myths & fables
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I highly recommend, at minimum, exposing your students to Greek & Roman mythology and Norse mythology, as these are the most referenced in our Western culture. Currently Usborne has some of the best anthologies for children. Ingri and EdgarD’Aulaire’s retellings are good as well, though the illustrations are an older style. Aesop is the most well-known fable writer. As with mythology, many excellent anthologies of his fables exist for children. You can also access a comprehensive collection of his fables posted online by the Library of Congress at www.read.gov/aesop .
Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock retold by Eric A. Kimmel
The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney (a wordless book)
Rikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
Jason and the Argonauts: The First Great Quest In Greek Mythology by Robert Byrd
Myths and Legends of the World series by Geraldine McCaughrean
National Geographic Kids Everything Mythology by Blake Hoena
Middle Grade/ young adult:
The Voyages of Odysseus by Blake Hoena (a graphic novel)
Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series
(He has several other series of novels also based on mythology.)
Women Warriors: Myths and Legends of Heroic Women by Marianna Mayer