Oh My Gods: Marvelous Mythology Books

August 17th, 2010 by

With the super success of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, references to Greek mythology seem to be everywhere nowadays. But the ancient Greeks weren’t the only ones with totally epic legends — the Egyptians had their own gods and curses, the English has knights and holy quests, the Welsh had a Death-Lord and a Spiral Castle, and the Norse had frost-giants (yeah, you heard me).

And we’ve got them all — in our booklist! So here are some uber epic books related to mythology from around the world (in no particular order):

  1. Middleworld by Jon and Pamela Voelkel (Karen’s pick) — Mayan mythology
  2. Amazing Greek Myths of Wonder and Blunders by Mike Townsend (Nancy’s pick) — Greek mythology
  3. The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander — Welsh mythology
  4. Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan — Egyptian mythology
  5. Cronus Chronicles by Anne Ursu — Greek mythology
  6. Pandora series by Carolyn Hennesy — Greek mythology
  7. Favorite Norse Myths by Mary Pope Osborne —Norse mythology
  8. Olympians graphic novel series by George O’Connor — Greek mythology
  9. D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths — Greek mythology
  10. Graphic Myths and Legends series by various authors — mythology from cultures around the world, including the Korean myth Pigling: A Cinderella Story and Sunjata : Warrior King of Mali
  11. Young Heroes series by Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris — Greek mythology
  12. Parzival: The Quest of the Grail Knight by Katherine Paterson — English mythology
  13. It’s All Greek to Me (Time Warp Trio) by Jon Scieszka — Greek mythology
  14. Goddess Girls series by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams — Greek mythology
  15. Theodosia Throckmorton series by R.L. LaFevers —Egyptian mythology

(And here’s a printable version of our mythology booklist, for you to take to the library or bookstore, or just to frame and hang on your wall.)

If you’ve read any of these, send in your book review. Or send in a review of your favorite book related to mythology. We’ll feature the best kid-submitted reviews in our next podcast!

UPDATE 8/31/10: We revealed the answer to our Mythology Mystery Book Theater in the “Hit or Myth” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer. Or just tune in if you want to hear Nancy sing the theme song to The Twlight Zone. Yeah, things get creepy…

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