fun rhyming words and the search and find activity encourages word and picture association, which helps young children develop language and early reading skills. Can you find them all?

Unicorn Crossing book
#20
Unicorn Crossing
Written by Dana Simpson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Phoebe and Marigold are back for a fifth installment of the award-winning series. Join in on their latest adventures - and experiments - in being themselves! Phoebe and Her Unicorn returns with more sparkles than ever!

Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm (Phoebe and Her Unicorn) book
#21
Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm (Phoebe and Her Unicorn)
Written by Dana Simpson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

It all started when Phoebe skipped a rock across a pond and accidentally hit a unicorn in the face. Improbably, this led to Phoebe being granted one wish, and using it to make the unicorn, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, her obligational best friend. But can a vain mythical beast and a nine-year-old daydreamer really forge a connection?

Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True book
#22
Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Brigette Barrager
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Brigette Barrager reunite to bring us a sparkly, magical sequel to Uni the Unicorn! The Land of Unicorns is in trouble — it has been raining and raining for what seems like forever. This is a big problem because there are only three ways that unicorns can get their magic: from the golden sun, from magnificent rainbows, and from the sparkle of believing. Luckily, Uni the Unicorn has always always always believed…that little girls are REAL. Join this very special unicorn and the little girl who believes right back as they finally meet and work together to save a magical land and all who live there! Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Brigette Barrager reunite to revive this world glowing with possibility and hope that is the stuff of childhood fantasies.

Unicorn of Many Hats book
#23
Unicorn of Many Hats
Written by Dana Simpson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

“A pink, bubble-gum bonbon of a tale spun of a likable, albeit self-centered, fourth-grader and her magical, self-obsessed, although sometimes-kind, unicorn.” —Kirkus Reviews Book seven in the Phoebe and Her Unicorn series! NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR! Marigold Heavenly Nostrils is no ordinary unicorn. She has Wi-Fi-enabled appendages. She’s the most enchanted babysitter of all time. She’s published numerous scholarly articles on the “shimmering” versus “glimmering” debate. She is, in short, a unicorn of many hats. Phoebe and her exceptional hooved pal are back in this all-new collection of comics! Laugh alongside the lovable duo as they question the idea of “coolness,” gain a deeper appreciation for the power of friendship, and put off summer reading assignments for as long as physically possible.

  1. My Magical Unicorn - In this interactive unicorn novelty book, readers spin a wheel to animate the character on the front cover. Sparkly holographic foil creates a truly impressive effect as the unicorn’s horn, mane, and tail seem to flow with magical energy! More interactive mechanisms are featured inside the book. Push, pull, spin, and slide your way through the unicorn’s enchanted land as she helps other magical creatures, clears away a rainy day, and plays with her unicorn friends. With gentle rhymes, bright colors, and a bit of sparkle and shine, this magical unicorn is sure to delight!

  2. The Unicorn Emergency - When he returns to Olympus from Asgard, Demon must calm a groggy volcano monster while figuring out what is wrong with the unicorns.

  3. Unicorn Theater - New York Times Bestselling Author! The second Phoebe and Her Unicorn graphic novel! Summer is here, and Phoebe and Marigold are headed to drama camp. Phoebe’s expecting some quality time with her best friend, but in a surprise twist, Marigold has invited her sister, Florence Unfortunate Nostrils! While the unicorn sisters head to camp in a magical rainbow pod, Phoebe is stuck riding with her parents in their boring car, wondering where it all went wrong. But at Camp Thespis, there are more daunting tasks at hand: writing, producing, and acting in an entirely original play! The second Phoebe and Her Unicorn graphic novel is a sparkling tale of sisterhood and summer fun, as well as a reminder that sometimes it takes a bit of drama to recognize true friendship.

  4. Sophie Johnson, Unicorn Expert - Meet the master of magical creatures: Sophie Johnson! She’s an expert on unicorns…or so she thinks! Sophie is a unicorn expert. She dresses up her toys, stuffed animals, and even her baby brother as unicorns! But living with enchanted animals can be tricky business. And Sophie is so caught up in teaching others that she fails to notice the magic right under her nose. This funny and fresh picture book tells the story of a unicorn hiding in plain sight and a little girl who is totally oblivious to his presence!

Unicorns Are Real! book
#28
Unicorns Are Real!
Written and illustrated by Holly Hatam
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

This Mythical Creatures Are Real board book offers babies and toddlers a glimpse into the colorful, whimsical world of unicorns. Discover what makes them so magical! Stardust and glitter and rainbows, oh my! Did you know that unicorns polish their horns with fairy dust and moonbeams, and that they love looking at their reflections? Unicorn lovers will be tickled to learn all sorts of “facts” about these beloved mythical creatures in Holly Hatam’s (#1 New York Times bestselling illustrator) unique Mythical Creatures Are Real board book. Look for Dragons are Real, too!

Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great book
#29
Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great
Written and illustrated by Bob Shea
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Ever since Unicorn moved into the neighborhood, Goat has been feeling out of sorts. Goat thought his bike was cool-until he saw that Unicorn could fly to school! Goat made marshmallow squares that almost came out right, but Unicorn made it rain cupcakes! Unicorn is such a show-off, how can Goat compete? When Goat and Unicorn share a piece of pizza, Goat learns that being a unicorn might not be all it’s cracked up to be. And when Unicorn shows his admiration for Goat, it looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Good Night Unicorns book
#30
Good Night Unicorns
Written by Mark Jasper and Adam Gamble and illustrated by Suwin Chan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Good Night Unicorns highlights unicorn forests, unicorn families, unicorn horns, unicorn food, fairy princesses, unicorn fur, unicorn eyes, rainbow unicorns, healing unicorns, alicorns, snowy mountain unicorns, and more. This dazzling and colorful board book teaches young children about the mystical and imaginative world of unicorns while following the structure of a traditional bedtime story. Your little reader will fall asleep dreaming of sparkles and rainbows! This book is part of the bestselling Good Night Our World series, which includes hundreds of titles exploring iconic locations and exciting themes. Prepare to expand your young reader’s imagination with this colorful and exciting board book, dedicated to everyone’s favorite magical creature… the unicorn!

Little Lost Unicorn book
#31
Little Lost Unicorn
Written and illustrated by Lorna Hussey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

When Little Unicorn runs off to play in the forest, he has adventures that he will never forget.

Today I'll Be a Unicorn book
#32
Today I'll Be a Unicorn
Written and illustrated by Dana Simpson
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Who wouldn’t want to be a unicorn?

In this charming, super-sparkly board book, the stars of Phoebe and Her Unicorn celebrate the magical and enchanting world of being a unicorn, along with reminding young readers that being yourself is pretty great, too.

Who wouldn’t want to be a unicorn? You get to trot majestically through meadows, perch high up on rainbows, and wear tiaras made of starlight. Phoebe lists all the wonderful things she’ll get to do and can hardly contain her excitement about having a tail and magic horn. That is, until she learns that unicorns like to eat hay instead of pizza. Maybe she’ll be a unicorn tomorrow instead!

  1. Unicorns 101 - A laugh-out-loud picture book that finally sets the record straight about unicorns! Unicorns! You love them, but how much do you really know about them? Join Professors Glitter Pants, Sprinkle Steed, Star Hoof, and Sugar Beard, plus their trusty lab assistant, Pete, as they reveal mind-blowing unicorn facts never before available to the public! For example:

    • Buttercup Sparklecheeks was the first unicorn to trot on Pluto!
    • At one time in history, there were dino-corns!
    • One unicorn accidentally made it rain waffles for a week!
    • Unicorns have giant slides inside their homes!
    • Rare and exotic unicorns include the mer-corn and the hamster-corn!
    Full of eye-popping illustrations and nonstop, sidesplitting laughs—plus a removable Unicorn Scientist diploma at the end of the book—Unicorns 101 will have children eager to enroll, time and time again! “effervescent . . . enjoyably off-the-wall”—Publishers Weekly “merits space on every unicorn-lover’s reference shelf.”—Booklist “unicorn fans will find plenty to love.”—Kirkus

  2. The Chupacabras of the Río Grande - The fourth book in the fully illustrated, globe-trotting middle grade fantasy-adventure series about mythical creatures and their cultures of origin, from the Newbery Honor-winning author of The Inquisitor’s Tale. Elliot and Uchennna have only just returned from their most recent Unicorn Rescue Society mission when they (along with Jersey!) are whisked away on their next exciting adventure with Professor Fauna. This time, they’re headed to the Mexican border to help another mythical creature in need: the chupacabras! The Chupacabras of the Río Grande is co-written with David Bowles, author of the Pura Belpré Honor-winning book, The Smoking Mirror!

  3. Pop-Up Peekaboo! Unicorn - Meet the colorful unicorns as they explore a magical kingdom in this cute baby board book with flaps to lift and pop-ups to enjoy. Join Moonbeam the purple unicorn as she searches for a friend in the enchanted forest and Sunshine the yellow unicorn as she discovers a secret castle. Which unicorn is hiding behind the colorful rainbow? Lift the flap to see! A magical addition to the best-selling Pop-up Peekaboo series, this read-aloud children’s book encourages first learning by introducing little ones to colors and adorable characters. Both parent and child will have fun turning the pages, lifting the flaps, and playing peekaboo. The perfect gift for preschoolers, this book is certain to make them giggle in delight! This sturdy baby book is ideal for preschool play and will keep toddlers entertained time and time again.

  4. Unicorn Day - Hooray! Hooray! It’s Unicorn Day! When unicorns come out to play. The most important rule of Unicorn Day is to have fun, fun, fun! The unicorns are celebrating their favorite day of the year, complete with rainbows, cupcakes, butterflies, and all sorts of joyful things. But when it’s revealed there’s an impostor in their midst, the party comes to a screeching halt… Will the unicorns welcome all and continue their fun in all its glittery glory? A clever, colorful, and over-the-top picture book about unicorns, celebrations, and most importantly, friendship.

Marabel and the Book of Fate book
#37
Marabel and the Book of Fate
Written by Tracy Barrett
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Free-spirited Marabel must defy expectations to rescue her brother—and their kingdom—in this charming, action-packed, and magical story perfect for fans of Ella Enchanted and Dealing with Dragons. In Magikos, life is dictated by the Book of Fate’s ancient predictions, including the birth of a royal Chosen One who will save the realm. Princess Marabel has grown up in the shadow of her twin brother, Marco, who everyone assumes is the true Chosen One. While Marco is adored and given every opportunity, Marabel is overlooked and has to practice her sword fighting in secret. But on the night of their thirteenth birthday, Marco is kidnapped by an evil queen, and Marabel runs to his rescue. Outside the castle walls for the first time, accompanied by her best friend and a very smug unicorn, Marabel embarks on a daring mission that brings her face-to-face with fairies, trolls, giants—and the possibility that all is not as it seems in Magikos.

The Unicorn and the Moon book
#38
The Unicorn and the Moon
Written by Tomie dePaola and illustrated by David McPhail
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When the moon gets stuck between two hills, the unicorn tries to free it with help from a griffin and an alchemist.

A New Friend for Sparkle book
#39
A New Friend for Sparkle
Written and illustrated by Amy Young
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

A picture book starring Sparkle and Lucy about what happens when your best friend makes a new pal.

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