Harry Potter + Greek Mythology = Percy Jackson Series (ages 8-14)

Greek Mythology Chapter Book Series for Kids

Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

I took a day off the computer yesterday and just read books 2 through 5 of the Percy Jackson series. I have to say it was the best day ever! This is a really wonderful series with wide appeal both in age and in gender and the range is ages 8-adult. There is also no weak link in the series and every book stands on its own, though I do suggest reading them in order. I’ve included my previous book review of the first book, The Lightening Thief, below, and can add that I stayed up way past my bedtime, AGAIN, to finish the last book. They Are Simply That Good!

I’ve added the classic Mythology by Edith Hamilton which I read and loved as a child. You may as well capitalize on an interest in Greek Mythology and even Roman Mythology that this series will instill in your child. The Usborne is great for younger readers but Edith Hamilton is THE expert and her Mythology book has greater detail.

I also wanted to add that I bought the 5 book set listed below; the one that looks like it’s in a treasure box. It’s $52 but the books are all hard cover, so I feel like it’s a bargain. Also, I never found any of the Percy Jackson books sitting on the library shelves and I was too lazy to reserve so it was easier to just buy the set. My 4th grader was just as excited as I was to open the box, and she abandoned Harry Potter, Book 6, to dive right in. She also LOVED them which was very gratifying to me. I do feel that I’ll get good use out of the books as I’m quite confident all my kids will go through this series at some point and LOVE IT!

The Lightening Thief by Rick Riodan. This is “Harry Potter meets Greek Mythology” and it’s a fantastic read! It’s such a page-turner that I stayed up to 2 a.m. to finish it! This is a MUST READ before the movie comes out!

Percy Jackson is an ADD, dyslexic 6th grade hero who has trouble staying in school because, as it turns out, he’s no ordinary human but a half-blood related to one of the big three in Greek Mythology. He must find and return Zeus’ lost lightening bolt to prevent WWIII. This series makes Greek Mythology come alive so I’ve included a Greek Mythology book as well. The level of difficulty is slightly easier than Book 1 of Harry Potter; this book is 375 pages long, normal sized type. [ages 8-14]

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. bea

    Dear Pragamatic Mom!
    My 10 year old loved the Percy Jackson series, so we just wanted to support your reccomendation and let you know we are truly excited for the premiere of the movie. But we could not put these books down. Happy reading.

    • I’m so glad you and your family are enjoying the Percy Jackson series. We are now also reading The Red Pyramid and The Lost Olympian. I hope Riordan keeps cranking them out!

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