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35 Must-Read Greek Mythology Books

My first bookish memories are of holing up in my closet (my favorite reading spot) and reading my illustrated ancient Greek mythologies for hours. My fascination with the soap opera–worthy cast of goddesses and gods, heart-breaking tragedies, and fantastical shifts from human to beast and back again has only grown stronger over the years. Greek mythology books (retellings, translations, and commentary) continue to be some of my favorite reads.

If you’re still fascinated with Greek mythology books, or looking for Percy Jackson or Circe read-alikes, you’ll find the best of them here for adults, teens, and kids alike.

GREEK MYTHOLOGY BOOKS FOR KIDS & MIDDLE GRADE

Many of us began reading Greek myths as children, captivated by Pegasus, the trials of Hercules, and the never-ending bickering of the gods. What follows are some of the best options for toddlers to middle schoolers.

1. ATHENA THE BRAIN BY JOAN HOLUB & SUZANNE WILLIAMS

In Athena the Brain, Athena always knew she was smart and special, but she didn’t realize that she was a goddess! When she’s whisked away to Mount Olympus Academy, she worries about fitting in and dealing with her dad (Zeus). Luckily, she meets the Goddess Girls and finds the best friends she’s ever had. Read More.
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2. D’AULAIRES’ BOOK OF GREEK MYTHS BY INGRI D’AULAIRE

Here are the immortals of Olympus—the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece—as freshly described as if they were alive today.

Mighty Zeus with his fistful of thunderbolts; mischievous little Hermes; grey-eyed Athena, godess of wisdom; Asclepius, the first physician; Orpheus and his beloved Euridice; Helios the sun, crossing the heavens in his fiery chariot. . . these and other equally fabulous figures are featured here with their heroic deeds and petty squabbles illuminated in full dimension. Read More.
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3. LEGENDARY LADIES: 50 GODDESSES TO EMPOWER AND INSPIRE YOU BY ANN SHEN

Goddesses from our past are celebrated in this lushly illustrated book by Ann Shen, the author and artist who created Bad Girls Throughout History. Ann is an illustrator, letterer, and author based in Los Angeles who has created artwork for a number of publications, campaigns, products, and galleries. Read More.
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