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Greece

Chania lighthouse crete
Wherever you go in Greece, you're never far from sparkling blue waters (with super snorkeling) and hillsides dotted with olive trees, a gift from the gods. Greece was a bright star in antiquity, a great empire and civilization, but today as you travel with your kids around this fascinating country, you'll experience many different sides of Greek life, celebrated in food, costumes, music and festivals.
  Athens
    The Peloponnese
 
Olympia
 
Mycenae
    Delphi
    Crete
Tip: Easter is the most important holiday in Greece. If you're visiting during Greek Orthodox Easter, you're in for a treat. On Good Friday, you'll find colorful processions from churches, converging on the main square in little towns. In Athens on Easter Sunday, walking through neighborhoods, you may be invited to share roast lamb. Try the special Easter breads and sweets.
family tours greece

Greece is a wonderful destination for kids, but there's such a wealth of sites to see and things to do, it's hard to choose. Whether it's running the track at Olympia, home-cooked dinner with a Greek family, visiting Delphi with an archeological guide, or exploring the islands, here's our editor's choice for a family tour company that will arrange an unforgettable trip:

    Journeys International
kids books greece
     
childrens books greece Mythology  
Mythology
The Mythology Handbook
Lady Hestia Evans, Dugald. A Steer

Go on a fabulous grand tour of the sites of ancient Greece. Inside the explorer scrapbook are fold-out maps, a piece of the Golden Fleece, postcards, oblos coin, drawings, oak leaf of the oracle, pop-up Pandora’s box, card games, and more!

The companion handbook is a super introduction to the gods, goddesses, heroes and myths of ancient Greece, plus activities and stickers. (Activity books)

 

     
Greek Myths
Marcia Williams

Eight stories of the gods and heroes – Pandora's Box, Persues and the Gorgon's Head, the Twelve Tasks of Heracles, Theseus and the Minotaur, and more. Delightful illustrations, this is a gem. (Picture book)

 

 
Greek Myths kids
     
theseus and minotaur pommaux kids books greece  

Heroic adventures of Theseus and the Minotaur. Even before Theseus takes on the Minotaur, he encounters other dangers, then sails to Crete to pursue the beast, and with the help of Ariadne, slay the Minotaur in the Labyrinth. Super comic book illustrations make this classic Greek myth come alive. (Graphic novel)

 

     
The Odyssey
Gillian Cross, Neil Packer

Fabulous illustrated retelling of The Odyssey, "story of Odysseus of Ithaca, the cleverest of all the kings of ancient Greece." Ten years of fighting monsters and ghosts, shipwrecks on treacherous islands, surviving raging storms and the wrath of Poseidon, the sea god. Will Odysseus ever reach home? (Illustrated chapter book)

 

 
The Odyssey
     
adventure kids books greece Black Ships Before Troy  

Action-packed adventures the Trojan war saga, filled with larger than life heroes – arrogant Agamemnon, sulky Achilles, doomed Hector, sorrowful Priam, golden boy Paris, and Odysseus' long journey home, snared by the Lotus Eaters, imprisoned by the Cyclops, enchanted by Circe, detour to the Land of the Dead. Small-size books, perfect to bring on your trip. (Chapter book)

 

     

Take a step back in time and find out how kids lived in ancient Greece – hanging out at the agora, footraces for girls, wrestling for boys, popular pets (dogs), knucklebone games, bread for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and more. (Picture book)

 

 
If I Were a Kid in Ancient Greece
     
 
Ancient Greece (Eyewitness Books)
Anne Pearson

Excellent overview of ancient Greece – Minoan and Mycenean civilizations, story of the Iliad and the Odyssey, Greek city-states, Alexander the Great, gods, goddesses and heroes, temples and festivals, foods, clothes and jewelry, warfare and games. Richly illustrated. (Picture book)

 

     
Ancient Greece and the Olympics
(Magic Tree House Research Guide)
Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Osborne

Meet the ancient Greeks and find out about the first Olympic games. Daily life, religion and gods, school and sports, architecture and art. Packed with historical illustrations and photographs. (Easy reader)

 

 
     
Young Zeus myths kids greece  
Young Zeus
G. Brian Karas

Exciting myth of Zeus, in a funny and engaging retelling. Young Zeus tricks his dad Cronus, rescues his bickering brothers and sisters, travels to the underworld to free the Cyclopes, and becomes ruler of heaven and earth. Imaginative illustrations. (Picture book)

 

     

Exquisitely illustrated legend of King Midas – how Apollo gives Midas his donkey ears, the buried secret Midas gets his wish so that everything he touches will turn to gold, but then he's in a fix. Pages glow with gold-leaf paintings. (Picture book)

 

 
myths kids greece King Midas: The Golden Touch
   
Pandora Gets Jealous
 
Pandora Gets Jealous
Carolyn Hennesy

After letting evil into the world, Pandora is hauled up in front of the gods. Now she has to collect up all seven evils, starting with jealousy. The gods are going to help, along with her two best friends, but Hera has her own backbiting schemes. (Chapter book)

 

     
Quicksilver
Stephanie Spinner

Wisecracking Hermes (son of Zeus) has a lot going – rescuing Kore from Uncle Hades, helping his half brother Perseus, and courting Calypso under the sea. A wonderful, sparkling novel. (Chapter book)

 
     
ancient kids It's All Greek to Me  
It's All Greek to Me
Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith

Hilarious adventures of the Time Warp Trio, Fred, Joe and Sam, as they are whirled back to ancient Greece in their bed-sheet tunics. On Mount Olympus, the trio's tricks entertain the gods and goddesses, but all Hades breaks loose when the monsters get a hold of Zeus' thunderbolts. (Easy reader)

 

     

Lively guide to the Greek gods and goddesses – Zeus, god of heaven and earth, headstrong Hera, lovely Aphrodite, mischievous Eros, bad-tempered Ares, twins Apollo and Artemis, wise Athena, speedy Hermes, etc. Fun for younger kids. (Picture book)

For older kids: The Greek Gods

 

 
The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus childrens books greece
     
This is Greece kids books  
This is Greece
M. Sasek

Take a trip through Greece, old and new – views of the Acropolis, the mighty Parthenon in a "sea of marble," Temple of the Olympian Zeus, the largest temple in Greece, Corinth Canal, Lion Gate at Mycenae, sacred Delphi, cliffside monasteries in Thessaly, windmills and snow-white streets of Mykonos, and more. Whimsical illustrations capture the panoramic history and fun in Greece today, this is a classic! (Picture book)

 

(More children's books on other Greece pages)
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