Top 10 Mythology Books and Resources for Kids

Top 10 Mythology Books and Resources for Kids

I confess to a deep and abiding love for mythology. It started when I was a kid; I fell in love with Greek Mythology even without Percy Jackson books! I used to read Edith Hamilton’s great mythology books over and over again.

I pinned books every mythology book from around the world including the reading list from The National Mythology Exam in my Mythology for Kids Pinterest board and I’ve used this to select 10 really great books from it.

What great mythology for kids books am I missing? Did you write a post on a mythology book for kids? Let me know via email and I’ll include in my board. Thank you!

 

10 Mythology Books to Get Kids to Love Mythology

10. Young Zeus by Brian Karas

In the guise of a charming picture book about Zeus as a young child is actually a well researched scholarly account of Greek Mythology. Even though I read a lot of Edith Hamilton mythology as a child, I learned facts about Zeus and how he came to power that I never knew. And my son just thinks this is a great picture book. [picture book, ages 4 and up]


9. The Pharoah’s Secret by Marissa Moss

You might know Marissa Moss from her notebook Amelia series. I thought her ancient Egypt action adventure story is similar to The Kane Chronicles but even better because it focuses on a shorter time period and is therefore less confusing. There are the same elements of two siblings who have ancient powers to be discovered as well as a time travel adventure with the future of the world at stake! [chapter book, ages 8 and up]

8. Encyclopedia Mythologica by Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda

The neighbor boys next door are fortunate to have Bob Sabuda as their godfather. They said that THEY told him to do this book on mythology because Percy Jackson is so popular. He was wise to listen to them! Sabuda’s pop-up books are legendary for imaginative, mind-blowing 3-D creations as well as information packed factoids. It’s a book for endless discovery! [pop up non-fiction, ages 6 and up]

7. Heroes In Training series by Joan Holub

If your child isn’t quite ready for thick chapter books like Percy Jackson, this series is perfect for those starting to read independently. The heroes in training are the Olympians at a younger age and while the mythology isn’t always accurate as to satisfy Classicists, it’s still a fun adventure. It also sets up the reader to slide right in to Percy Jackson. [easy chapter book, ages 6 and up]

6. Goddess Girls series by Joan Holub

Holub has a version of easy chapter books on Greek Mythology aimed at girls. Again purists like Grasshopper and Sensei will be frustrated by the inaccuracies in the mythology stories and the plots often turn around mean girl bullying. Still, it’s a great series for girls who have an interest in mythology. [easy chapter book, ages 6 and up]

5. Olympians series by George O’Connor

Think Marvel Comics but with Greek Mythology! Graphic novels and mythology are a marriage made in heaven for getting boys reading, especially reluctant boy readers in middle school. Try this for 6th graders who are studying Greek mythology in school but perhaps prefer a well drawn and dramatic graphic novel! O’Connor sneaks in many of the ancient great works like Homer’s Odyssey story in an engaging way. [graphic novel, ages 9 and up]

4. Amazing Greek Myths of Wonder and Blunder by Michael Townsend

If you need a “Todd Parr” light hearted graphic novel approach to Greek Mythology, this one is perfect for those who want cartoon humor with their mythology. I would try this with readers who like Holub’s series. [graphic novel, ages 8 and up]

3. Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharoahs by Marcia Williams

I am very partial to Ancient Egypt and graphic novels so this was no brainer pick for me! Marcia Williams uses a comic strip approach to tell nine stories of Ancient Egypt including mythology and history. After all, the gods and pharoahs are related! [graphic novel, ages 9 and up]

2. D’Aulaires Greek Mythology by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

If you wanted one Greek mythology book for a wide age range — perhaps you have more than one child or you want this book to grow with your child — then I would pick D’Aulaires. They have an excellent series of mythology books covering Norse, Greek and Trolls but I’d start with this one. [non-fiction short stories, ages 6 and up]

1. Percy Jackson series and anything written by Rick Riordan

What better way to get kids reading and learning about Greek, Roman and Ancient Egyptian mythology than to crack open a book by Rick Riordan? Why not read them all? Or, if you are like my son. Read them in order and then, re-read them in backwards order. Acing the 6th grade mythology unit has never been easier if you do it with Percy Jackson! [chapter book, ages 6*and up]

*Many of my son’s friends have been reading Percy Jackson since first grade. A few even read it in Kindergarten either as a read aloud or because they were highly motivated advanced readers. I would say that it’s action packed and with action packed battles including the death of a few characters that the reader might be attached to. My son’s friends are not bothered by this at all but fair warning that they also play Halo and Call of Duty so they are somewhat immune to violence.

 

Mythology for Kids Honorable Mentions

Número Uno by Alex Dorros and Arthur Dorres, illustrated by Susan Guevara

Here’s a clever Latino take on Hercules versus Socrates. Who is the most important person in their village? A young boy has an idea and devises a test. Sending them both away, the villages work on the bridge that they are building and see who they miss more. With Spanish words sprinkled into the story, this is a fun spin on Greek mythology! [picture book, ages 4 and up]

Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton

I confess that I am partial to this book of short stories that I loved as a child. Edith Hamilton was a pioneer in her time both as The Classicists’ Classicist and as a female scholar in this field. Since each story is short, it makes a great bedtime book! [non-ficiton stories, ages 9 and up]

Stickman Odyssey, Book 1: An Epic Doodle by Christopher Ford

I would try this with reluctant boy readers who only like Diary of the Wimpy Kid. It has that same goofy protagonist feel but it’s also a graphic novel with stickman drawn doodles. I think there is definitely a book on this list that can entice any kid to give mythology a chance. If all the other books failed, try this one! [graphic novel, ages 9 and up]

Great Mythology Resources for Kids

How Ancient Greek Statues Really Looked

The National Mythology Exam (yes, kids take this for fun!)

The National Mythology Exam Book List

The Golden Lyre original interactive 1 man actor performance for grades K-2 and Chariots of the Sun for middle school.

Chariots of the Sun, Jeffrey Benoit

It was a dragon-like monster called the Gorgon who stole the lyre (pronounced liar) and turned the King’s daughter to stone. The only way she can be changed back is by hearing the music of the lyre, but no one knows where the Gorgon’s cave is located. It’s only when a young man named Alex shows up at the palace that things take a dramatic turn. Like CHARIOT OF THE SUN, the show uses a combination of poetry, masks, and mime, as well as call-and-response, where students make a host of fantastic sounds to move the story along.

The Golden Lyre original interactive 1 man actor performance for grades K-2

 

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Top 10 Mythology Books and Resources for Kids

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8 Comments

  1. “Young Zeus” sounds great! I was also intrigued by “Stickman Odyssey”, but our library doesn’t seem to have a copy. I miss the Massachusetts library system!
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  2. Ann

    Great post! We have the D’Aulaires book and have read the Brian Karas one. Didn’t know about the Zabuda one, will have to look for that. I have suggested the girls mythology series to my daughter but I think she is too much of a purist too. I am impressed with anyone reading Percy Jackson in kindergarten! My daughter still hasn’t attempted them. I will look out for the Edith Hamilton one also!

  3. We’ll have to check out Young Zeus- it’s never too early to introduce mythology to kids- the only book we’ve got on this list is the D’Aulaires book, but it’s such a good one!
    Jeanette Nyberg recently posted…Encouraging the Weirdness in Your KidsMy Profile

  4. Young readers might also be interested in our Greek Myth books, called “Early Myths”.

    We have three books to date:
    Odysseus
    Perseus
    Jason & the Golden Fleece

    Perseus won a prize at the Moonbeam Children’s Awards at the end of last year.

    Our multimedia books are available on the iPad, iPhone, Kindle, and we also have versions as audiobooks and paperbacks.

    More details available on earlymyths.com

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