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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 https://amzn.to/2M7fmAf
The Little Princess Frances Hodgson Burnett https://amzn.to/2LwgEDJ
Little Women Louisa May Alcott https://amzn.to/2kVf02U
The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett https://amzn.to/2JxUR13
Five Little Peppers Margaret Sidney https://amzn.to/2sIi0mY
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld Patricia McKillip https://amzn.to/2kSPD1S
The Blue Sword Patricia McKinley
Valor’s Child Kal Spriggs https://amzn.to/2M90CjY
A Wrinkle in Time Madeline L’Engle https://amzn.to/2JAeaXy
The Borrowers Mary Norton https://amzn.to/2sBpJUu
Dragonsong Anne McCaffrey https://amzn.to/2M6NgoI
Dealing with Dragons Patricia Wrede https://amzn.to/2M8ppor
Heidi Johanna Spyri https://amzn.to/2xQ89Bi
The Chronicles of Narnia CS Lewis https://amzn.to/2sNlGUF
The Wingfeather Saga Andrew Peterson
Wee Free Men (Tiffany Aching series) Terry Pratchett https://amzn.to/2M4THZf
The Ordinary Princess MM Kaye https://amzn.to/2kVONS4
The Family Shame Chris Nuttall https://amzn.to/2LwZYvU
Black Beauty Anna Sewell https://amzn.to/2xQSDVJ
Misty of Chincoteague Marguerite Henry https://amzn.to/2Lukb5m
Born to Race Blanche Perrin https://amzn.to/2kSrNDl
King of the Wind Marguerite Henry https://amzn.to/2kWaktY
The Famous Five Enid Blyton https://amzn.to/2sCleJq
Changeling Delia Sherman https://amzn.to/2LquKGD
So You Want to be a Wizard Diane Duane https://amzn.to/2xRZvSS
The Horsemaster Marilyn Singer https://amzn.to/2LrQ9iI
Song of Sorcery Elizabeth Ann Scarborough https://amzn.to/2kQhm36
Parsley Sage, Rosemary and Time Jane Lousie Curry https://amzn.to/2LtI0KK
Enchantress from the Stars Sylvia Endgahl https://amzn.to/2JuY12t
Witches of Karres James Schmitz https://amzn.to/2JstRws
Mairelon and Magician’s Ward Patricia Wrede https://amzn.to/2sGNWJi
Half Magic Edward Eager https://amzn.to/2Jumyod
Maximum Ride James Patterson https://amzn.to/2LvRQLW
12 Dancing Princesses Jessica Day George https://amzn.to/2kUVsf6
Faerie Queen Amber Argyle https://amzn.to/2l0p0IB
Witch Song Amber Argyle https://amzn.to/2JFHHz1
Lud-in-the-Mist Hope Mirrlees https://amzn.to/2JoSe2b
Once Upon a Time AA Milne https://amzn.to/2JoStKD
The Rose and the Ring Makepeace Thackeray https://amzn.to/2kXvR5x
Healing of Crossroads Nick O’Donohue https://amzn.to/2LyLgo4
Have Spacesuit will Travel Robert Heinlein https://amzn.to/2Mc4OiW
Shikari Alma Boykin https://amzn.to/2xQCr7a
The King of Elfland’s Daughter Lord Dunsany https://amzn.to/2xUACG1

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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