Are you or someone you know a fan of Disney’s Hercules or the Percy Jackson series? Then check out these non-fiction books related to Greek Mythology! With these titles and more you can dive deeper into the myths, stories, and characters that creators like Disney and Rick Riordan continue to re-imagine and explore.

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Apollo: God of the Sun, Healing, Music, and Poetry

This book is part of a series of texts that highlight individual Greek and Roman gods. The authors provide intriguing real-world context for each figure, as well as maps and family trees so that kids can learn all about these ancient cultures and their stories. Illustrated throughout and indexed.

A-Maze-ing Minotaur

Learn more about the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur as you help our hero navigate the deadly labyrinth. Thrown into the labyrinth by King Midas as a sacrifice, Perseus must use a golden thread to navigate his way through the maze, which kids can enjoy tracing throughout the book’s many illustrations of twisting corridors and winding staircases.

Gifts from the Gods: Ancient Words & Wisdom from Greek & Roman Mythology

In this book, kids can learn about how many of our common English words or phrases trace themselves back to ancient Greek and Roman myth. For example, our notion of an “Achilles heel” is directly related to the story of Achilles and the Trojan War. Other examples include “echo,” “arachnid,” and “panic,” and with each explanation of the word and its origins Hinds provides his signature illustrations, bringing the heroes and myths to brilliant life. This is a fascinating look at how the impact and power of these myths continues to be felt today.

The McElderry Book of Greek Myths

Illustrated throughout with vivid, evocative art, these retellings take readers into the myths and legends of ancient Greece with accessible, kid-friendly prose. Featuring a wealth of myths, kids can read and learn more about the stories of Prometheus, Jason and the Golden Fleece, Perseus and Medusa, and many more!

A Pocket Dictionary of Greek and Roman Gods and Goddesses

Featuring a wealth of photography and examples of ancient art, this book provides an excellent go-to reference guide for anyone wishing to learn more about a variety of mythological figures, with a specific emphasis on the gods and goddesses of the ancient Greco-Roman world. The book is formatted like an encyclopedic dictionary, each entry accompanied by a description of the god or goddess and a photograph of a related piece of art.

Profiles in Greek and Roman Mythology: Zeus

Another series, these books take deep dives into the various mythological figures from ancient Greece and Rome. Kids can explore the origins of the gods, such as Zeus, as well as the cultural backgrounds which generated these stories. More text-heavy than the others featured here and populated throughout with photographs, this series is an excellent resource for a school project or anyone who wants to delve into a more fact-based approach to Greek myths.

Matt Holder is a seasonal Library Associate in the Youth Services department. When he's not working here he's at work on his PhD in English at Saint Louis University. He enjoys all things science fiction and horror, and he'd be happy to talk with anyone that will listen about comic books and film. His favorite authors include Ray Bradbury, Ursula K. Le Guin, Cormac McCarthy, and Victor LaValle.