The best books on unicorn in the uni-verse

Shelli R. Johannes Author Of Shine Like a Unicorn
By Shelli R. Johannes

Who am I?

I have always loved unicorns because they are magical and mysterious. They also represent individuality and uniqueness that makes them different. I love the different takes we see now – the grumpy unicorn, the difficult unicorn, the stereotypical unicorn, and the kittycorn.

I wrote...

Shine Like a Unicorn

By Shelli R. Johannes, Maddie Frost (illustrator),

Book cover of Shine Like a Unicorn

What is my book about?

Shine Like a Unicorn is a hilarious picture book about a unicorn who teaches us all the secrets to embracing our unique and glorious selves! “Do you want to shine like a unicorn? 

Of course you do! My name is Glitter Poop and I’m here to show you in nine secret steps how to be a UNICORN. Warning: It’s not always easy being a unicorn. Unicorns are special and totally uni-que. We have crazy names, know how to stand out in a herd, love to ask questions, and always search for the bright side. Most importantly, we make our own magic!”

The books I picked & why

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Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn

By Shannon Hale, LeUyen Pham,

Book cover of Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn

Why this book?

I love Itty Bitty Kitty-Corn because it celebrates the magic of friendship. The book is about Kitty who wants to be a unicorn but her friends try to prove she isn’t one. This book encourages kids to be exactly who they want to be—no matter what anyone says. The art is adorable to create the most heart-bursting, tail-twitching, fuzzy-feeling, perfectly unicorn-y story imaginable. You can’t help but fall in love with Kitty Corn.

Unicorns Are the Worst!

By Alex Willan,

Book cover of Unicorns Are the Worst!

Why this book?

I love this book because it is a different take on a unicorn. In this book, a goblin explains why magic is a serious business. He also complains that “all unicorns do is frolic around, have tea parties, and leave glitter all over the place!” He doesn’t think unicorns are helpful until he gets into a pickle himself. This book shows kids that stereotypes and judgments we may have about others are not always correct. Never judge a book by its uni-horn.

How to Catch a Unicorn

By Adam Wallace,

Book cover of How to Catch a Unicorn

Why this book?

I love this book because it's about kids who want to try and catch a unicorn. They set up all kinds of traps to trap the magical creature. Of course, the unicorn is way too clever and is determined not to be caught. The kids use everything imaginable to lure the unicorn: ice cream, glitter, and lemonade. It’s also a very sweet rhyming book, which is hard to do. Better luck next time!


By Andrew Root, Erin Kraan (illustrator),

Book cover of Nerdycorn

Why this book?

This is a different take on a unicorn. Fern loves chemistry and math more than glitter and flowers. She prefers building robots and coding software to jumping through shimmering rainbows. Her friends make fun of her until they need her to fix the confetti machine. I love that Fern refuses to change for anyone. This book teaches kids about always about being themselves—and that sometimes you have to stand up for yourself too.

Kevin the Unicorn: It's Not All Rainbows

By Jessika Von Innerebner,

Book cover of Kevin the Unicorn: It's Not All Rainbows

Why this book?

This book is a different take on unicorns. What do you mean all unicorns aren’t happy? Kevin wakes up on the floor and has a bad hair day. He tries to be positive but everything seems to go wrong. I love this book because sometimes we have bad days and that it's okay to have a bad day.

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