D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Mythology: this is hands down the best book of Greek myths I have encountered. The stories are rich in detail and the illustrations are simple but lovely. Plus there's a good family tree at the front that keeps it all in perspective.
The Stickman Odyssey. This is a two part book set that uses stick figure graphics to tell the story of The Odyssey. While not completely accurate, it is engaging and the students loved it.
The Odyssey (children's version). For students who are not quite ready for the language of the original Odyssey, this is a decent retelling.
The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy also shares the stories well.
In the You wouldn't want to series there are two books:
If incorporating vocabulary, grab a Greek roots vocabulary book. I love Wordkin, but it is out of print now. Just for fun, I pulled out a few roots and had a word detective activity to connect Greek roots with modern English words. Of course who doesn't like to play detective? Great for those higher order thinking skills.
Have other Ancient Greece book ideas? Please share them in the comments below. We can all benefit from each other's knowledge.
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