6 Interesting Greek Mythology books for children

Posted by My Chapter One on 19.09.2022

In our last week’s blog, we spoke about the importance of Indian mythology in children. Mythology gives children a basis for thinking. When we talk of mythology as a genre, the one section we can’t miss out on is the books based on Greek mythology.  Kids love Greek mythology and understandably so because they are action-packed, drama-filled, funny, and adventurous stories. Greek mythology teaches through the examples of Greek myths, which are full of simple moral lessons that are applied in our daily lives.

The children are mesmerized by the way the qualities and power of the heroes and the characters like gods, demigods, legends, and even monsters are described in the book. If asked, what kind of hero would they like to be their answer is influenced by the unique abilities of the Greek mythology characters. 

Introducing children to Greek mythology books at a suitable age is a great way to inspire them to be imaginative, curious, and adventurous. As children, they imagine, accept, and get excited to read about a magical world where the impossible can happen. This is a great way to nurture their reading habits by introducing them to Greek mythology storybooks. 

Here is a list of some of the interesting Greek mythology titles:

I am Pan by Mordicai Gerstein (ages 5 – 9)

I Am Pan

Mischievous from the moment he emerges howling and screeching from his mother's womb, Pan, God of the wild, creates chaos wherever he goes. Noise and confusion follow him as he steals arrows from Artemis, conceives panic, tricks the moon into falling in love with him, and saves the world from the monster, Typhon. With panache and a wicked pair of horns, Pan spreads chaos and laughter on the way to becoming Mount Olympus's most lovable pest. The cheerful illustrations perfectly describe the characters so well. Your little one is going to have a fun time reading this with lots of laughter in store!

Echo Echo by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Josee Massee

Echo Echo

This is a poetry book with reverso poems with great illustrations. Reverso poems are poems that are flipped upside down, more or less, and still make sense! Marilyn Singer has skillfully written these poems based on Greek myths which your child would want to read again n again. I especially love the “Pandora and the Box” and “King Midas and His Daughter” poems. 

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Percy Jackson learns that not only are the Greek Gods alive and well, and living in the United States, but his own father is Poseidon, the Greek God of the sea. That makes Percy a demi-god. The series in this book is all about how he escapes from monsters, trains at Camp Half-Blood, and tries to save the world from the Titans.

Oh My Gods! by Stephanie Cooke and Insha Fitzpatrick (ages 8 – 12)

Oh My Gods

Karen moves in with her dad, Zed, on Mount Olympus. The kids at her new school are very different. She then realizes and learns that they’re actually Gods and Goddesses! When her friend Apollo gets turned to stone, Karen and her new friends have to clear Karen’s name and save Apollo. They meet a lonely girl named Medusa who is responsible for the stone statues. Read this book to find out if they will be able to fix things for both Apollo and Medusa?

Greek Myths retold by Ann Turnbull

Greek Myths retold by Ann Turnbull

If your child is a Greek mythology fan then he/she is sure to love reading this book. This is a very well-researched book on Greek Mythology. The author, Turnbull gives us the ultimate guide to Greek locations, monsters, heroes, Gods, and mortals.

Beasts of Olympus Series by Lucy Coats

Beasts of Olympus Series by Lucy Coats

The Beasts of Olympus series are fun to read. These books talk about the adventures of a new stable boy called ‘Demon’. He has a unique ability to talk to animals which helps him survive his encounters with some of the scariest and most unusual creatures.

Apart from the above-mentioned, there are many more interesting titles that talk about Greek mythology. Books, as we all know make the best gifts and best friends. We are sure that your child will find these books entertaining and interesting to read. 

Being a hero doesn’t mean you’re invincible. It just means that you’re brave enough to stand up and do what’s needed.

- Rick Riordan
Greek Mythology

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