According to this health article in CNN, reading is fundamental to the family’s happiness. And it is a lot of fun too! If you want to read more books with your kids, but are not sure what subject, consider Greek mythology books. Introducing children to Greek mythology at an early age is an excellent way to inspire them to be adventurous and imaginative. It is also a great way to learn more about Greece and the world. Have a look at our best Greek Mythology Books for kids!
Greek mythology is fun
Most Greek heroes in the tales of Greece accomplish amazing tasks. Greek mythology is full of immortal gods, beautiful and intelligent goddesses as well as human beings and other weird creatures that kids can relate to.
Prepare your vacation with Greek mythology books for kids
Finally, reading books about Greek mythology is also a great way to prepare your kids for your next vacation in Greece! They will love visiting the locations mentioned in their treasured stories. Below are our favourite Greek mythology titles for kids and (pre-) teens.
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Best Greek mythology books for kids
Early Myths is a very successful series of books about Greek heroes: Odysseus, Perseus and Jason & the Golden Fleece. Perseus won a prize at the Moonbeam Children’s Awards at the end of last year. These multimedia books are available on the iPad, iPhone, Kindle, and there are audiobooks and paperbacks. A must-have introduction for anyone starting Greek Mythology with their little ones. Best for ages: 4 – 10
A lovely story about two time travelers who are exploring Ancient Greece. Taki and Toula start their adventure from mount Olympus and meet Zeus and his brothers, Hades and Poseidon, in the middle of a fight. This captivating story is perfect for kids aged 5 to 9 years old. Best for ages: 5-9
Young Zeus is a lovely choice for young Greek Mythology readers from 4 up to 8 years old. The book is a great introduction to the fascinating world of Greek Mythology. In a fun and playful style, the acclaimed illustrator and author G. Brian Karas, narrates the story of young Zeus and tells us how he managed to become the leader of the Olympian Gods and the master of the world. Children will love the book’s beautiful illustrations! Best for Ages: 4-8
I am a fan of Usborne and their Greek Myths for Young Children is a must-have for every home collection. The Greek myths are a fascinating part of our cultural heritage, and young children will find these stories of gods, mortals and monsters irresistible. This collection of the best-known stories are retold in a magical and sensitive way.
Best for ages: 4 and up
Snake Hair: The story of Medusa
My kids love the story of Medusa. There is something magical about a woman with snake hair! In this book, we learn more about the beautiful woman who Athena cursed to become a feared creature. Best for ages: 6-8
The Heroes in Training Series is a fun collection of books that cover the adventures and exploits of the Greek gods when they were kids. It’s full of silliness, mishaps, and a host of famous Greek gods, goddesses, and heroes as kids. Best for ages: 6-8
The Trojan War is a very important one of Greek history. If you have heard of it, you may about Cyclops too. In this chapter of the Ready-to-Read book series, your kids will explore the great myth of the one-eyed people eater Cyclops. The story explains how the Cyclops captured Odysseus on his way home to Greece after the Trojan War. The illustrations are beautiful! Best for ages: 6-9
More about the famous Trojan War can be read in this book. Your kids will find out how the Greeks managed to win the Trojan War by letting Trojans think they won the war! Again, a book with beautiful pictures. Best for ages: 5-6
The Hour of the Olympics has been a bestselling chapter book for more than 20 years now and a great choice for kids aged 6 to 9 years old. In this book, kids will explore the ancient Greek Olympic games and the story of Annie, a child who breaks the rules and tries to attend the exclusive-to-men sports event. Best for ages: 6-9
From heroic warriors battling monsters to the fantastic legends of gods and goddesses, help your child learn all about Ancient Greece through exciting stories. The publications of DK Readers are part of a five-level, highly pictorial reading scheme, with lively illustrations and engaging stories to encourage reading. Best for ages: 7 – 9 years
Greek mythology books for kids: Wonder Woman vs. Circe
Wonder Woman vs. Circe is a fast-paced illustrated comic book that features the mythological Amazon Princess, Wonder Woman as she battles to capture the evil Circe. Best for ages: 7-10
Goddess Girls Series are novels about a special school on Mt Olympus that teaches all the talented boys and girls such as Pandora, Artemis, and Persephone. Every one of these books is a story about how a special girl goddess navigates the challenges that she faces in school and all the fun adventures she gets into while making friends, learning and growing up.
Best for ages: 8-12
Argos: The Story of Odysseus as Told by His Loyal Dog, is a book for youngsters who love pets. The stories in this volume are narrated from the perspective of Argos, Odysseus’s dog. He recounts their adventures from his unique point of view. Best for ages: 8 – 12
A Child’s Introduction to Greek Mythology: The Stories of the Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, Monsters, and Other Mythical Creatures
A must-have for every family who loves reading, history, and mythology. Packed with action, adventure, tragedy, and triumph, A Child’s Introduction to Greek Mythology acquaint kids ages 9-12 with all the fantastic and memorable classic Greek myths. The book is organized into two main parts.
The first section of A Child’s Introduction to Greek Mythology introduces the gods and goddesses, from Apollo to Hades, as well as nymphs, satyrs, centaurs, and the mortal descendants of Zeus, such as Hercules and Midas.
Part two is dedicated to the myths themselves: Pandora’s Box, Prometheus’ Discovery of Fire, the Trojan Horse and many more. Sidebars feature word definitions and fun facts, as well as games and projects. As with all the other books in the Child’s Introduction series, Meredith Hamilton’s witty and charming illustrations add yet another dimension to the excellent and absorbing text. Best for ages: 9 – 12 years
Classic stories from Greek mythology come to life in this latest single-subject themed book in the Weird But True spin-off series, Know-It-All.
Zeus, Hades, Aphrodite, Hera, Poseidon, Hercules, Achilles, Ares, Apollo, Athena, Artemis, Dionysus, Prometheus! Fans of Rick Riordan will find this is the perfect companion book to dive a little deeper into the incredible stories from Greek mythology. Weird-but-true facts accompanied by lush original full-color art cover everything kids need to know about all their favorite Greek gods, heroes, monsters, quests, muses, and famous philosophers.
Best for ages: 8 – 12 years
Children who love ancient history and mythology love the books and movies of Percy Jackson. My daughter especially loves all the books of Percy Jackson & the Olympians, often shortened to Percy Jackson or PJO, This is a pentalogy of fantasy adventure novels written by Rick Riordan. More than 69 million copies of the books have been sold in more than 35 countries. Best for ages: 8 – 12 years
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
Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes is an excellent introduction to Greek Mythology for kids. It takes us into that magical world of the Greek gods, goddesses, heroes, monsters, and other mythical creatures. A must-have for every fan of Ancient Greece and mythology and a great gift. Very suitable for young readers. Best for ages: 8 – 12 years
In print for over fifty years, D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths has introduced generations to Greek mythology—and continues to excite young readers. If you’re looking for a great book on Greek mythology for kids, D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths is easily the best one out there. It’s written in a style so simple and clear that children should have no problem understanding it, but the language is also very colorful and evocative. It entertains as it informs. Best for ages: 8-12
Treasury of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes & Monsters is the book for kids who want to be highly informed on Greek mythology. This book covers numerous myths, offer lessons about the various gods, gives an insight into Greek history, culture, and geography and it does it all in an easy-to-read and enjoyable manner.
National Geographic completes the book with embellishments of each story: sidebars for each god, goddess, hero, and monster link the myths to constellations, geography, history, and culture to help young readers connect the stories to real-life events, people, and places. Best for ages: 8-12
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
The Olympians Series Mythology books
The Olympians Series are tastefully illustrated books that cover the adventures of all the major Greek gods starting with Zeus all the way to Athena, Ares, Hades, and many others. Best for ages: 9-14
This sturdy Olympians Boxed Set includes paperback editions of the first six Olympians books by the above-mentioned multiple New York Times–bestselling author/illustrator George O’Connor. Best for ages: 9 – 14 years
Must-have Books about The Odyssey
In a list of best books about Greek Mythology for kids, I believe this box cannot be missed. Famous Homer has written two classic epics: Iliad and Odyssey. This is a 2-book collection that promises to offer an unforgettable reading experience to your kids. Get to learn about the Trojan War and well-known heroes like Achilles, Hector, and Odysseus. The collection’s beautiful pictures are influenced by Greek pottery. This book collection is a must-have for kids who want to start with mythology. Best for ages: 7-11
In the first part of this (2-parts) book, your kids will explore the journey of brave Odysseus and how he fought with cannibals, witches, and serpents to get back home after the Trojan War This book is a great way to teach kids how courage is a commendable virtue! Best for ages: 6-10
Tales from the Odyssey, Part Two (The Gray-Eyed Goddess; Return to Ithaca, The Final Battle) by Mary Pope Osborne
In the second part of the series, we follow our hero Odyssey, on his magical journey where he meets the rest of the mythical creatures that he fought on his way back to Ithaca. Mary Pope Osborne has specially written this book for children aged 7-11 years old. Best for ages: 7-11
Another great Odyssey book for older kids is this book by Gillian Cross and Neil Packer. As with our previous recommendations, this is an exciting remake of Homer’s famous epic, The Odyssey. Another must-have for kids who want to follow Odysseus’s fascinating journey and meet his wife Penelope. Best for ages: 8-12
A must-have Odyssey story for kids from 9 to 12 years old is this Usborne Illustrated Odyssey. The book is well-written, and its breathtaking pictures make it excellent. If your kids love adventures, this is the one to buy.
Best for Ages: 9-12
For older children, we recommend The Children’s Homer. The book was specially written for children and teens and combines the Iliad and the Odyssey. Kids and teens will learn about the mythical times when Achilles and Odysseus won the war against the Trojans. Best for Ages: 10+
One more in this section about Odyssey works for preteens and teens. This version of the Odyssey is a fantastic gift for readers who are also looking for beautiful illustrations. The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds is very well known and has been praised by many people like Rick Riordan (the author of Percy Jackson & the Olympians) It is an excellent remake of the breathtaking Homer epic. Best for ages: 12+
Best Greek Mythology books for 10 and up
Tales of the Greek Heroes talks about the mysterious and exciting legends of the gods and heroes in Ancient Greece, from the adventures of Perseus, the labours of Heracles, the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts, to Odysseus and the Trojan wars. Adolescents will love the captivating storylines and the behind-the-scenes journey. Best for ages: 10 and up
In Oh My Gods, superstars of Greek mythology meet the modern age–complete with profiles, headshots, and family trees; fascinating sidebars; and irreverent surprises, for readers ages 10-14. Just as its title, a fun adventure for 10 and up! Best for ages: 10 – 14 years
Greek Mythology books for 12 years old: Greek Myths
Greek Myths is a Greek mythology book that illustrates sixteen well-written Greek myths and is perfectly worded for (pre-)teenagers to enjoy. The stories are written in a narrative and storytelling manner that is easy to digest for kids. Best for ages: 12 and onwards.
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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.