The best unicorn books 📚

Browse the best books on unicorns as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of How to Catch a Unicorn

How to Catch a Unicorn

By Adam Wallace

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

Kevin the Unicorn: It's Not All Rainbows

By Jessika Von Innerebner

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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Book cover of The Unicorn Sonata

The Unicorn Sonata

By Peter S. Beagle

Why this book?

Peter Beagle is best known for his fantasy novel, The Last Unicorn, but other than featuring unicorns, this book is unrelated. It’s a beautiful story about thirteen-year-old Josephina Rivera. Her parents don’t have time for her, so she hangs out at a music store, where she is drawn to the music played by a mysterious young boy. This soon leads her across a magical border into a land peopled by unicorns, fauns, and other magical creatures. But the story is about more than mythic animals; it’s a poignant, inspiring tale about life, sacrifice, and the love between a girl…

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The Secret Rescuers: The Sky Unicorn

By Paula Harrison

Why this book?

I wanted to choose a book about unicorns (given they’re one of my favorite things to write about!) and this is the second book in a great magical series perfect for middle-grade readers who prefer shorter chapter books. Ava and her friends live in Arramia along with many magical creatures such as unicorns, dragons, firebirds, and star wolves. In this book, Ava sets out on a daring adventure to rescue a gorgeous baby unicorn who has been stolen from his herd by an evil villain. Paula Harrison is a brilliant writer for readers who like reading about magic and animals.…

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Book cover of The Legend of the First Unicorn

The Legend of the First Unicorn

By Lari Don, Natasa Ilinčic

Why this book?

I recommend The Legend of the First Unicorn because I adore unicorn stories and this one is particularly special. This beautifully written story is inspired by Scottish legend and the book’s illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. The Legend of the First Unicorn is a picture book for older readers and is an enjoyable adventure story of imagination, courage, and friendship.

I love that the unicorns in the story are portrayed not as cute, cuddly creatures, but as majestic, powerful beasts. The Legend of the First Unicorn is a stunning book and would make an amazing gift for a child.

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Book cover of Rampant

Rampant

By Diana Peterfreund

Why this book?

Unicorns—white horses with horns on their heads. If that was your first thought, prepare for Rampant to turn your world upside down. These unicorns aren’t the fairytale variety. They are man-killers. Literally. I loved how this book took unicorns and made them creatures to be feared. And the best part of all: the only ones that can stop them are a group of teenage girls. Dark secrets, a forbidden romance, and girls that can kick unicorn tail. What more could you want?

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