Magical unicorn books that your child will love

Almost Everybody Farts

Unicorns are trendy – when you see grown-ups in unicorn tops and holding unicorn hot drinks, you know something cultural is happening. There's even a National Unicorn Day!

But kids have been ahead of the curve for years. They've long known that these glorious, mystical horses are a source of fun and wonder AND a great excuse to crack out the glitter and sparkle. 

So let's all believe in magic for just that little bit longer and settle down with a range of unicorn-tastic books – perfect for babies all the way up to aged ten. 

  • The Magical Unicorn Society: Official Handbook

    Author: Selwyn E Phipps and Jonny Leighton Illustrator: Harry and Zanna Goldhawk and Helen Dardik
    Publisher: Michael O’Mara Books Limited
    Interest age: 6-10
    Reading age: 7+

    After centuries of mystery, the mythical Magical Unicorn Society has published its official handbook. It's a treasure chest of unicorn lore – the where, why and what of these elusive beasts.

  • Sophie Johnson: Unicorn Expert

    Author: Morag Hood Illustrator: Ella Okstad
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Interest age: 3-5

    Every toy or animal in Sophie's sight is given a horn, and because she is a unicorn expert, she teaches them about magic, hunting and other important unicorn things. But Sophie is a little too busy teaching her “unicorns” to even notice a when a real one shows up...

  • Magical Pets: A Practical Guide

    Author: Anya Glazer
    Publisher: David Fickling Books
    Interest age: 4-6
    Reading age: 5+

    This wonderful book by Anya Glazer is a fantastic combination of a book about finding the right pet – an important experience in a child’s life – as well as a whimsical imagining of a variety of magical beasts. 

  • Super Happy Magic Forest

    Author: Matty Long
    Publisher: Oxford
    Interest age: 4-5

    This anarchic and amusing picture book deserves much praise for taking commonplace story elements - pixies, goblins, unicorns and magical locations - and giving them an original twist. It's a hilarious read, with rich and vibrant illustrations. 

  • My Magical Unicorn

    Author: Illustrator: Yujin Shin
    Publisher: Campbell Books
    Interest age: 0-2

    Follow the bright adventures of one very cute unicorn as she spends a day in a magical world full of rainbows, castles, multicoloured trees and fun friends. 

  • Amelia Fang and the Unicorn Lords

    Author: Laura Ellen Anderson
    Publisher: Farshore
    Interest age: 7-10
    Reading age: 7+

    Anderson’s writing is as zany as ever in this third instalment of the Amelia Fang series. It's all presented completely accessibly and with tons of humour. The book reads well on its own even if children haven’t read the previous two. 

  • Ten Minutes to Bed, Little Unicorn

    Author: Rhiannon Fielding and Chris Chatterton
    Publisher: Ladybird Books

    It’s ten minutes to bedtime, but Twinkle the little unicorn is showing no sign of sleepiness! This bedtime read, which features a rhyming countdown, is just the thing to help little ones wind down at the end of a busy day.

  • Louie Lets Loose!

    Author: Rachel Hamilton Illustrator: Oscar Armelles
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Interest age: 7-9
    Reading age: 7-9

    Louie the unicorn lives a quiet life with his parents in Story Land, until his invite to the New York School of Performing Arts arrives. This book is a fantastically funny tale of friendship and adapting to a new school.

  • Melowy: The Test of Magic

    Author: Danielle Star Cortney Powell and Ryan Jampole
    Publisher: Papercutz
    Interest age: 6-10
    Reading age: 7+

    The Melowies are five girl unicorns who live in Aura, a world where magical creatures live in harmony. When they find themselves transported out into the outside world to face their deepest fears, it is the power of friendship that can save them.

  • Where’s the Unicorn? A Magical Search-and-Find Book

    Author: Jonny Marx and Sophie Schrey Illustrator: Paul Moran Simon Ecob Stuart Taylor and Wan (Big Red Illustration)
    Publisher: Michael O’Mara Books Limited
    Interest age: 6-10
    Reading age: 7+

    The seven unicorns of Rainbow Valley have exhausted all their favourite hiding places and decide to leave their magical forest in search of adventure. This immersive search-and-find book is bright and busy and will keep kids’ attention.

  • Almost Everybody Farts

    Author: Marty Kelley
    Publisher: Sterling
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 5+

    Part of the joy of this book, featuring the eternally amusing subject of farting, is the skilful depiction of a variety of farting faces belonging to all the different characters. Plenty of laughs guaranteed.

  • Peppa’s Magical Unicorn

    Author: Peppa Pig
    Publisher: Ladybird Books
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 5+

    This sparkly story about Peppa and her family is perfect for young unicorn fans, but, as ever, it’s a great story about friendship and family.