Always Be A Unicorn
In this inspiring picture book for unicorn lovers young and young-at-heart, readers are urged to believe in their remarkable, singular, imperfect selves.
And it’s not what’s on the outside that makes a unicorn a unicorn. It’s what’s on the inside. Which means anyone can be a unicorn! So what are you waiting for? Go! Frolic in every forest. Slide down every rainbow. Swim in every glittery sea. And charge fearlessly in the direction of your most outlandish dreams.
Written and illustrated by the creators of the bestseller Goodnight Unicorn, Always Be a Unicorn makes a spot-on gift for anyone enchanted by unicorns, celebrating a big life moment, or in need of a reminder about how special and beloved they are. Perfect for birthdays, holidays, graduations, milestones, and just because.
“This book about being yourself, finding your joy, and living a magical life is as relevant to adults as it is to children. So many people these days are obsessed with outer beauty and perfection, but that is not what being a unicorn is about. It's about releasing your inner beauty. And though inner beauty isn’t perfect, it's pure and wonderful, and that is beautiful in itself. LOVED it!”
– Adam Wallace, author of How To Catch A Unicorn
Coming May 2020!
Hardcover, full-color picture book • Ages 4 and up
Written by Peal E. Horne • Illustrated by Kendra Spanjer
32 pages • 11.5 x 8" • ISBN 978-1-934649-79-4
“This book about being yourself, finding your joy, and living a magical life is as relevant to adults as it is to children. So many people these days are obsessed with outer beauty and perfection, but that is not what being a unicorn is about. It's about releasing your inner beauty. And though inner beauty isn’t perfect, it's pure and wonderful, and that is beautiful in itself. LOVED it!” — Adam Wallace, New York Times bestselling author of How To Catch A Unicorn
“This book made me cry tears of happiness. Always Be A Unicorn takes just a few minutes to read but fills your heart and head with a jolt of inspiration that lasts for days. The words and illustrations team to create a powerful message—an anthem for young and old. We may not be perfect, but we are all unicorns, destined for magical lives.” — Dana Cain, owner and cofounder, Unicorn Festival Colorado
“Colorful pages of cute and quirky characters. Readers will be inspired to be the very best versions of themselves! Always Be A Unicorn is full of charm and sparkle, and it’s sure to delight.” — Jessica Burkhart, author of the Unicorn Magic series
"Uplifting and truly magical, Always Be a Unicorn will invigorate the adventurous spirit of readers of all ages. Not only is this beautifully illustrated book the new go-to graduation present (make room, Oh, The Places You'll Go!), it’s an encouraging gift no matter the occasion." — Renée Becher, bookseller at Old Firehouse Books
"What child doesn’t want to imagine that they’re a unicorn? Kids will delight in this inspiring and heartwarming tale that builds character, confidence, and resilience. The message that everyone has an inner unicorn—no matter what they look like on the outside—promotes inclusivity and celebration of our differences. Bright, joyful illustrations complement the spirited story. In case you haven't gotten the memo, unicorn books are wildly popular among both the young and the young at heart. This is a positive addition to any library collection." — Sarah Kostin, children's librarian, Bud Werner Memorial Library
“Always Be A Unicorn is proof that some of the most enlightened books being published today are picture books. And unicorn wisdom is the best kind of wisdom: live compassionately, pursue your dreams fearlessly, and surround yourself with a motley crew of fellow unicorns. With every reading, this book inspires readers to embody their most authentically magical selves.” — Casey Landau, Librarian, Garden Home Community Library
“What a treasure! My ‘blessing’ of second-grade students loved the eclectic cast of cheerful, whimsical unicorns. And the message is clear: each of us can go after our dreams—no matter who we are, where we’re from, or what we’re facing. I love that Always Be A Unicorn inspires my students to be fearless kids of character!” — Rob Langford, elementary teacher, Traut Core Knowledge School
“This gorgeously illustrated book reminds kids that it's great to be unique, wonderful to have friends, and important to be kind. And what a beautiful example of the wisdom of a children's picture book applying to readers of all ages. We could all be more confident, more friendly, more kind, and more grateful.” — Trevor Adams, Youth Services Library Associate, Mesa County Libraries
“Always Be A Unicorn is about discovering or rediscovering your unique wonderfulness within. Humans, young humans in particular, tend to see the world in high contrast. They struggle with the idea that they can make mistakes AND still be good and lovable. This book seeks to guide readers to the very true realization that perfection is not what makes us wonderful. It’s our quirks, flaws, and errors—and our ability to grow from them—that make us special and most like a unicorn. We all need a refresher on this lesson once in a while because it would be a shame to miss an opportunity to embrace our inner unicorns.” — Candace Martin-O’Connor, Assistant Director of Early Childhood Education, Poudre School District
“Always Be A Unicorn is a beautiful book that shows the world, especially the next generation of children, that differences are our greatest assets. This book inspired me beyond measure, and my niece absolutely loved it! It’s truly a book that every child needs to read.” — Cory Lee, CurbFreeWithCoryLee.com
“Children and adults alike will be drawn in by the lavish drawings, vivid colors, and delightful characters. The gentle text affirms that you’re capable and loved, just for being you. Kindness, grace, and joy fill each page. A treat for all!” — Dr. Sandy Butler, Honors Education Faculty, Front Range Community College
“A heartwarming reminder to always be the best possible version of yourself, and to own up to mistakes. In addition to unicorn lovers, this is the perfect book for anyone going through a rough time or in need of a reminder to love themselves.” — Jessie Maimone, youth librarian
“With a magical message and sweeping, gorgeous illustrations, Horne and Spanjer have crafted yet another winner—a perfect gift for many occasions!” — Pam Calvert, author of Brianna Bright Ballerina Knight
“This book is a gentle reminder of how sweet life can be. The world is a better place because of you, so shine brightly, with glittery abandon. Be the magic!” — Jaruwan Taylor, the Cosmic Unicorn