As a young child, I remember sitting on my fathers’ lap listening to the most amazing stories of Roman Mythology. My love for his stories resulted in me travelling to Italy and studying Culture in my later life. Although I ended up in Greece, I still feel very close to Roman culture. And because I love reading mythology stories with my kids, I decided to research the myths of the Romans too. This post lists 10 of the best Roman Mythology Books for Kids.
Greek versus Roman Mythology
Did you know that Roman Mythology is very closely related to Greek Mythology? Roman Mythology was created almost 1000 years later, but it adopted the ideas of Greek mythology and “paraphrased” those ideas as their own.
Why read Roman Mythology with Kids
Mythology is an important part of any culture. It plays a large role in the rituals followed in society, and in the way your community thinks and functions. Culture is ultimately what defines our society, and what we stand for. In a world where our morals and values are challenged every day, a good grounding and understanding of what made us who we are can help our children stay strong.
Mythology (whether it is Greek or Roman) is full of stories about Gods and Goddesses, heroes and brave demi-gods. Kids will not only identify with the mythological characters but also dream of a fantasy world and understand human feelings and emotions better.
Kids like stories. And when it comes to history, they learn from stories, not from dense paragraphs about the phases of the Bronze Age, the location of trade routes, or the injustices of the social order here and there. So if you want to teach them more about Ancient Rome, Roman Mythology is the way!
Books about Roman Mythology for kids
Spark an interest in Roman mythology with these kids’ books that recount the classic stories or use them as inspiration for new and exciting tales. From immortal gods, goddesses, and heroes to unusual creatures and demigods, these mythology books for kids are filled with action, drama, and adventure
For more information on each book; click on the highlighted titles or book covers
Roman Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Roman Gods, Goddesses, and Mythological Creatures is a standard handbook for all kids who love to read more about Roman Mythology. This book helps you to understand the basic gods and can be an introduction to other stories. Kids will discover all aspects of the Roman gods, goddesses, and mythological creatures. Each of the first six chapters begins with a narrative scene that helps bring the legendary and mythical characters to life.
In The Romans: Gods, Emperors and Dormice children are about to meet Dormeo: gladiator, dormouse, berry-nibbler, and guide to ancient Rome. He’s about to lead a tour — from the temperamental gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus to the birth of the Roman Republic and the death of Julius Caesar. On the way are glimpses of life as a Roman citizen, from families to festivals, gladiators to guards, as well as a look at some of Rome’s best-known emperors (good and not so good). Packed with fascinating information, this graphic storybook (both in paperback and in Kindle) is a young reader’s ideal introduction to the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. Best for ages: 8 – 12
Romulus – Remus is a sweet story about the twins who made Rome. You probably have heard of them. This book takes a look at the mythical stories behind the creation of Rome. You will learn that the main characters of such stories are always Romulus and Remus. How did these twins create Rome? And what happened to them?
4. Tools of the Ancient Romans: A Kid’s Guide to the History & Science of Life in Ancient Rome (Build It Yourself)
We love this series and believe that the Tools of the Ancient Romans: A Kid’s Guide to the History & Science of Life in Ancient Rome is a must-buy for curious kids. It explores the scientific discoveries, athletic innovations, engineering marvels, and innovative ideas created more than two thousand years ago. But through biographical sidebars, interesting facts, fascinating anecdotes, and fifteen hands-on activities, readers will learn how Greek innovations and ideas have shaped world history and our own world view.
This publication combines the two great civilizations of the Ancient World. If your kids like hand-on activities, fun facts and trivia, this Classical Kids: An Activity Guide to Life in Ancient Greece and Rome is the perfect book for them to travel back in time to see what life was like in Ancient Greece and Rome while having fun with projects such as making a stargazer, chiselling a clay tablet, weaving Roman sandals, creating Roman jewellery, casting a vote in a Roman-style election and more. Best for ages: 6 – 10.
6. National Geographic Kids Everything Mythology: Begin Your Quest for Facts, Photos, and Fun Fit for Gods and Goddesses
You cannot go wrong with National Geographic. This magazine is jam packed with fascinating facts and awe-inspiring imagery that brings your favorite fierce mythological heroes to life, introducing kids to gods of ancient worlds. Best for ages: 8 – 12 years
The Romans and their Many Gods is a handbook for any child fond of Roman Mythology. It comes in Kindle and hard copy and describes the Romans and their Gods.
Being a mom of two girls, I never get enough of books highlighting powerful women, even if they are mythological creatures. This one should be in every girl’s book cupboard. Best for ages: 9 to 12
What was life like in Ancient Rome? If your 6th grader has ever wondered what it’s like to live in the ancient times without technology, then this picture book should be read. Ancient history can be a wonderful, interactive read, if you give your child the right learning tools. Learn about the early history, science, architecture, art and government of ancient Rome.
Ancient Rome for Kids through the Lives of its Heroes takes kids through history through storytelling – through tales of heroes and kings, with no tribute paid to modern economic and social perspectives. The book retells stories without adding any fictional color. There is also lots of information about the social order and daily life of Ancient Rome. The book is richly illustrated with paintings portraying historical figures and everyday life in ancient Rome. Best for ages: 8 to 14.
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Celeste was born and raised in the Netherlands but lives in Greece for 25 years. She studied at the Dutch Institute of Athens underneath the Acropolis and currently lives with her family in an Athenian suburb. Celeste is the founder of Family Experiences Blog. Whether you and your family live in Greece or are visiting, this blog will show you the very best ways in which to celebrate family life here.