Go Greek or Go Home! Kids and Myths

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AJ and I love the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan. Remember my essay, “Percy Jackson is My Therapist about how the books gave me an escape from a difficult time? Yup, I’m a fan!

Percy Jackson

Percy Jackson, a 12 year old boy with ADHD and dyslexia and a pattern of getting kicked out of school, 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, making him a demi-god. Percy spends the series of light-hearted, funny books escaping from monsters, training at Camp Half-Blood and trying to save the world.


Percy Jackson The Ultimate Handbook

I recommend buying the Percy Jackson Ultimate Guide so you can quickly look up characters while you’re reading. It’s a compact, glossy book.

Complete Greek Mythology

To help AJ understand the books and the many characters from mythology, we began to explore all the non-fiction Greek mythology books. Unfortunately, almost all the Greek Mythology books mixed up the Greek and Roman myths, irritating AJ to no end.

Last week, we finally found the only book I can recommend. It’s the best, most well-researched book on Greek Mythology that doesn’t mix up the Roman names with the Greek names. It’s  Greek Myths retold by Ann Turnbull, illustrated by Sarah Young from Candlewick Press, 2010.

Greek Myths took AJ a half day to devour it’s 167 pages; she gave it the thumbs up. “NO mixing up of the myths, mom!” she exclaimed. Turnbull created the ultimate guide of Greek locations, monsters, heroes, gods, and mortals. This is a must buy!

For the Greek, Roman, Norse . . . Myth Obsessed

Stay at Camp Half-Blood with Riordan’s new series, The Heroes of Olympus. I’ll give you a hint about this series . . . Latin and Roman.

Check out this fun math and myth combo card game, Mythmatical Battles. You pick your myth, Greek, Norse, Egyptian or Celtic, and battle it out with multiplication facts. (Attacking product is the first one listed, defensive product is the second.) You’ll learn and practice facts about the mythology and practice the multiplication facts located at the bottom. Oh, and if you don’t know – you can consult “the oracle” aka. multiplication table. Talk about making math fun!