For thousands of years families have delighted in the tales of the Greek heroes. Fortunately, there are solid offerings on book sellers’ shelves from which to choose and read together as a family. As a bonus, books based on mythology can motivate boys and reluctant readers to pick up a book.

Here are a few award-winnings favorites, retellings, and old standbys to give the children and adults in your family hours of enjoyment while subtly educating. . . And don’t forget to pack one for your next visit to Mt. Olympus Water Park in the Wisconsin Dells!

  • A Child’s Introduction to Greek Mythology: The Stories of the Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, Monsters, and Other Mythical Creatures by Heather Alexander, illustrated by Meredith Hamilton
  • Greek Myths for Young Children by Heather Amery (editor), illustrated by Linda Edwards
  • D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths by Ingri d’Aulaire and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians (series) beginning with The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (Ages 10+)
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