My memory of 6th grade and the time I discovered D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths is so distinct to me. I loved that book. I read it cover to cover several times, earmarking favorite myths of mine. I swore that someday I would study mythology, which probably seemed funny at the time but was no longer funny I declared Mythology to be my minor in college. (Which went beyond just greek mythology of course, but was still just as interesting and cool.)
I love watching as my 10 year old develops the same love. I gave him a copy of D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths ($15.62 on Amazon) a few years ago and it’s still just as awesome as ever. And of course today, with series like Percy Jackson and Rick Riordan’s Lightning Thief ($7.19 on Amazon) and subsequent books in the series, there are tons of boys and girls who are into mythology and learning about the Greek Gods these days.
Here’s a couple of other picks for you or your child if they are loving learning about Zeus and the Olympians the way my kids are:
Zeus on the Loose game, $9.99 on Amazon – ages 8-14
I haven’t played it personally but it’s all Nate (my 10 year old) has been talking about all week. A card game that he’s been playing at school that involves all of the Olympians and trying to “steal Zeus” or something. Sounds like a good strategy game.
Safari Ltd Poseidon action figure, $8.80 on Amazon
Love all the detailing in all of the Safari Ltd figures. They make several greek gods and heroes and this Poseidon’s great for the bookshelf! (How friggin’ cool is Cerberus?)
This Treasury of Greek Mythology from the National Geographic ($17.76 on Amazon) is a gorgeous book full of great stories and colorful pictures.
For the little guys, here’s a story book – A Child’s Introduction to Greek Mythology ($15.61, hardcover, on Amazon)
Tales from the Odyssey, grade level 3-6 and written by Mary Pope Osborne, the same author as the one who did the Magic Treehouse books, $5.34 on Amazon