The Best Books About Or Featuring Unicorns

“What are the best books about Unicorns?” We looked at 121 of the top Unicorn books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 16 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Unicorn” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 100+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 16 Unicorn Books Of All-Time



16 .) A Unicorn Named Sparkle written by Amy Young

A Unicorn Named Sparkle

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Everyday Reading

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.



15 .) Do You Believe in Unicorns? written by Bethanie Murguia

Do You Believe in Unicorns?

Lists It Appears On:

  • Everyday Reading
  • Working Mother

Is believing in magic the key to seeing a unicorn? If you keep your eyes open to wonder, the possibilities are endless. 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.



14 .) Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea (A Narwhal and Jelly Book) written by Ben Clanton

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea (A Narwhal and Jelly Book)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Everyday Reading
  • Working Mother

Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot in common, but they do they love waffles, parties and adventures. Join Narwhal and Jelly as they discover the whole wide ocean together.



13 .) The Unicorn Rescue Society: The Creature of the Pines written by Adam Gidwitz

The Unicorn Rescue Society: The Creature of the Pines

Lists It Appears On:

  • Read Brightly
  • Romper

Elliot Eisner isn’t exactly excited about starting at a brand-new school in a brand-new town; he’d much rather stay at home and read a book. But things take an unexpected turn when he finds out his weird new teacher, Professor Fauna, has planned a field trip for Elliot’s very first day. Along with a new friend–brave, outspoken Uchenna Devereaux–Elliot gets caught up in a secret group of adventurers, The Unicorn Rescue Society, whose goal is to protect and defend the world’s mythical creatures. Together with Professor Fauna, Elliot and Uchenna must help rescue a Jersey Devil from a duo of conniving, greedy billionaires, the Schmoke Brothers.



12 .) The Unicorn’s Tale written by R. L. LaFevers and Kelly Murphy

The Unicorn’s Tale

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Romper

Nathaniel Fludd, world’s youngest beastologist-in-training wants to exchange Book of Beasts with Obediah Fludd for his parents. Aunt Phil wants to rescue dragon in well, and heal unicorn Luminesse in forest. How can he choose between love and duty?



11 .) Unicorn Princesses: Sunbeam’s Shine written by Emily Bliss

Unicorn Princesses: Sunbeam's Shine

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chapters
  • Romper

Welcome to an enchanted land ruled by unicorn princesses! Cressida Jenkins, a unicorn-obsessed girl who is sure that unicorns are real, is invited to visit, and readers will be thrilled to journey to the Rainbow Realm along with her! In each story, Cressida is called to help a unicorn princess and her sisters in a magical adventure. In the first story, a blundering wizard-lizard casts a spell that accidentally robs Princess Sunbeam of her magic yellow sapphire. Without it, she loses her powers–the ability to create light and heat. The only way to reverse the spell is for a human girl who believes in unicorns to find the yellow sapphire and reunite Sunbeam with her gemstone. Sunbeam ventures into the human world and enlists Cressida’s help, who is thrilled to visit the Rainbow Realm. But finding Sunbeam’s sapphire isn’t quite as easy as she thought it would be . . .



10 .) Phoebe and Her Unicorn written by Dana Simpson

Phoebe and Her Unicorn

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Chapters
  • Read Brightly

It all started when a girl named 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 Unicornunfolds.



9 .) That’s Not My Unicorn written by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells

That’s Not My Unicorn

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Chapters
  • Everyday Reading

The 50th title in the internationally best-selling That s not my… series. This sparkly, touchy-feely book features a magical unicorn to talk about, and a little white mouse to spot on every page. Babies and toddlers will love turning the pages and touching the textured patches as they try to find their unicorn.



8 .) Twelve Dancing Unicorns written by Alissa Heyman and Justin Gerard

Twelve Dancing Unicorns

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Book Riot
  • Romper

Once upon a time, a king owned twelve enchanting unicorns that he locked up with golden chains. But every morning, he’d find the beautiful creatures peacefully asleep in their corral—with their chains shattered. Puzzled, he promised a reward to anyone who could reveal the unicorns’ secret. With the help of a magic cloak, a little girl sets out to discover the truth . . . and help the special unicorn that she loves the most. This charming variation on “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,” stars a delightfully spirited heroine and twelve magical unicorns.



7 .) I’m a Unicorn (Little Golden Book) written by Mallory Loehr and Joey Chou

I’m a Unicorn (Little Golden Book)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Read Brightly
  • Romper
  • Working Mother

In this sweet story, gorgeously illustrated by Disney artist Joey Chou, a unicorn tells the readers all about herself (“My horn can make water clean, or heal a hurt”) and her magical life (“I frolic in the forest, I prance in the fields”). Sure to delight little ones who love the magic of fairy tales and beautiful creatures!



6 .) The Unicorn Quest (The Unicorn Quest #1) written by Kamilla Benko

The Unicorn Quest (The Unicorn Quest #1)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chapters
  • Goodreads
  • Read Brightly
  • Readings

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.



5 .) Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great written by Bob Shea

Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Book Riot
  • Everyday Reading
  • Romper

Hi, I’m Goat. Things were just fine around here until UNICORN showed up. So what if he can fly? Or make it rain cupcakes? And turn stuff into gold? Big deal. I can do some cool stuff too, like… Hey! What are you doing? Why are you opening the book? He’s just going to tell you how great he is. Blah, blah, blah. Go ahead. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you. Dopey Unicorn.



4 .) You Don’t Want a Unicorn written by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Liz Climo

You Don’t Want a Unicorn

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Everyday Reading
  • Read Brightly
  • Readings

Be careful what pet you wish for in the newest picture book from fan-favorite author Ame Dyckman and rising-star illustrator Liz Climo. When a little boy throws a coin in a well asking for a pet unicorn, he has no idea what kind of trouble he’s in for. Unbeknownst to him, unicorns make the absolutely worst pets: they shed, they poke holes in your ceiling, and they make a big mess. With a knowing wink from Ame Dyckman, creator of Wolfie the Bunny and cheerful illustrations from Rory the Dinosaur creator and Tumblr star Liz Climo, this rollicking story shares all of the ways a pet unicorn can ruin your life, and is sure to have readers in stitches.



3 .) Thelma the Unicorn written by Aaron Blabey

Thelma the Unicorn

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Chapters
  • Everyday Reading
  • Read Brightly
  • Working Mother

From the best-selling author of Pig the Pug comes this joyful book about learning to love who you are… even if you don’t have sparkles. 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



2 .) Not Quite Narwhal written by Jessie Sima

Not Quite Narwhal

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Chapters
  • Everyday Reading
  • Read Brightly
  • Romper
  • Working Mother

In the tradition of Uni the Unicorn and Gaston, this heartwarming and adorable debut picture book tells the story of a young unicorn who was born under the sea to a family of narwhals. Growing up in the ocean, Kelp has always assumed that he was a narwhal like the rest of his family. Sure, he’s always been a little bit different—his tusk isn’t as long, he’s not as good of a swimmer, and he really doesn’t enjoy the cuisine. Then one night, an extra strong current sweeps Kelp to the surface, where he spots a mysterious creature that looks just like him! Kelp discovers that he and the creature are actually unicorns. The revelation leaves him torn: is he a land narwhal or a sea unicorn? But perhaps, if Kelp is clever, he may find a way to have the best of both worlds. Told with heartwarming illustrations and spare, sweet text, Jessie Sima’s debut picture book is about fitting in, standing out, and the all-encompassing love of family.



1 .) Uni the Unicorn written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Brigette Barrager

Uni the Unicorn

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Book Riot
  • Chapters
  • Chapters
  • Everyday Reading
  • Read Brightly
  • Readings
  • Romper

An original picture book about a unicorn from bestselling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal (Plant a Kiss). In this clever twist on the age-old belief that there’s no such thing as unicorns, Uni the unicorn is told there’s no such thing as little girls! 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), a real little girl believes there is a unicorn waiting for her. This refreshing and sweet story of friendship reminds believers and nonbelievers alike that sometimes wishes really can come true.




The 100+ Additional Best Books About Or Featuring Unicorns



# Books Authors Lists
17 A Brush of Darkness (Abby Sinclair, #1) Allison Pang Goodreads
18 A Pony for Jean   Readings
19 A Swiftly Tilting Planet (Time Quintet, #3) Madeleine L’Engle Goodreads
20 Acorna: The Unicorn Girl (Acorna #1) Anne McCaffrey Goodreads
21 Ariel Steven R. Boyett Goodreads
22 Baby Unicorn: Finger Puppet Book Victoria Ying Book Riot
23 Be More Unicorn: How to find your inner sparkle   Readings
24 Beasts of Olympus: The Unicorn Emergency   Read Brightly
25 Bella’s Birthday Unicorn   Chapters
26 Birth of the Firebringer (Firebringer, #1) Meredith Ann Pierce Goodreads
27 Black Beauty   Readings
28 Black Unicorn (Unicorn, #1) Tanith Lee Goodreads
29 By Fire, by Moonlight (Unicorns of Balinor, #4) Mary Stanton Goodreads
30 Claire and the Unicorn Happy Ever After B.G. Hennessy and Susan Mitchell Book Riot
31 Dark Moon (Firebringer, #2) Meredith Ann Pierce Goodreads
32 Dark Whispers (Unicorn Chronicles, #3) Bruce Coville Goodreads
33 Drink, Slay, Love Sarah Beth Durst Goodreads
34 Elegy Beach Steven R. Boyett Goodreads
35 Elora of Stone (Legend of Rhyme, #1) Jaime Lee Mann Goodreads
36 Gnomes of Coyul: The Crystal Staff Ben Ditmars Goodreads
37 Goldilicious Victoria Kann Everyday Reading
38 Here There Be Unicorns Jane Yolen and David Wilgus Book Riot
39 Hope – The Ambit of Light. (The Unicorns of Wish, # 4) Deby Adair Goodreads
40 I Am a Unicorn! Michaela Schuett Everyday Reading
41 Into Coraira (Legend of Rhyme #2) Jaime Lee Mann Goodreads
42 Into the Dream (The Secret of the Unicorn Queen, #4) Suzanne Weyn Goodreads
43 Into the Land of the Unicorns (Unicorn Chronicles, #1) Bruce Coville Goodreads
44 Journey To Osm Sybrina Durant Goodreads
45 Legend of the Blue Unicorn Britt Brundige Goodreads
46 Lily the Unicorn Dallas Clayton Book Riot
47 Luna the Unicorn: A Magical Dream Journey Tracey Thomas and Marina Saumell Book Riot
48 Many Waters (Time Quintet, #4) Madeleine L’Engle Goodreads
49 Moonsilver (The Unicorn’s Secret #1) Kathleen Duey and Omar Rayyan Barnes And Noble
50 Moonspell (The Secret of the Unicorn Queen, #6) Gwen Hansen Goodreads
51 My Mom Is Magical Sabrina Moyle Everyday Reading
52 Night of the Shifter’s Moon (Unicorns of Balinor, #7) Mary Stanton Goodreads
53 Noni the Pony   Readings
54 One Horn to Rule Them All: A Purple Unicorn Anthology Lisa Mangum Goodreads
55 Otherworlds: The Lost Katherine L. Walker Goodreads
56 Parley After Life – DIY Guide to Death and other Taxes Robby Miller Goodreads
57 Rampant (Killer Unicorns, #1) Diana Peterfreund Goodreads
58 Reckless (Mirrorworld, #1) Cornelia Funke Goodreads
59 Rider (Spirals of Destiny #1) Jim Bernheimer Goodreads
60 Search for the Star (Unicorns of Balinor, #5) Mary Stanton Goodreads
61 Second Twin (Legend of Rhyme, #4) Jaime Lee Mann Goodreads
62 Secret in the Stone (The Unicorn Quest, #2) Kamilla Benko Goodreads
63 Secrets of the Scepter (Unicorns of Balinor, #6) Mary Stanton Goodreads
64 Shadows Over Balinor (Unicorns of Balinor, #8) Mary Stanton Goodreads
65 Someday, Narwhal Lisa Mantchev and Hyewon Yum Working Mother
66 Song of the Wanderer (Unicorn Chronicles, #2) Bruce Coville Goodreads
67 Sophie Johnson: Unicorn Expert   Readings
68 Spud & Charli   Readings
69 Stay Well Soon   Readings
70 Stuff Unicorns Love   Readings
71 Sun Blind (The Secret of the Unicorn Queen, #2) Gwen Hansen Goodreads
72 Sunchaser’s Quest (Unicorns of Balinor, #2) Mary Stanton Goodreads
73 Swept Away (The Secret of the Unicorn Queen, #1) Josepha Sherman Goodreads
74 Teagan of Tomorrow (Legend of Rhyme, #3) Jaime Lee Mann Goodreads
75 The Black Unicorn (Magic Kingdom of Landover, #2) Terry Brooks Goodreads
76 The Blue Unicorn’s Journey To Osm Illustrated Chapter Book: Full Color Illustrations Sybrina Durant Goodreads
77 The Chronicles of Amber (The Chronicles of Amber, #1-5) Roger Zelazny Goodreads
78 The Dark Gods (The Secret of the Unicorn Queen, #5) Josepha Sherman Goodreads
79 The Final Test (The Secret of the Unicorn Queen, #3) Dory Perlman Goodreads
80 The Firebringer Trilogy Meredith Ann Pierce Goodreads
81 The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, #7) C.S. Lewis Goodreads
82 The Last Hunt (Unicorn Chronicles, #4) Bruce Coville Goodreads
83 The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1) Peter S. Beagle Goodreads
84 The Little Unicorn That Had No Horn James McDonald Goodreads
85 The Little White Horse Elizabeth Goudge Goodreads
86 The Magical Unicorn Society Official Handbook Selwyn E. Phipps Working Mother
87 The Maze, the Manor, and the Unicorn Mary Catelli Goodreads
88 The Outsorcerer’s Apprentice (YouSpace, #3) Tom Holt Goodreads
89 The Road to Balinor (Unicorns of Balinor, #1) Mary Stanton Goodreads
90 The Son of Summer Stars (Firebringer, #3) Meredith Ann Pierce Goodreads
91 The Third Wish: Dream’s Honour (The Unicorns Of Wish, #3) Deby Adair Goodreads
92 The Thirteenth Unicorn W.D. Newman Goodreads
93 The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of Shadow (The Twelve Kingdoms, #1) Fuyumi Ono Goodreads
94 The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of Wind (The Twelve Kingdoms, #2) Fuyumi Ono Goodreads
95 The Twelve Kingdoms: Skies of Dawn (The Twelve Kingdoms, #4) Fuyumi Ono Goodreads
96 The Twelve Kingdoms: The Vast Spread of the Seas (The Twelve Kingdoms, #3) Fuyumi Ono Goodreads
97 The Unicorn and the Moon Tomie dePaola Book Riot
98 The Unicorn Girl M.L. LeGette Goodreads
99 The Unicorn Hunter Del Henderson Goodreads
100 The Unicorn of the West Alma Flor Ada and Abigail Pizer Book Riot
101 The Winter Horses   Readings
102 Today I’ll Be a Unicorn Dana Simpson Book Riot
103 Troll or Derby Red Tash Goodreads
104 Una the Unicorn Who Loves to Dance Amelia Gatacre Book Riot
105 Unicorn (And Horse) David W. Miles and Hollie Mengert Book Riot
106 Unicorn Academy: Isabel and Cloud   Readings
107 Unicorn Academy: Scarlett and Blaze   Readings
108 Unicorn And Horse   Romper
109 Unicorn Bait (Unicorn Bait #1) S.A. Hunter Goodreads
110 Unicorn Handbook (The Powerpuff Girls)   Read Brightly
111 Unicorn Keep Angelia Almos Goodreads
112 Unicorn Of Many Hats   Romper
113 Unicorns of Udithia Bethany Silver Goodreads
114 Unicorns Sticker Book   Chapters
115 Unicorns: Magical Creatures From Myth and Fiction Mia Di Francesco Goodreads
116 Valley of Fear (Unicorns of Balinor, #3) Mary Stanton Goodreads
117 Warrior Beautiful (Riders of Paradesos, #1) Wendy Knight Goodreads
118 Wendell the Narwhal Emily Dove Working Mother
119 Wish Again: Dream’s Truth (The Unicorns Of Wish, #2) Deby Adair Goodreads
120 Wish: Dream’s Beginning (The Unicorns Of Wish, #1) Deby Adair Goodreads
121 Zombies Vs. Unicorns Holly Black Goodreads


9 Best Unicorn Book Sources/Lists



Source Article
Barnes And Noble 6 Magical Books About Unicorns for All Ages
Book Riot 19 Sparkly And Wonderful Books About Unicorns for Babies
Chapters Top 10 Unicorn Books
Everyday Reading Unicorn Books: 11 Magical Picture Books
Goodreads Best Unicorn Books
Read Brightly 10 Magical Books About Unicorns for Children and Tweens
Readings Blog: The best new books for unicorn fans
Romper 10 Children’s Books Featuring Unicorns: Yep, They’re As Magical
Working Mother 8 Books About Narwhals and Unicorns That Will Totally Enchant Your

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