The Ultimate List of 18 Books for Your Child Who Loves Unicorns

Updated Apr. 15, 2019

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!

Not Quite Narwhal book
#1
Not Quite Narwhal
Written and illustrated by Jessie Sima
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from 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!)

Born deep in the ocean, Kelp is not like the other narwhals and one day, when he spies a creature on land that looks like him, he learns why.

Twelve Dancing Unicorns book
#2
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
#3
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
#4
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.

Uni the Unicorn book
#5
Uni the Unicorn
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Brigette Barrager
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Thelma the Unicorn book
#6
Thelma the Unicorn
Written and illustrated by Aaron Blabey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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.

Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True book
#7
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.

Little Lost Unicorn book
#8
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.

Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great book
#9
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.

Today I'll Be a Unicorn book
#10
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? This super-sparkly board book celebrates the unique, magical, and enchanting world of being a unicorn.

Sophie Johnson, Unicorn Expert book
#11
Sophie Johnson, Unicorn Expert
Written by Morag Hood and illustrated by Ella Okstad
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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!

The Unicorn's Tale book
#12
The Unicorn's Tale
Written by R. L. LaFevers and illustrated by Kelly Murphy
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

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.

Luna the Unicorn book
#13
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.

Phoebe and Her Unicorn book
#14
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.

Do You Believe in Unicorns? book
#15
Do You Believe in Unicorns?
Written and illustrated by Bethanie Deeney Murguia
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Baby Unicorn: Finger Puppet Book book
#16
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.

The Unicorn Quest book
#17
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.

Claire and the Unicorn Happy Ever After book
#18
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."

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