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Greek Mythology Books for Kids

28 Must-Have Greek Mythology Books for Kids

    Greek Mythology is such a fascinating field for kids and adults alike! Full of exciting myths and stories about courageous heroes and their adventures, mythical creatures, and the 15 powerful Olympian Gods, ruling the world from the top of Mount Olympus.

    There are so many books for kids dedicated to Greek Mythology, which makes it very hard for parents to choose the best one for their young readers. In order to make your life easier, The Kids Love Greece Team has selected the 15 most popular Greek Mythology Books for kids of various ages. Have a look at the following list and choose the ones you like the most!

    In addition to these books, your kids could also discover the enchanting world of Greek Mythology, through the several fun online Greek Mythology Classes for kids offered by Kids Love Greece! All our online classes for kids are broadcasted live from Greece and are led by an expert in Greek mythology. Kids and teenagers learn about various topics of Greek Mythology through interactive activities, fun games, puzzles, and other fully engaging activities.

    See more information and book your spot : Greek Mythology Online Classes

    1. Young Zeus

    The best introduction to Greek mythology with amazing illustrations and dialogue. Highly recommended for young readers!

    Young Zeus is a lovely choice for younger Greek Mythology fans (4 – 8 years old) and a great introduction to the fascinating world of Greek Mythology.

    In a fun and playful way, the acclaimed illustrator and author G. Brian Karas, narrates the story of young Zeus and describes how he managed to become the leader of the Olympian Gods and the master of the world. Kids love book’s beautiful illustrations!

    Reading age: 4-8

    Grade level: Kindergarten-2

    Amazon rating: 4.8 / 5 stars

    2. Greek Myths for Young Children

    Greek Myths for Young Children is an excellent introduction to Greek Mythology for younger readers (aged 4-9 years old).

    The quality of the colorful illustrations and the engaging text make this book a great gift for young fans of Greek Mythology who want to avoid too much detail.

    It is a quick overview of the more well-known collection of myths, such as Pandora’s Box, Jason and the Golden Fleece, the Minotaur, Odysseus, Hercules, King Midas, and many more. At the end of the book, you will find a ‘How to Pronounce Greek Names’ guide which both you and your young readers will find quite handy!

    Reading age: 4-9

    Grade level: Preschool – 3

    Amazon rating: 4.5 / 5 stars

    3. Hour of the Olympics

    As part of the Magic Tree House series, the Hour of the Olympics has been a bestselling chapter book for more than 20 years now. This is a fantastic choice for kids aged 6 to 9 years old. In a playful way, your kids will explore the ancient Greek Olympic games and the story of Annie, a girl who breaks the rules and tries to attend the exclusive-to-men sports event! Will she find a way to do it?

    Reading age: 6-9

    Grade level: 1-4

    Amazon rating: 4.8 / 5 stars

    4. DK Readers L3: Greek Myths

    This is a fantastic choice for young mythology fans aged 7-9. Are you ready for an introduction to several fun and exciting stories from Greek mythology? Your kids will get to meet all Greek gods and goddesses, like Zeus and Athena, and will get thrilled with well-known myths like the Labors of Herakles. The Greek Myths book is also very famous because of its excellent illustrations. As the brand mentions: With DK, “kids will learn to read – then read to learn!”.

    Reading age: 7-9

    Grade level: 2-4

    Amazon rating: 4.6 / 5 stars

    5. Zeus Tames His Temper (Taki & Toula Time Travelers)

    Taki and Toula Time Travelers has become one of the most well-known book series for younger kids. In this chapter, your kids will get to follow the two heroes as they are launched back and explore Ancient Greece! The adventure starts from mount Olympus where Taki and Toula meet Zeus and his brothers, Hades and Poseidon, in the middle of a fight. Will our friends manage to calm the ruler of gods? This captivating story is perfect for kids aged 5 to 9 years old.

    Reading age: 5-9

    Grade level: Kindergarten-3

    Amazon rating: 5 / 5 stars

    6. Snake Hair: The Story of Medusa

    6. Snake Hair: The Story of Medusa (All Aboard Reading)

    For those of you who have heard about Medusa, you should know that her story is a breathtaking Greek myth. If you want your kids to learn the story while having fun, the Snake Hair book is an ideal choice. The Story of Medusa is an amazing choice for younger kids (6-8 years old). Let your kids explore the tale of a beautiful woman who Athena cursed to become a feared creature!

    Reading age: 6-8

    Grade level: 1-4

    Amazon rating: 4.6 / 5 stars

    7. The One-Eyed People Eater: The Story of Cyclops (Ready-to Read Level 3)

    Are you and your children fans of the Trojan War? If yes, you will probably already know everything about Cyclops. Or not? In this chapter of the Ready-to-Read book series, your kids will explore the great myth of the one-eyed people eater Cyclops. This amazing book explains when Cyclops captured Odysseus on his way home to Greece after the Trojan War. The illustrations are simply breathtaking, on a specially written book for kids aged 6-8.   

    Reading age: 6-8

    Grade level: 1-3

    Amazon rating: 4.4 / 5 stars

    8. Surprise, Trojans! The Story of the Trojan Horse (Ready-to-Read Level 2)

    As with the book explored above, this is another chapter of the super-famous, Ready to Read book series. In the ‘Surprise, Trojans!’ book, kids 5-7 years old will have the opportunity to explore the breathtaking myth of how Greeks managed to win the Trojan War by letting Trojans think they won the war. We are sure that your children will enjoy reading this book and have fun exploring its impressive illustrations.

    Reading age: 5-7

    Grade level: Kindergarten-2

    Amazon rating: 4.6 / 5 stars

    9. Olympians Boxed Set: Zeus, Athena, Hera, Hades, Poseidon & Aphrodite

    The Olympians Boxed Set (Zeus, Athena, Hera, Hades, Poseidon, and Aphrodite) is an ideal gift for preteens and teens (aged 10 – 14 years old), who want to explore the fascinating world of Greek Mythology. It is an engaging and informative series of graphic novels featuring the epic lives of the Greek gods.

    Created by the New York Times–bestselling author, George O’Connor, the Olympians series raptly holds the attention of a difficult to reach age group of readers. The language is easy to follow and the illustrations are just lovely.

    Collectors will adore this set, with lots of new artwork and a free poster featuring the complete Olympians family tree. We are sure that your kids will love the books so much that will soon ask you to get them the rest of the Olympians book series!

    Reading age: 7-10

    Grade level: 4-6

    Amazon rating: 4.8 / 5 stars

    10. Treasury of Greek Mythology

    The new National Geographic Treasury of Greek Mythology is a great beginner book for all parents who wish to introduce the fascinating world of Greek Mythology to kids. While it doesn’t go into too much detail, the stories are well-written and attractive for younger readers (aged 8-12 years old).

    The tales of the Olympian Gods and Goddesses such as Zeus, Aphrodite, Apollo, and Athena, as well as heroes and monsters, such as Helen of Troy, Perseus, and Medusa, will encourage them to learn more about Greek Mythology.

    Reading age: 7-11

    Grade level: 3-7

    Amazon rating: 4.8 / 5 stars

    11. D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths

    In print for over fifty years, D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths has introduced generations to Greek mythology—and continues to enthrall young readers.

    Now updated with a new cover and an afterword featuring never-before-published drawings from the sketchbook of Ingri and Edgar D’Aulaire.

    Most probably many of you have read this wonderful book at some point during your childhood. It is a timeless classic, all Greek Mythology lovers should have in their libraries. Throughout the years this book has inspired many young readers and made them fall in love with the fascinating world of Greek Mythology.

    Besides its captivating stories and myths of Greek Gods and Goddesses, Heroes and Monsters, your kids will be also enchanted by the book’s beautiful artwork.

    In addition, if you are planning a trip to Greece with the family, D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths, is a great book to prepare your kids for the trip. After reading it, they will have a much better understanding and appreciation for the historical sites they will then visit in person.

    This book is highly recommended for ages 8 to 12 years old. We would strongly suggest however, that you should also read it yourselves! Even if you have already read the book at some point in the past, we assure you that you will relive the joy it gave you all over again!

    Reading age: 6-11

    Grade level: 3-7

    Amazon rating: 4.8 / 5 stars

    12. Beasts of Olympus Series

    If you have kids between the age of 7 – 9 years old, we assure you that they will love The Beasts of Olympus Series!

    Inside the pages of the 8 books of the series, your kids will read about the adventures of Pandemonius (a.k.a. “Demon,” the half-god son of Pan) who, on his tenth birthday, is called upon to look after all the mythical creatures that belong to the stables of Olympus. Demon’s special ability to talk to animals, helps him survive both the mythical beasts he cares for and the unpredictable demands of the Olympian Gods.

    The Beasts of Olympus is a really fun read for young lovers of Greek Mythology and action tales. Your kids will also enjoy the book’s beautiful illustrations. The whole series offers a perfect blend of humor, adventure, and Greek mythology!

    Reading age: 7-9

    Grade level: 2-4

    Amazon rating: 4.7 / 5 stars

    13. Heroes in Training – Series Olympian Collection

    The Heroes in Training Series is a hilarious nonstop action collection of 18 books that cover the adventures of the Greek Gods, Goddesses, and heroes when they were kids. This book series is a fun, inventive way to introduce kids between 6-9 years old to the fascinating world of Greek Mythology.

    The terrible Titans, led by Cronus, have put the world into chaos. The Titans’ rule however is about to be challenged by a group of young Olympians, led by ten-year-old Zeus. In order to fight the mighty Titans, the young Olympians must discover and embrace their powers which will help them face and eventually overcome various exciting challenges. Along with introducing some of the most famous mythological characters and creatures, The Heroes in Training Series provide a nice message of overcoming fears and discovering oneself.

    This collectible boxed set includes the first twelve books in the Heroes in Training series: Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom, Poseidon and the Sea of Fury, Hades and the Helm of Darkness, Hyperion and the Great Balls of Fire, Typhon and the Winds of Destruction, Apollo and the Battle of the Birds, Ares, and the Spear of Fear, Cronus and the Threads of Dread, Crius and the Night of Fright, Hephaestus and the Island of Terror, Uranus and the Bubbles of Trouble, and Perseus and the Monstrous Medusa.

    Reading age: 6-9

    Grade level: 1-4

    Amazon rating: 4.9 / 5 stars

    14. A Child’s Introduction to Greek Mythology: The Stories of the Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, Monsters, and Other Mythical Creatures

    A Child’s Introduction to Greek Mythology, is the newest book in Black Dog’s best-selling, award-winning series. A great book for young readers aged 8-12 years old, who wish to explore the fascinating world of Greek Mythology and discover several classic Greek myths and legends.

    Part one introduces kids to the mighty Olympian Gods and Goddesses, as well as other mythological creatures such as the nymphs, the centaurs, and the demigods. Part two is dedicated to the myths themselves: Pandora’s Box, Prometheus’ Discovery of Fire, the Trojan Horse are some of the enthralling stories captured by this lovely book.

    As a bonus, the book includes a Gods and Goddesses Family Tree Poster and Stickers!

    Reading age: 8-12

    Grade level: 4-7

    Amazon rating: 4.7 / 5 stars

    15. Oh My Gods! (Mythlopedia): A Look-It-Up Guide to the Gods of Mythology

    Oh My Gods! (Mythlopedia) is part of a book series where the superstars of Greek mythology meet the modern age. Its modern approach and magazine-style layout make it tempting for teenagers and youngsters (aged 10 – 14 years old) to read.

    It is an easy-to-read choice that engages young readers with fun and short descriptions of each of the Olympian Gods. One of the book’s best features is its funny illustrations and artwork. It is also a great source of reference for all young fans of the Percy Jackson book series.

    You could complete their Mythopedia collection with She’s All That! as well as All in the Family!

    Reading age: 10-14

    Grade level: 5-9

    Amazon rating: 4.7 / 5 stars

    16. Goddess Power: A Kids’ Book of Greek and Roman Mythology: 10 Empowering Tales of Legendary Women

    A wonderful collection of 10 Greek Mythology stories and an ideal choice for kids aged 9 to 12 year old.

    The Goddess Power: A Kids’ Book of Greek and Roman Mythology takes young readers on an extraordinary journey through the myths of several remarkable women from Greek Mythology, such as Gaia, Goddess of Earth, Aphrodite, Goddess of Love and Beauty and many more. The book’s wonderful illustrations and artwork, bring the myths of these amazing ladies to life.

    Inside the book, Greek Mythology lovers will also find a Creature Encyclopedia, including many mythical creatures, a Greek Pronunciation Guide, which will help them pronounce the tongue-twisting names, as well as a Symbol and Strengths guide for each Goddess.

    Reading age: 9-12

    Grade level: 4-6

    Amazon rating: 4.7 / 5 stars

    17. National Geographic Kids Everything Mythology

    National Geographic Everything Mythology is a lovely book covering several fascinating facts and awe-inspiring imagery that brings your kids’ favorite fierce mythological heroes to life.

    It is a great choice for parents of young readers, who wish to introduce their kids to gods of ancient worlds, including that of Greek Mythology. Great for kids from 8 up to 12 years old. Full of interesting facts, colorful illustrations, and infused with humor.

    Reading age: 8-12

    Grade level: 3-7

    Amazon rating: 4.6 / 5 stars

    18. Percy Jackson & the Olympians

    This is a pentalogy of adventure and fiction books written by Rick Riordan.

    This is the ideal gift for all youngsters (aged 9 to13 years old) who love Greek Mythology!

    Most kids are simply obsessed with Percy Jackson, the son of the sea god Poseidon, and his amazing adventures. One thing is for sure…once your kids start reading the Percy Jackson book series, they will not be able to put them down.

    Accompany Percy Jackson and his other demigod friends as they go on a series of quests that will have them facing monsters, gods, and conniving figures from Greek Mythology. Do they have what it takes to save the Olympians from an ancient enemy?

    This value-priced set includes the following 5 best-selling books of the series:
    The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian.

    Now with glorious new cover art and packaged with a special bonus poster!

    Whether it is for readers who are experiencing Percy’s funny and thrilling adventures for the first time, or for fans who want to devour the saga again, this gift will be prized by readers aged 8-80.

    Kids Love Greece recommends Percy Jackson inspired tours to the ancient sites in Greece for families. Have a look at our Mythology Tours inspired by Percy Jackson!

    Reading age: 9-12

    Grade level: 3-7

    Amazon rating: 4.9 / 5 stars

    19. The Goddess Girls Charming Collection

    The Authors put a modern spin on classic Greek myths with the Goddess Girls series. Follow the ins and outs of divine social life at Mount Olympus Academy, a special school on Mount Olympus, that teaches all the talented girls and boys like Artemis, Hestia, Pandora, and Persephone.

    In each of the playful books of the series, young readers discover the story of a special Girl Goddess. Every story is about how a 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.

    This boxed set comes complete with a sparkly, Goddess Girls–inspired piece of jewelry and includes Pandora the Curious, Pheme the Gossip, Persephone the Daring, and Cassandra the Lucky. It is a perfect gift for girls between the age of 8 – 12 years old who want to learn more about Greek Mythology with a modern twist.

    Reading age: 8-12

    Grade level: 3-7

    Amazon rating: 4.9 / 5 stars

    20. The Mythic Misadventures Series

    13-year-old Pandora Atheneus Andromaeche Helena (or Pandy, for short) has no idea what she’ll bring for her school project. By accident, she opens a mysterious box belonging to her father, Prometheus, which unleashes all kinds of evil and misery into the world. Hauled before Zeus, Hera, and the rest of the immortals, Pandy’s given the task of collecting all the evils within a year’s time.

    The 7 books of this lovely series, talk about the adventures of Pandy and her friends while trying to find and put the evils back into the box. It’s a light, fun read, full of adventure and humor that every girl at the age of 9-12 years old, will really enjoy. Each book of the series is a great way to bring young female readers closer to Greek Mythology. The books also include a helpful glossary of Greek Mythology terms.

    Reading age: 9-12

    Grade level: 4-6

    Amazon rating: 4.3 / 5 stars

    21. Argos: The Story of Odysseus as Told by His Loyal Dog

    For twenty years, the great hero Odysseus struggles to return to his home Greek island, Ithaka. During his long journey back home, he defeats monsters, outsmarts the Cyclops, battles the gods, and does whatever it takes to reunite with his family.

    All the capturing adventures of Odysseus, are being narrated in the wonderful book by his loyal dog Argos, who learns about his master’s thrilling travel from animals and birds. It is an inventive retelling of Homer’s Odyssey recounted from Argos’ unique point of view.

    A highly recommended read for younger kids aged 8-12 years old, who love pets and Greek Mythology!

    Reading age: 8-12

    Grade level: 3-7

    Amazon rating: 4.7 / 5 stars

    22. Tales from the Odyssey, Part 1 (Tales from the Odyssey, 1)

    From all the myths associated with the Trojan War, the journey of brave Odysseus is definitely the most captivating. In the first part of this (2-parts) book, your kids will explore how Odysseus fought with cannibals, witches, and serpents to get back home! This book is ideal for children aged 6-10 years old and will teach them how courage is a commendable virtue.

    Reading age: 6-10

    Grade level: 3-7

    Amazon rating: 4.8 / 5 stars

    23. The Iliad/The Odyssey Boxed Set

    Homer is well-known for his 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 countless heroes like Achilles, Hector, and Odysseus. The collection’s unique illustrations are influenced by Greek pottery. This book collection is a brilliant choice for kids aged 7-11.

    Reading age: 7-11

    Grade level: 3-7

    Amazon rating: 4.8 / 5 stars

    24. Tales from the Odyssey, Part Two (The Gray-Eyed Goddess; Return to Ithaca, The Final Battle) by Mary Pope Osborne

    We already reviewed the first book of the Tales from the Odyssey collection. In the second part of this collection, your kids will explore the rest of the mythical creatures that brilliant Odysseus fought on his way back to Ithaca. Mary Pope Osborne has specially written this book for children aged 7-11 years old.

    Reading age: 7-11

    Grade level: 3-7

    Amazon rating: 4.9 / 5 stars

    25. The Odyssey (Hardcover – Illustrated)

    This is a fantastic book created by Gillian Cross (Author) and Neil Packer (Illustrator). As with our previous recommendations, this is an exciting remake of Homer’s epic, The Odyssey. Let your kids explore Odysseus’s fascinating journey and find out if he finally makes it home to his wife, Penelope.

    Reading age: 8-12

    Grade level: 3-7

    Amazon rating: 4.8 / 5 stars

    26. The Usborne Illustrated Odyssey

    The Usborne Odyssey is a beautiful remake of Homer’s Odyssey, specially written and illustrated for kids aged between 9 and 12. The book is well-written, and its breathtaking illustrations make it an amazing choice. If your kids love adventures, this is a must-have book.

    Reading age: 9-12

    Grade level: 4-7

    Amazon rating: 4.8 / 5 stars

    27. The Children’s Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy

    As its name suggests, this book was specially written by Padraic Colum for children and teens. By rewriting the story, the author managed to create a kid-friendly journey to ancient Greek myths. In this combination of the Iliad and the Odyssey, your young and older kids will travel to the mythical times when Achilles and Odysseus won the war against the Trojans.

    Reading age: 10+

    Grade level: 5-9

    Amazon rating: 4.8 / 5 stars

    28. The Odyssey

    This version of the Odyssey is a fantastic gift for preteens and teens aged 12+ years old who want to read a vivid, beautifully illustrated novel. The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds is very well known. To be more precise, many people like Rick Riordan (the author of Percy Jackson & the Olympians) have praised this remake of the breathtaking Homer epic.

    Reading age: 12+

    Grade level: 7-9

    Amazon rating: 4.7 / 5 stars

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    • You might also be interested in our Greek Myth books, called “Early Myths”. We have three books to date: Odysseus, Perseus and 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.
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