There’s a reason why so many kids and adults are obsessed with unicorns: They’re majestic and magical, strong but peaceful, and ultimately, somewhat mysterious. To add a little sparkle to your child’s day, here is a curated collection of the best reads about these wondrous creatures for a wide range of ages (and we won’t bat an eye if you read them for fun, too).
Thelma the Unicorn by Aaron Blabey
Unicorns: They’re dazzling, they’re one-of-a-kind, and they’re magical. But so are you — just the way you are! That’s the message of this stunning book about Thelma, an ordinary pony who dreams of being a unicorn. But once her wish comes true, she discovers that not all that glitters is gold, and that her pony ways are what make her so wonderfully who she is. Your little ones will indulge in their love for unicorns with this story, but will also learn that they don’t need sparkles to shine.
You Are My Magical Unicorn by Joyce Wan
“You are magical my little one. Reach for the stars, the moon, the sun.” So begins this enchanting, adorable board book about a unicorn who, representing your little one, chases colorful dreams and never lets fear stand in the way. In the pretty-in-pastel story, your child will gleefully point to lovable characters like smiling stars, flower-clad deer, and of course, a magical unicorn that leaves rainbow trails behind — all while learning an invaluable life lesson about hope and persistence.
Unicorn and Yeti #1: Sparkly New Friends by Heather Ayris Burnell
Unicorn and Yeti run into each other while they’re looking for sparkly new things, and soon they find out that they’re opposites! Unicorn is magical, while Yeti is not. And while Unicorn can’t throw snowballs, it’s Yeti’s favorite thing to do! However, the two become friends over a shared love of hot chocolate with rainbow sprinkles, proving to little readers that our similarities are more important than our differences.
Unicorn Magic by Sabina Gibson
Once you’ve experienced it, you’ll realize it’s difficult to find a story dreamier than this one! A perfectly whimsical read before bed, it tells the tale of the Forever Forest, where unicorns have special magic in their horns. Some can spin animal-shaped clouds, while others paint brilliant sunrises. But one unicorn, Periwinkle, is worried she’ll never discover her special talent. Luckily, her forest friends remind her that magic comes from within, and altogether, they discover the gift she’s had all along.
Beanie Boos: Unicorn Treasure Hunt by Meredith Rusu
You collected Beanie Babies as a kid, and now your child is obsessed with wide-eyed Beanie Boos — some of which are magical unicorns. This book follows their story and teaches little readers about the importance of friendship. When Treasure the unicorn receives a mysterious treasure map, she sets off on an adventure with her close friends to find the hidden surprise. Magical bonus: This book comes with shiny stickers!