The best children’s books that capture the magic of unicorns

Who am I?

My only granddaughter and her love and fascination with unicorns is the reason why I dedicated Mysty the Mystical Unicorn to her! I hope that Mysty inspires children everywhere to focus on their imagination, creativity and to always believe in themselves! My desire to write a children’s picture book started at a very young age, reading is a passion of mine that my own children inherited and now my grandchildren too! My wish is that all children will love Mysty and enjoy her adventures as well as the five books that I have recommended. Always keep on believing in magic, miracles, and yourselves!


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Mysty the Mystical Unicorn

By Kimberley Paterson, Ava Jahani (illustrator),

Book cover of Mysty the Mystical Unicorn

What is my book about?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit a magical, mystical universe surrounded by rainbows, moonbeams, and shooting stars? How would you like to visit a mythical land where anything is possible? What if this beautiful, enchanting universe was the home to a mysterious, magical, and very beautiful unicorn as well, would you love to visit now? Come along with us as we share in the magical adventures of the amazing unicorn named Mysty, where the fun is never-ending and your imagination can soar to new heights! Mysty would love for you to join her! Will you?

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of Today I Found a Unicorn

Kimberley Paterson Why did I love this book?

This is a heartwarming story about a special friendship that developed between a little girl and the beautiful unicorn who came to visit her. They shared a wonderful day together playing hide-and-seek and enjoying a picnic lunch on a gorgeous summer day. My granddaughter’s love of unicorns along with the colours pink and purple make this book an excellent choice for her, I am sure plenty of children will love it too!  

By Jack Lewis, Tanya Glebova (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Today I Found a Unicorn as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

This beloved, beautiful story about friendship and the power of imagination is now available as a gorgeously illustrated children’s picture book.

Today I Found a Unicorn has delighted both children and parents with its simple yet elegant tale of a young girl whose day is turned upside down when she discovers a Unicorn on her lawn. Children will be delighted to read how imagination and friendship can change an ordinary day into a magical adventure! It’s the perfect light-hearted book for little ones who love Unicorns and imaginary play, and parents will appreciate the humorous twist at the end.

This…


Book cover of The Little Llama Meets a Unicorn

Kimberley Paterson Why did I love this book?

Everyone loves llamas and unicorns so being able to read a book that combines these two beautiful creatures is amazing. Lila the Llama knew if she wanted to find a unicorn, she needed to find a rainbow, so off she went. The creature she found was incredible. Children will love the imagination, creativity, and surprise ending!

By Isla Wynter,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Little Llama Meets a Unicorn as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Lila the little llama has always wanted to meet a unicorn. But where to find one?

She follows the rainbow until she meets a very strange unicorn... not at all like what she imagined. 

An illustrated children's book about friendship and following your dreams.


Book cover of I'm a Unicorn

Kimberley Paterson Why did I love this book?

As a child, we loved to read a Golden Book story before bedtime every night and this book is just as inspiring. Children will fall in love with the little unicorn who is magical, brave, and strong. They will enter a fantastical world of magic and fantasy where everything is possible, all you have to do is believe!  

By Mallory Loehr, Joey Chou (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked I'm a Unicorn as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A magical Little Golden Book for a little unicorn lover's Easter basket!

I am moonlight white.
I have a magical horn.
I look a lot like a horse, of course. . .

So begins this charming Little Golden Book that introduces the magical unicorn to the littlest readers! 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…


Book cover of My Sister Is a Unicorn

Kimberley Paterson Why did I love this book?

This book is a very fun, rhyming story about a little girl who meets her new baby sister, but surprise, she is not just any sister, she is a unicorn! Follow along with the adventures of Ciara and her unicorn sister Tilly as they go from one adventure to another. They take the bus to school, go swimming, travel by airplane, and on and on, their adventures are endless. Children will love this book about sibling friends having fun together and just enjoying being together.

By Elaine Heney,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked My Sister Is a Unicorn as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

What do you do when you discover your sister is a unicorn? This is the story of a little girl who got a big surprise when her new sister appeared one day! Laugh your way through this charming book with this heart-warming unicorn sister story that both adults and kids can enjoy together as Ciara and her unicorn sister get into all types of trouble as they embark on amazing adventures around the world together.

Perfect gift for little ones: Kids will be captivated with the charming and endearing book, full of laughs and giggles for one and all. Perfect…


Book cover of Princess Naomi Helps a Unicorn

Kimberley Paterson Why did I love this book?

This is a beautiful story about the friendship and bonds between sisters, not just ordinary sisters, but Princess sisters Naomi and Miranda. They were very close but like all siblings, sometimes, they did not get along so Princess Naomi left their castle where she came upon a beautiful little unicorn that had fallen asleep among the red poppies (known for putting unicorns to sleep). She managed to wake the unicorn and they started out to find the unicorn’s baby that was missing. After her fun-filled adventure, she realized she was no longer angry with her sister and could not wait to share her story with Princess Miranda! The bond between family is strong and a wonderful thing.

By Once Upon a Dance, Ethan Roffler (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Princess Naomi Helps a Unicorn as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 4, 5, 6, and 7.

What is this book about?

Unicorns and Horses and Snakes, oh my!

Princess Naomi Helps a Unicorn is a 2021 Mom's Choice Gold Award Recipient.

Interactive movement wrapped up in a charming story of sibling angst, anger management, compassion, and triumph. Grown-ups sit; kiddos move and practice dance fundamentals.

Fed up with her annoying sister, Naomi storms out of the castle, only to discover a unicorn in need of help. With a sense of purpose, she quickly forgets her anger.

Ballerina Konora is featured on each page as optional movement guide for kids who want to get up and dance.

“Cheerful and heartwarming, this movement…


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Book cover of Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World

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What is my book about?

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