do you believe in unicorns?


ISBN: 978-0763694685

candlewick press

a junior library guild selectioN

amazon best books of the year

parents’ choice award winner


Is believing in magic the key to seeing a unicorn? If you keep your eyes open to wonder, the possibilities are endless.

Is that a horse wearing a hat? It’s definitely not a unicorn in disguise — that would be ridiculous, right? It’s probably just a horse that’s having a bad hair day. Or trying to keep the sun out of its eyes. Or perhaps this horse just really likes hats! If you follow it long enough, maybe it will take off its hat and you’ll finally know for sure. Or will you? It’s all a matter of perspective in this story about seeing magic in the everyday.

star “Spellbinding read-aloud gold.”—Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) Read the full review.

star “The musing text, with its questions posed to the audience, will be a hit at storytime or during a lapsit, and the invitation to believe the impossible makes this a wonderful segue into encouraging kids to make up their own fantasy stories.”—CBBC (Starred Review)



Color and dress your unicorn with its very own hat.

teacher tip card from candlewick (PDF download)

A discussion guide for teachers.


An entire site inspired by this book, including DIY activities that combine science, art, and magic, and UnicornCam—an app for spotting unicorns!