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The Glittery Unicorns Book List

This list was born out of a question: someone wanted to know what were books we’d recommend for the young lady in his life, to save her from sparkly vampires. I was tagged in the comments, and realized that although I have several lists for boys, I hadn’t done one specifically for girls. This still isn’t specifically for girls, for that matter. Surely everyone loves reading about princesses and dreaming castles in the air? Well, ok, as a girl I didn’t. I was all about horses and wilderness survival and learning to fish, hunt, and trap. My daughters, on the other hand… the Junior Mad Scientist had a series of unicorns as a smol. She named them all Bob. So we had Mama Bob, and Squishy Bob, and Sparkly Bob, and… this list is for girls like her, who love all things pink and glittery. 

As always, I posted on social media, and others suggested books they had loved, or their children did. I couldn’t make these lists on my own, and I deeply appreciate my fellow readers who help out with them. The books are in no particular order, and range from classics well-beloved, to new titles that will seem smart and up-to-date. 

Title Author Link
The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin L Jagi Lamplighter
The Little Princess Frances Hodgson Burnett
Little Women Louisa May Alcott
The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
Five Little Peppers Margaret Sidney
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld Patricia McKillip
The Blue Sword Patricia McKinley
Valor’s Child Kal Spriggs
A Wrinkle in Time Madeline L’Engle
The Borrowers Mary Norton
Dragonsong Anne McCaffrey
Dealing with Dragons Patricia Wrede
Heidi Johanna Spyri
The Chronicles of Narnia CS Lewis
The Wingfeather Saga Andrew Peterson
Wee Free Men (Tiffany Aching series) Terry Pratchett
The Ordinary Princess MM Kaye
The Family Shame Chris Nuttall
Black Beauty Anna Sewell
Misty of Chincoteague Marguerite Henry
Born to Race Blanche Perrin
King of the Wind Marguerite Henry
The Famous Five Enid Blyton
Changeling Delia Sherman
So You Want to be a Wizard Diane Duane
The Horsemaster Marilyn Singer
Song of Sorcery Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Parsley Sage, Rosemary and Time Jane Lousie Curry
Enchantress from the Stars Sylvia Endgahl
Witches of Karres James Schmitz
Mairelon and Magician’s Ward Patricia Wrede
Half Magic Edward Eager
Maximum Ride James Patterson
12 Dancing Princesses Jessica Day George
Faerie Queen Amber Argyle
Witch Song Amber Argyle
Lud-in-the-Mist Hope Mirrlees
Once Upon a Time AA Milne
The Rose and the Ring Makepeace Thackeray
Healing of Crossroads Nick O’Donohue
Have Spacesuit will Travel Robert Heinlein
Shikari Alma Boykin
The King of Elfland’s Daughter Lord Dunsany

15 thoughts on “The Glittery Unicorns Book List

  1. this list is for girls like her, who love all things pink and glittery.

    I love that our pink-and-glittery girl is the bruiser tomboy.

    So you have someone who will fight you…wearing pink, glitter-covered shoes, and glittery pink earrings, and a unicorn shirt.

    “The Princess and the Goblin” is rather good, too.

  2. Belated suggestions:

    The Changes trilogy by Peter Dickinson
    Entwined by Heather Dixon
    Fire and Hemlock, and almost anything else by Diana Wynne Jones
    and another vote for The Perilous Gard!

  3. Funny, upon seeing the final list I see that My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara and National Velvet by Enid Bagnold should have been on the list

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