15 Best Greek Mythology Books for Kids

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Kids love Greek mythology– and what’s not to love? They’re action-packed, drama-filled, funny, and adventurous stories, albeit occasionally inappropriate stories of gods and monsters from the religion of ancient Greek civilization.

But how can you know what are the best Greek mythology books for kids? That’s where I can help! I’ve read and reviewed nonfiction books about Greek myths as well as fiction books. Are you ready to get my top recommendations?

The Greek mythology children’s books on this list often motivate kids to challenge themselves to read more difficult texts than they normally would. Watch how much vocabulary they’ll learn doing this! Plus, an interest in the Greek Patheon encourages growing readers to read both nonfiction and fiction books, which build skills and background knowledge.

Myths also give readers foundational literary context for future stories and books they’ll be reading. And I consider myths part of the canon of common stories, which incidentally, is becoming less common…

Many classical myths from around the world representing different cultures all have common tropes, which often repeat themselves in literature today. Both my kids are glad they had a foundation from childhood to help them with high school classes where they read about Ancient Greece, Helen of Troy, the Trojan War, the Odyssey, and the Iliad. Their background knowledge helped them to comprehend Homer’s epic poem (which is tricky) and to understand its cultural impact. But it also helped them see echoes of the most famous stories in other literature.

Here are my top children’s Greek Mythology book recommendations to get your kids hooked on Greek myths and build their background knowledge. (For adult readers, you might want to check out Stephen Fry’s Classical Greek Myth books.)

The Best Greek Mythology Fiction & Nonfiction Books for Kids

Greek Mythology Picture Books

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I Am Pan! by Mordicai Gerstein (ages 5 – 9 is a lively picture book, exuberant cartoon illustrations perfectly capture the pandemonium of the myth of Pan, the god of the wild. His hilarious adventures involve angry dragons (and an angry Zeus), the lovely Echo, Pan’s musical pipes, teaching King Midas another lesson, and lots of laughter.

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Echo & Echo by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Josee Massee, is the most amazing, want-to-read-again, reverso poems about Greek mythology. Reverso poems are poems that are flipped upside down, more or less, and still make sense! I especially love the “Pandora and the Box” and “King Midas and His Daughter” poems. All the poems are beautifully illustrated, too. This is a must-own poetry book for classrooms and homes.


Chapter and Middle Grade Greek Mythology Books

Get to Work, Hercules! (Myth-O-Mania)by Kate McMullan is a chapter book series for ages 7 – 10. Hades, god of the underworld, narrates the TRUE stories with panache. (Apparently, his younger brother Zeus is a big fat liar and edited all the myths to make himself look good.) In this story, Hades watches over his young, not-too-smart nephew, Hercules, whom Hera has it out for — since he’s the son of Zeus from another woman. Hilarious!

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Weird But True! Greek Mythology by Sarah Wassner Flynn, illustrated by Chip Wass (ages 8 – 12 is an engaging book from National Geographic Kids. This book is dense, colorful, and info-packed. It’s almost too busy for my tastes but I’m old — kids like this style. I like the writing a lot — it’s kid-appropriate while sticking to the basics of each myth. Because I know that much of the ancient Greek myths aren’t always g or pg (think violence and sex), therefore I really appreciate the lack of TMI in this book!


Percy Jackson and the Olympians
by Rick Riordan is one of the most popular middle grade book series of all time. It’s about Percy Jackson, a 12-year-old boy with ADHD and dyslexia and a pattern of getting kicked out of school, who 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. He spends the series of funny, action-packed adventure books escaping from monsters, training at Camp Half-Blood, and trying to save the world from the Titans. Boxed set here.

In Medusa (The Myth of Monsters, 1) by Katherine Marsh, Ava and her brother are forced to attend a special boarding school, Accademia del Forte, for descendants of the Greek monsters to reform them so they’re compliant and well-behaved. Ava, who guesses she’s a descendant of Medusa, starts to question who the monsters really are…and if the stories of the gods and goddesses are even true. To help her friend Fia get back her stolen voice, Ava and their fury friend Arnold travel to meet Medusa, then Hecate, Hestia, and Metis. They learn the truth about the gods and Medusa. Get ready for a twisty, exciting feminist mythological adventure that will make you think twice about accepting the stories. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR MEDUSA.

The Best Greek Mythology Books for Kids
Also, the Percy Jackson & the Olympians Ultimate Guide is a handy guide so you can quickly look up characters while you’re reading the narrative books. It’s a compact, glossy book that both my kids used frequently.

In Oh My Gods! by Stephanie Cooke and Insha Fitzpatrick, illustrated by Juliana Moon for ages 8 – 12, Karen moves in with her dad, Zed, on Mount Olympus. The kids at her new school are very different — she wonders if they’re into LARP, but they’re not, she 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. Will they be able to fix things for both Apollo and Medusa?

The Best Greek Mythology Books for Kids
My kids can’t stop reading and rereading this enormous volume of Greek myths, Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan, illustrated by John Rocco, narrated in Riordan style with laugh-out-loud writing. Remember all the hilarious chapter titles in Riordan’s Percy Jackson books? And the witty, sarcastic voice of Percy? Yup. All here. My youngest daughter’s favorite chapter title is Ares, the Manly Man’s Manly Man. My favorite chapter is: Hephaestus Makes Me a Golden Llama (Not Really, But He Totally Should). The writing is engaging, funny, and accurate. Love!

The Best Greek Mythology Books for Kids
Greek Myths retold by Ann Turnbull, illustrated by Sarah Young is hands-down the best, most well-researched book on Greek myths that I’ve read. One reason is that it doesn’t mix up the Roman names with the Greek names like so many other so-called Greek myths books do. It took my 4th grade daughter only half a day to devour this nonfiction tome and it’s 167 pages. Turnbull gives us the ultimate guide to Greek locations, monsters, heroes, gods, and mortals.

Gift From the Gods by Lise Lunge-Larsen, illustrated by Gareth Hinds isn’t really a picture book or a chapter book. It’s an illustrated volume of Greek and Roman Mythology with stories as well as the words that originate from them, such as words like fury, muse, panic, and echo. Although this isn’t my favorite of the books listed if your kids like mythology (and Percy Jackson,) give this book a try.


Both my kids love O’Conner’s graphic novels because they immerse kids in traditional myths. O’Connor brings them alive with his illustrations and adventurous plotting. Hera: The Goddess and her Glory by George O’Connor is the story of Hera, the queen of the gods and goddesses, and women and marriage. If you want to read Greek mythology, this is a fun way to do it. Be aware that these stick to the actual myths –and the Greek gods weren’t models of purity and morality.

Artemis: Wild Goddess of the Hunt by George O’Connor is about Apollo’s twin sister, Artemis, the fierce and often vengeful goddess. Her stories are filled with conflict, which O’Connor makes Artemis more understandable by capturing her motivations and emotions and making the stories memorable. Just ask my 14-year-old, who just aced her English exam, thanks in part to this graphic novel series and Rick Riordan’s books.

In Apollo: The Brilliant One by George O’Connor for ages 10 – 14, the muses narrate Apollo’s origin story, his tragic love story with Daphne and Hyacinth, the story of his son Askepios raised by Chiron, and other classic tales. Parents: these are not watered-down versions of the original stories. Boxed set of Zeus, Athena, Hera, Hades, Poseidon, and Aphrodite here.


Gods & Heroes by Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda is filled with cool pop-ups from different mythologies (pantheons), not just Greek mythology, will engage your kids. Open the page to reveal a large 3D illustration, but don’t miss smaller lift-the-flaps with more info and illustrations. Absolutely incredible.

Is there a book that covers all Greek mythology?

For children, I recommend Greek Myths retold by Ann Turnbull, but for adults, I recommend Stephen Fry’s Mythos.

How should I start reading Greek mythology?

I recommend starting with fictional books like the Percy Jackson and Mythomania book series because the stories are appropriate for kids, memorable, and adventurous.

Kids love Greek mythology-- and what's not to love? They're action-packed, drama-filled, funny, and adventurous stories, albeit occasionally inappropriate stories of gods and monsters from the religion of ancient Greek civilization.


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  1. Never seen some of these books and definitely going to buy them for my children. They are fans of mythology and history, just like their father 🙂