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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.

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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

17A Brush of Darkness (Abby Sinclair, #1)Allison PangGoodreads
18A Pony for Jean Readings
19A Swiftly Tilting Planet (Time Quintet, #3)Madeleine L’EngleGoodreads
20Acorna: The Unicorn Girl (Acorna #1)Anne McCaffreyGoodreads
21ArielSteven R. BoyettGoodreads
22Baby Unicorn: Finger Puppet BookVictoria YingBook Riot
23Be More Unicorn: How to find your inner sparkle Readings
24Beasts of Olympus: The Unicorn Emergency Read Brightly
25Bella’s Birthday Unicorn Chapters
26Birth of the Firebringer (Firebringer, #1)Meredith Ann PierceGoodreads
27Black Beauty Readings
28Black Unicorn (Unicorn, #1)Tanith LeeGoodreads
29By Fire, by Moonlight (Unicorns of Balinor, #4)Mary StantonGoodreads
30Claire and the Unicorn Happy Ever AfterB.G. Hennessy and Susan MitchellBook Riot
31Dark Moon (Firebringer, #2)Meredith Ann PierceGoodreads
32Dark Whispers (Unicorn Chronicles, #3)Bruce CovilleGoodreads
33Drink, Slay, LoveSarah Beth DurstGoodreads
34Elegy BeachSteven R. BoyettGoodreads
35Elora of Stone (Legend of Rhyme, #1)Jaime Lee MannGoodreads
36Gnomes of Coyul: The Crystal StaffBen DitmarsGoodreads
37GoldiliciousVictoria KannEveryday Reading
38Here There Be UnicornsJane Yolen and David WilgusBook Riot
39Hope – The Ambit of Light. (The Unicorns of Wish, # 4)Deby AdairGoodreads
40I Am a Unicorn!Michaela SchuettEveryday Reading
41Into Coraira (Legend of Rhyme #2)Jaime Lee MannGoodreads
42Into the Dream (The Secret of the Unicorn Queen, #4)Suzanne WeynGoodreads
43Into the Land of the Unicorns (Unicorn Chronicles, #1)Bruce CovilleGoodreads
44Journey To OsmSybrina DurantGoodreads
45Legend of the Blue UnicornBritt BrundigeGoodreads
46Lily the UnicornDallas ClaytonBook Riot
47Luna the Unicorn: A Magical Dream JourneyTracey Thomas and Marina SaumellBook Riot
48Many Waters (Time Quintet, #4)Madeleine L’EngleGoodreads
49Moonsilver (The Unicorn’s Secret #1)Kathleen Duey and Omar RayyanBarnes And Noble
50Moonspell (The Secret of the Unicorn Queen, #6)Gwen HansenGoodreads
51My Mom Is MagicalSabrina MoyleEveryday Reading
52Night of the Shifter’s Moon (Unicorns of Balinor, #7)Mary StantonGoodreads
53Noni the Pony Readings
54One Horn to Rule Them All: A Purple Unicorn AnthologyLisa MangumGoodreads
55Otherworlds: The LostKatherine L. WalkerGoodreads
56Parley After Life – DIY Guide to Death and other TaxesRobby MillerGoodreads
57Rampant (Killer Unicorns, #1)Diana PeterfreundGoodreads
58Reckless (Mirrorworld, #1)Cornelia FunkeGoodreads
59Rider (Spirals of Destiny #1)Jim BernheimerGoodreads
60Search for the Star (Unicorns of Balinor, #5)Mary StantonGoodreads
61Second Twin (Legend of Rhyme, #4)Jaime Lee MannGoodreads
62Secret in the Stone (The Unicorn Quest, #2)Kamilla BenkoGoodreads
63Secrets of the Scepter (Unicorns of Balinor, #6)Mary StantonGoodreads
64Shadows Over Balinor (Unicorns of Balinor, #8)Mary StantonGoodreads
65Someday, NarwhalLisa Mantchev and Hyewon YumWorking Mother
66Song of the Wanderer (Unicorn Chronicles, #2)Bruce CovilleGoodreads
67Sophie Johnson: Unicorn Expert Readings
68Spud & Charli Readings
69Stay Well Soon Readings
70Stuff Unicorns Love Readings
71Sun Blind (The Secret of the Unicorn Queen, #2)Gwen HansenGoodreads
72Sunchaser’s Quest (Unicorns of Balinor, #2)Mary StantonGoodreads
73Swept Away (The Secret of the Unicorn Queen, #1)Josepha ShermanGoodreads
74Teagan of Tomorrow (Legend of Rhyme, #3)Jaime Lee MannGoodreads
75The Black Unicorn (Magic Kingdom of Landover, #2)Terry BrooksGoodreads
76The Blue Unicorn’s Journey To Osm Illustrated Chapter Book: Full Color IllustrationsSybrina DurantGoodreads
77The Chronicles of Amber (The Chronicles of Amber, #1-5)Roger ZelaznyGoodreads
78The Dark Gods (The Secret of the Unicorn Queen, #5)Josepha ShermanGoodreads
79The Final Test (The Secret of the Unicorn Queen, #3)Dory PerlmanGoodreads
80The Firebringer TrilogyMeredith Ann PierceGoodreads
81The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, #7)C.S. LewisGoodreads
82The Last Hunt (Unicorn Chronicles, #4)Bruce CovilleGoodreads
83The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1)Peter S. BeagleGoodreads
84The Little Unicorn That Had No HornJames McDonaldGoodreads
85The Little White HorseElizabeth GoudgeGoodreads
86The Magical Unicorn Society Official HandbookSelwyn E. PhippsWorking Mother
87The Maze, the Manor, and the UnicornMary CatelliGoodreads
88The Outsorcerer’s Apprentice (YouSpace, #3)Tom HoltGoodreads
89The Road to Balinor (Unicorns of Balinor, #1)Mary StantonGoodreads
90The Son of Summer Stars (Firebringer, #3)Meredith Ann PierceGoodreads
91The Third Wish: Dream’s Honour (The Unicorns Of Wish, #3)Deby AdairGoodreads
92The Thirteenth UnicornW.D. NewmanGoodreads
93The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of Shadow (The Twelve Kingdoms, #1)Fuyumi OnoGoodreads
94The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of Wind (The Twelve Kingdoms, #2)Fuyumi OnoGoodreads
95The Twelve Kingdoms: Skies of Dawn (The Twelve Kingdoms, #4)Fuyumi OnoGoodreads
96The Twelve Kingdoms: The Vast Spread of the Seas (The Twelve Kingdoms, #3)Fuyumi OnoGoodreads
97The Unicorn and the MoonTomie dePaolaBook Riot
98The Unicorn GirlM.L. LeGetteGoodreads
99The Unicorn HunterDel HendersonGoodreads
100The Unicorn of the WestAlma Flor Ada and Abigail PizerBook Riot
101The Winter Horses Readings
102Today I’ll Be a UnicornDana SimpsonBook Riot
103Troll or DerbyRed TashGoodreads
104Una the Unicorn Who Loves to DanceAmelia GatacreBook Riot
105Unicorn (And Horse)David W. Miles and Hollie MengertBook Riot
106Unicorn Academy: Isabel and Cloud Readings
107Unicorn Academy: Scarlett and Blaze Readings
108Unicorn And Horse Romper
109Unicorn Bait (Unicorn Bait #1)S.A. HunterGoodreads
110Unicorn Handbook (The Powerpuff Girls) Read Brightly
111Unicorn KeepAngelia AlmosGoodreads
112Unicorn Of Many Hats Romper
113Unicorns of UdithiaBethany SilverGoodreads
114Unicorns Sticker Book Chapters
115Unicorns: Magical Creatures From Myth and FictionMia Di FrancescoGoodreads
116Valley of Fear (Unicorns of Balinor, #3)Mary StantonGoodreads
117Warrior Beautiful (Riders of Paradesos, #1)Wendy KnightGoodreads
118Wendell the NarwhalEmily DoveWorking Mother
119Wish Again: Dream’s Truth (The Unicorns Of Wish, #2)Deby AdairGoodreads
120Wish: Dream’s Beginning (The Unicorns Of Wish, #1)Deby AdairGoodreads
121Zombies Vs. UnicornsHolly BlackGoodreads

9 Best Unicorn Book Sources/Lists

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