Top 10 Unicorns in Kid's Lit
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The Secret Lives of Unicorns by Dr Temisa Seraphini
Illustrated by Sophie Robin
If you thought unicorns were strictly imaginary, think again! Anatomy, evolution, life cycle, magical properties - discover just how much you didn't know about unicorns. Dive into the life's work of famed unicornologist Professor Temisa Seraphini with this beautiful, fully-illustrated encyclopedic volume of unicorn knowledge. Meet species from the fjords of the North to the unforgiving deserts of the equator as you discover the wonders of this enchanting creature from past to present.
Guardians of the Wild Unicorns by Lindsay Littleson
Cover illustration by Samantha Woo
I know it's a crazy plan, and you don't need to come with me. But I'm going to find the unicorns, and when I find them, I'm going to set them free.
Lewis is cold, wet and miserable on his school residential trip in the Highlands of Scotland. The last thing he expects to see is a mythical creature galloping across the bleak moorland. Unicorns aren't real... are they? Lewis and his best friend Rhona find themselves caught up in a dangerous adventure to save the world's last herd of wild unicorns. Fighting against dark forces, battling the wild landscape, and harnessing ancient magic, can they rescue the legendary creatures in time?
If I Had a Unicorn by Gabby Dawnay
Illustrated by Alex Barrow
Have you ever imagined what it would be like to have a unicorn for a pet?
In this humorous, energetically rhyming tale, a little girl experiences exactly what life would be like with a magical creature for a pet – from sprinkling stardust on grumpy parents to sliding into football practice on a rainbow.
Once Upon a Unicorn Horn by Beatrice Blue
Do you know how unicorns got their horns? It all began once upon a magic forest, when a little girl called June discovered tiny horses learning how to fly in her garden. But one of the poor horses couldn’t fly at all! So, with the help of her parents, June thought of a very sweet and very delicious way to make her new friend happy. I wonder what it could have been…
A magical and fun-filled story about how unicorns got their horns is the first in a new series about how magical creatures came to have their gifts.
Sophie Johnson Unicorn Expert by Morag Hood
Illustrated by Ella Okstad
Meet Sophie Johnson, a self-confessed unicorn expert (among other things) who has dressed up her toys and pets with their own unique horns. Strange then, that she doesn’t seem to notice the real unicorn who has come into her house...
A wonderfully humorous story, ideal for fans of unicorns, rainbows and magic everywhere!
The Naughtiest Unicorn by Pip Bird
Illustrated by David O'Connell
Mira CAN’T WAIT to start Unicorn School. But when Mira arrives on her first day all the unicorns are gone . . . except Dave!
Dave isn’t quite the sparkly magical unicorn Mira was expecting to find at the end of the rainbow – he’s more grumpy than glittery, more interested in lunch than magical quests and he always runs off when Mira tries to ride him – but Mira’s not going to let that get her down. Along with her new friends and their (much more glittery) unicorns, she is determined to be the best at Quests and protect the special unicorn world!
For all fans of The Worst Witch, The Magic Unicorn Society, My Little Pony, Pamela Butchart - and for anyone looking for the perfect unicorn gift for girls and boys!
How to Grow a Unicorn by Rachel Morrisroe
Illustrated by Steven Lenton
Welcome to Mr Pottifer's Parlour of Plants: a magical shop with the most surprising plants you'll ever see!
Sarah thinks she's discovered the perfect gift for her garden-loving grandma, but before you can say GARDEN FULL OF UNICORNS, things grow wildly out-of-hand!
Live your own hilarious unicorn fantasy in this rip-roaring, rhyming delight from wordsmith extraordinaire, debut author Rachel Morrisroe, and the ridiculously talented, bestselling Steven Lenton.
The Legend of the First Unicorn by Lari Don
Illustrated by Nataša Ilinčić
Once upon a time in Scotland, a young prince had lost his smile...
Renowned Scottish children's author and storyteller Lari Don weaves an enchanting tale, inspired by local folklore, about the origins of the unicorn. this stunning and authentic tale is atmospherically brought to life by Nataša Ilincic's rich illustrations, and is destined to become a classic.
The unicorn, magical and strong, is Scotland's national animal and heraldic symbol.
The Unicorn Quest by Kamilla Benko
Frozen meets The Chronicles of Narnia in the first book of an enchanting fantasy trilogy about a girl searching for her lost sister in a land at the top of a ladder up the chimney.
When sisters Claire and Sophie move into Windemere Manor they discover a strange ladder in a fireplace that leads them to a magical land Arden. There, they find a world in turmoil. The four guilds of magic no longer trust each other. The beloved unicorns have disappeared, and terrible wraiths roam freely. Scared, the girls return home. But when Sophie vanishes in the night, it will take all of Claire's courage to climb back up the ladder, find her sister, and uncover the unicorns' greatest secret.
The Magical Unicorn Society by Selwyn E. Phipps and Jonny Leighton
Illustrated by Harry and Zanna Goldhawk and Helen Dardik
After centuries of mystery, the mythical Magical Unicorn Society has published its official handbook.
The Magical Unicorn Society has existed for centuries, dedicated to studying, understanding and protecting unicorns. The secretive society has been shrouded in mystery - until now.
This official handbook documents decades for research and exploration, and provides the ultimate guide to these fantastical beasts. Discover the myth of the Gold and Silver Unicorns, and the legendary stories of the seven unicorn families. Find out about their unique powers, where they live around the world, what unicorns eat and how to have the best chance of spotting one. Learn about the history of the Magical Unicorn Society - from its foundation to the present day - and how to become a member.
With breathtaking artwork from Helen Dardik and Harry and Zanna Goldhawk (Papio Press), and stunning design and production, this special book gallops through a history of these mythical creatures and looks at their magical future.
At last, here is the proof that unicorns, and their spell-binding magic, are real.