23 Magical Unicorn Books for Kids (Free File)

23 Magical Unicorn Books for Kids (Free Unicorn Activity). Unicorns are the Worst, How to Catch a Unicorn and so many more ideas for your kindergarten or first grade classroom. Free math and litreacy activity too!

Can’t get enough unicorn books for kids? Well, I have a collection of 23 picture books about these magical creatures that will make your young readers’ dreams come true! But first, I want to focus on one book that features these mythical creatures, but our main character is not convinced that unicorns are all that. In fact, he thinks, “Unicorns are the WORST!”

Unicorn Books for Kids: #1 Unicorns are the Worst

Unicorns are the Worst by Alex Willan is laugh-out-loud funny!  The goblin in not a fan of unicorns until they display their collective magic of unicorns to save the day.  These illustrations!  DYING!

It is safe to say that Goblin is not a unicorn fan.

I will walk you through the 5 day reading comprehension work we do with this book as an interactive read aloud.

Unicorns are the Worst : Day 1 Character Analysis

As I mentioned, Goblin is not enamored with his unicorn friends at the beginning of the book and the end of this little fairy tale.

Unicorns are the Worst: Day 2 Text Details

On the second day with this book, we look at the details that are in the text.   This comprehension strategy is skill that transfers over to other books we know.

Unicorns are the Worst Read Aloud for kindergarten
After we have completed the text detail activity as a whole group, students add these into their reading comprehension notebook.

Unicorns are the Worst: Day 4 Infer

Here is the prompt we used for this day.  “Readers infer to help them understand what is happening in the story. Look at the page where the goblin is at the party store.  There are rows of unicorn party supplies.  How do you think he feels?  Why does he feel this way?”

Unicorns are the Worst: Day 4 Compare

Students compare and contrast how the unicorns and goblins are the same and different.  He is what our chart set up looks like.  as we read, we are able to notice similarities and contribute to this chart.  After all… they both have magical powers… right?

Unicorns are the Worst Read Aloud for kindergarten

Unicorns are the Worst: Day 5  Opinions

Here is the final question we used for our book discussion. 

“Would you rather be neighbors with a dragon or a unicorn? Give reasons to support your answer.”

Naturally, we love a good craft!  Here are a few unicorn craft pictures (and goblin.)

 

Unicorns are the Worst Read Aloud for kindergarten
I love all of the colorful unicorn pictures!

Unicorns are the Worst Reading Comprehension Lesson Plans

You can find all of these lessons including the craft by clicking on the link below:

Unicorns are the Worst Read Aloud for kindergarten

Unicorns are the Worst Video

Here is a great video version of the book.  It is being read by the author!
 

Here are some more children’s books that will make your students unicorn experts!

Some of these books are simply fairy tales while others offer an important message to children of all ages.

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Unicorn Books for Kids: #2 How to Catch a Unicorn

How to Catch a Unicorn by Adam Wallace

I love this series of books.  They are great for STEAM projects in the classroom!

Publishers Synopsis:  Try to catch one of the world’s most elusive mythical creatures—the unicorn! Filled with zany traps and lots of rainbow unicorn fun, this is the perfect unicorn gift of the year!
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Unicorn Books for Kids: #3 Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great

Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea

I love this book because it makes me laugh!  This book will speak to those of us who are constantly trying to keep up!

Publishers Synopsis:  Ever since Unicorn moved into the neighborhood, Goat has been feeling out of sorts. Goat thought his bike was cool—until he saw that Unicorn could fly to school! Goat made marshmallow squares that almost came out right, but Unicorn made it rain cupcakes! Unicorn is such a show-off, how can Goat compete? When Goat and Unicorn share a piece of pizza, Goat learns that being a unicorn might not be all it’s cracked up to be. And when Unicorn shows his admiration for Goat, it looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
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Unicorn Books for Kids: #4 Unicorn Day

Unicorn Day: A Magical Kindness Book for Children by Diana Murray

Did you know there is actually a Unicorn Day?  Yep!  April 9th!  This book would be a perfect book to read for National Unicorn Day!

Publisher’s Synopsis:  Hooray! Hooray! It’s Unicorn Day! Thelma the Unicorn meets Uni the Unicorn in this rainbow-packed kids book guaranteed to delight you with its heartfelt message of inclusivity and dazzling glittery pictures. This clever, colorful, and over-the-top picture book about unicorns and unique-corns is a MUST for all unicorn lovers!
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Unicorn Books for Kids: #5 Unicorn Day

Unicorn Night by Diana Murray

Then at the end of the day, add this to fun story to the bedtime stories pile.

Publisher’s Synopsis:  Unicorns love to prance and dance the day away. But it’s exhausting! Now it’s time for unicorns to brush their manes, fluff their pillows, and sing the unicorn lullaby in this companion to the best-selling Unicorn Day.
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Unicorn Books for Kids: #6 You Don’t Want a Unicorn

You Don’t Want a Unicorn by Ame Dyckman

This is one of those cautionary tales!  HA!

Publisher’s Synopsis:  When a little boy throws a coin in a well asking for a pet unicorn, he has no idea what kind of trouble he’s in for. Unbeknownst to him, unicorns make the absolutely worst pets: they shed, they poke holes in your ceiling, and they make a big mess. 
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Unicorn Books for Kids: #7 Unicorn and Horse

Unicorn and Horse by David W. Miles 

This is also a great book to examine envy (great for kids and adults… wink! wink!)

Publisher’s Synopsis: Horse is brown. Horse is plain. And Horse can’t stand the unicorn he shares a pen with. Unicorn dances. Tra la la! Horse does not. Blah blah blah. But when robbers kidnap Unicorn for a local circus, what will Horse decide to do? 

I have some Emergency Sub Plans that go with this book:

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Unicorn Books for Kids: #8 Uni the Unicorn

Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

This is a best friend fairy tale!  Love it!

Publisher’s Synopsis:  Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s New York Times bestselling picture book about a unicorn who believes that little girls are REAL is perfect for anyone interested in stories of friendship, unicorns, and the power of believing!
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Unicorn Books for Kids: #9 Thelma the Unicorn

Thelma the Unicorn by Aaron Blabey

This is a sweet story and the first book in the series about Thelma.

This book has a follow up title: The Return of Thelma the Unicorn

Publisher’s Synopsis: Thelma dreams of being a glamorous unicorn. Then in a rare pink and glitter-filled moment of fate, Thelma’s wish comes true. She rises to instant international stardom, but at an unexpected cost. After a while, Thelma realizes that she was happier as her ordinary, sparkle-free self.
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Unicorn Books for Kids: #10 The Worst Unicorn Book in the Whole Entire World

The Worst Unicorn Book in the Whole Entire World by Joey Acker

This simple text would be a great mentor text to use to talk about the author’s voice!

Publisher’s Synopsis: Nameless the Rock has now found himself stuck in a book with a unicorn…or is the unicorn stuck in a book with Nameless?!? What could be so bad about a unicorn book?  Is this unicorn a magical and majestic creature or just a horse…with a horn…on its head???
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Unicorn Books for Kids: #11 The Unicorn Came to Dinner

The Unicorn Came to Dinner by Lauren DeStefano

Publisher’s Synopsis: The unicorn smells nice, but she is very rude. She never waits for an invitation to come over―she walks right in and tracks heart-shaped hoof-prints across the carpet. She sits in Elizabeth’s chair and makes a complete mess of the house. She even sleeps in Elizabeth’s bed.
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Unicorn Books for Kids: #12 Shine Like a Unicorn

Shine Like a Unicorn by Shelli R. Johannes

This book is about celebrating and embracing our unique selves!

Publisher’s Synopsis: 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!
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Unicorn Books for Kids: #13 Not Quite Narwhal

Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima 

This is a book about fitting in and standing out!  Is a unicorn a land narwhal or is a narwhal a sea unicorn. Does it even matter?

Publisher’s Synopsis: This picture book tells the story of a young unicorn who was born under the sea to a family of narwhals.
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Unicorn Books for Kids: #14 Never Let a Unicorn Wear a Tutu!

Never Let a Unicorn Wear a Tutu! by Diane Alber 

Publisher’s Synopsis: Have you ever seen a Unicorn wear a tutu?!? This story is about a little girl who over heard her friend say, NEVER LET A UNICORN WEAR A TUTU Unfortunately, she didn’t have a chance to ask why, and now she has a fantastic tutu for her UNICORN and she isn’t sure what to do!
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Unicorn Books for Kids: #15 Never Let a Unicorn Scribble

Never Let a Unicorn Scribble! by Diane Alber 

Publisher’s Synopsis: This story is about a little girl who keeps hearing, “Never let a unicorn scribble!” But in her heart believes that people just don’t understand how beautiful scribbling can be. She keeps trying to teach her unicorn to scribble but soon realizes this is more difficult then she anticipated. 
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Unicorn Books for Kids: #16 My Camel Wants To Be a Unicorn

My Camel Wants To Be a Unicorn by Julia Inserro 

Publisher’s Synopsis:  Why would a camel want to be a unicorn? Great story to introduce the concept of empathy — don’t make assumptions about others, ask and observe.
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Unicorn Books for Kids: #17 Margaret’s Unicorn

Margaret’s Unicorn by Briony May Smith 

Talk about a dream come true!  This speaks to the 6 year old in me. This is such a lovely story!

Publisher’s Synopsis: One evening, Margaret spots a mist over the water. No, that’s not mist…clouds maybe? No, they’re unicorns descending onto the shore! They vanish as quickly as they’d appeared, but accidentally leave behind a baby, tangled in the weeds. Margaret, lonely and in need of a friend, brings him home and cares for him through the fall and winter.
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Unicorn Books for Kids: #18 Lily the Unicorn

Lily the Unicorn by Dallas Clayton

This would also be a great mentor text for writing.  Lessons on labeling pictures and telling more come to mind.

Publisher’s Synopsis: Lily the unicorn loves making new friends and going on adventures! So when Lily meets her new pal, Roger the penguin, she plans all sorts of fun for them. But Roger is afraid of trying new things. What if he tries and fails?
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Unicorn Books for Kids: #19 I’m Basically a Unicorn

I’m Basically a Unicorn ’m Basically A Unicorn: A Celebration Of What Makes Us Unique by Melanie Hawkins 

We need more books like this!

Publisher’s Synopsis: This is a celebration of unique traits and abilities that will help us realize that we are all basically unicorns! From unique traits that make us look or just feel a bit different, to different abilities, this book is for everyone.
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Unicorn Books for Kids: #20 I Turned My Mom Into a Unicorn

I Turned My Mom Into a Unicorn by Brenda Li

Publisher’s Synopsis: This book is bursting with confetti, magic, rainbows, sparkles, and fun! Ted’s mom is always asking him to do chores – like brush his teeth and clean up his toys. Maybe if he turns his mom into a super fun unicorn, everything will be awesome!
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Unicorn Books for Kids: #21 A Unicorn Named Sparkle

A Unicorn Named Sparkle by Amy Young 

Lucy gets a new friend!

Publisher’s Synopsis: When Lucy sees an ad in the newspaper for a unicorn, she sends in her twenty-five cents and waits four to six long weeks for her very own unicorn to arrive.
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Unicorn Books for Kids: #22  How to Draw a Unicorn

How to Draw a Unicorn by
Lulu Mayo

Oh my GOODNESS!  I  can see this being a book that gets used… A LOT!   Put this book in your writing center and I bet your students would love it!

Publisher’s Synopsis: Anyone can learn to draw adorable unicorns and other cute creatures using simple shapes in 5 easy steps. 
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Unicorn Books for Kids: #23  Mythical Beasts

Mythical Beasts 100 Fun Facts About Real Animals and the Myths They Inspire by Stephanie Drimmer 

I saved this book for last because… HELLO?  Non-fiction writing!  This could really hook your young readers. While you might use this as a read aloud book, it would also appeal to older readers. 

 

23 Teacher Approved Unicorn Books for Kids!

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Deedee Wills

Deedee Wills

My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!

Hi, I'm DeedeE.

My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!
 

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