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Children's books




Here we recommend some of the best fiction and non-fiction books for children to go with topics about Ancient Greece.

Greek Myths

Discover two classic epics of Ancient Greece retold in an innovative and lively way in Marcia Williams' popular version of The Iliad and the Odyssey. The comic book style illustrations and the delightful details make these stories accessible to young readers. Pupils will enjoy the tales of perilous voyages, terrifying beasts and epic battles. Highly recommended.

Check out our Greek Myths Teachers' Pack to go with this text.

The Ancient Greek Mysteries

The Ancient Greek Mysteries are fun and action-packed stories that are perfect for introducing readers in KS2 to the topic of Ancient Greece. Steeped in historical detail, the series follows the adventures of a scribe called Nico and his friend Thrax, who is a slave, as they work together to solve mysteries. This series adds a new and welcome dimension to the bank of stories used in schools for the Ancient Greesk topic, with a focus on everyday life rather than mythology

Who Let the Gods Out?

This fast-moving narrative based on Greek mythology is always a huge hit, especially with KS2. The story is based on the exploits of a boy called Elliot, who falls into an adventurous mission and calls on the help of the Olympian gods. Full of laugh-out-loud moments and sad parts too, we think this is an excellent story to read aloud.

Beasts of Olympus: Beast Keeper

This action-packed novel is the first in the popular Beasts of Olympus series. It serves as a fun introduction to the gods, goddesses and creatures of Greek mythology. Beasts of Olympus: Beast Keeper is a great page-turner to be read out loud or for independent reading.

So You Think You’ve Got it Bad? A Kid's Life in Ancient Greece

Through words and pictures, the book compares modern-day life to different aspects of daily life for the Ancient Greeks, including clothing, education, jobs, pets, food and pastimes, viewing each topic through the eyes of a child. An enjoyable information text that would appeal to children in KS2, this is the kind of book that helps young readers to move beyond hard facts and begin to reflect on what life might have felt like for those living in ancient times.

Greek Gods and Heroes

A compendium of 40 different male and female figures from Greek Mythology including Odysseus, Athena, Pandora, Achilles and Zeus. Each character is given a double-page spread and introduced through bite-size chunks of text, bright graphics and with facts and figures presented in an infographic style.

Hopeless Heroes: Here Comes Hercules!

The series tells the story of schoolboy Tim Baker whose life turns upside down when he accidentally breaks an ancient Greek vase, unknowingly releasing the mighty god Hercules into the twenty-first century. There is, however, just one problem: only Tim can see and hear Hercules. As chaos ensues, Tim has to juggle babysitting clumsy but proud Hercules, completing his homework, standing up to bullies and working out a way to send Hercules back home to his wife and daughter.

You Wouldn't Want to Be a Slave in Ancient Greece!

This charming book is part of the very popular 'You Wouldn't Want to Be' series. The entertaining and colourful text of You Wouldn't Want to Be a Slave in Ancient Greece gives an insight into what life would have been like as a slave in Ancient Greek times.

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