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Give Children the Gift of Mythology

Updated on December 13, 2014

Stories of the Ancients for Children of Today

Mythology is a gift from the past, and every child should receive it.

You don't have to give them epic poems by Homer compiled by 19th century fuddy duddies. Don't bother with any of the dusty and daunting collections from that century at all! There are wonderful books for small children, and teens, to enjoy. You'll enjoy them too.

It's not just the stirring stories you give a child, you open their eyes to the world of the past, to the ideals of former societies, to the diversity and the similarity of human existence.

You give them a solid background of learning.

National Geographic Treasury of Greek Mythology

An absolutely beautifully illustrated, rich but accessible reference work. (I bought this for my own bookshelf)

Twelve to fourteen years

Awards for Treasury of Greek Mythology

  • School Library Journal Best Books of 2011
  • Eureka! Silver Honor Books-California Reading Association
  • Capitol Choices 2012 list of Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens
  • 2012 Notable Children's Books-ALSC

Homer for Children

Padraic Colum is a natural storyteller, and there must be a special place for him in heaven.

I was given this wonderful introduction to the world of Homer when I was ten and it inspired me to read more (and more) of the heroes of the Trojan war.

I clearly remember how thrilled I was at the stories within stories. This 1965 edition I bought for my own children and they were engrossed by the incredible adventures of Ulysses too.

The Children's Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and The Tale of Troy is a story that has inspired people of all civilisations for nearly 3,000 years. - and it's easy to see why.

A Wonder Book

Heroes and Monsters of Greek Mythology

by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Dover Childrens' Evergreen Classics

Tales of adventure written in beautifully elegant prose, reinforcing the setting of the ancient world. Stories suitable for children, an introduction to the stirring tales of the Ancients.

Nine and ten year olds

  • "The Golden Touch
  • The Paradise of Children
  • The Three Golden Apples
  • The Miraculous Pitchers
  • The Gorgon's Head
  • The Chimaera.

Mythology for Teens

Mythology for Teens: Classic Myths for Today's World

The stories from the past have lived on because, for every generation, there's a modern message.

The mythology of ancient peoples, especially the Greeks, remains in tales still told today.Our whole western philosophical tradition is based on the way that the Ancient Greeks thought. Our practical life, from dawn till dusk, is still managed from an Ancient Greek view.

Mythology for Teens: Classic Myths for Today's World brings these ancient stories into modern culture, history, art, and literature. It examines topics such as the repercussions of war, vanity and greed, the workings of fate, the nature of love, the roles of women in society, revenge and forgiveness, the meaning of life, and national identity.

It's aimed at the modern classroom but is perfectly well suited to the solitary reader. I thoroughly enjoyed it myself.

Highly recommended for teens. In fact, everyone should read it.

© 2011 Susanna Duffy

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      I had an amazing teacher who wove the most wonderful tales of the ancient past. She got me hooked. From her class onward I loved delving into history and tales of the ancient gods.

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      6 years ago from East Central Florida

      Kids are really fascinated by mythology... I remember a couple of grandkids who were thrilled to get the mythology books we gave them when they were about 8 or so.

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      7 years ago

      A good book of classic Greek or Egyptian mythology is always great.


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