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6 Mythology Books for Kids and Teens

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Diwali is a celebration of lights, homecoming, and the victory of good over evil. It is the perfect time to introduce our kids to stories from mythology. Stories from the epics are engaging and usually have a moral lesson too. Children love reading their comic superheroes. But why not introduce them to some of the greatest epic heroes? Here are 6 great retellings of mythology that kids can read and enjoy:

1. Tales And Legends from India by Ruskin Bond

Ruskin Bond is one of the most loved authors of India who has written a number of books for adults and children. This book is an assortment of stories from different parts of the country and from followers of different faiths. In his unique style, Ruskin Bond narrates some interesting stories which he claims he has heard from his nannies who took care of him as a child. We have stories from Mahabharta, Jataka tales and regional folklore. Tales and Legends from India showcases the unique and wonderful culture of India through its painstakingly culled and thoughtfully crafted stories. This is one book that will both entertain and educate children.

2. Pashu: Animal Tales From Hindu Mythology by Devdutt Pattanaik

Devdutt Pattanaik is unbeatable when it comes to Indian mythology. He has a unique way of presenting mythology, and when it comes to writing for children, he makes it all the more interesting by giving it a fun. Pashu is a basic introduction to animals in Hindu Mythology. It highlights the role of serpents, crows, monkeys, birds, cows and many more animals in the life of people. Read stories about vultures that fly into the sun, monkeys that build bridges and other tales from the sacred epics. Language is simple. The stories will interest kids and amuse them. If you want to introduce your children to mythology, this book can be a good start.


18. (a) It is not your parents, or your work, that defines you. Your nature does. (b) Stay true to your nature, and you will be happy.

— Roopa Pai, The Gita For Children

3. The Gita for Children by Roopa Pai

The sacred book of Bhagvad Gita contains profound lessons to live by. To make it accessible and easy to understand for kids, Roopa Pai came up with a simpler version of this revered scripture. The book is about the conversation that took place between the warrior prince Arjuna and Lord Krishna, during the war of the Mahabharata. It highlights takeaways for kids, along with trivia. There are bulleted summaries which were surprisingly refreshing to read. This is a great book which I would recommend for children above 10 years. And not just children, this book is a delight for readers of any age.

4. The Children’s Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy by Padraic Colum

If your child enjoys listening to stories about mythology, you must introduce them to tales of Greek gods and goddesses as well. The Iliad and The Odyssey are definitely heavy reading for children. But the author breaks it down to unleash some dramatic tales in a captivating manner. The story of the Trojan War and Odysseus' wanderings is presented here in language plain enough for children to understand. This is a good way to start with the classics. I recommend this even to adults who haven’t read these epics. Go on, read along with your kids and get hooked to the adventures of Odysseus.


5. The Serpent’s Revenge: Unusual Tales from the Mahabharata by Sudha Murty

Sudha Murthy understands the pulse of children perfectly. Through this book, she introduces fascinating tales from Mahabharta. The author strings together wondrous tales from the epic to regale children and adults alike. Your will enjoy stories like why was Yama cursed, how a mongoose taught King Yudhisthira an important lesson and much more. The book is beautifully illustrated and beautifully narrated. It is written in simple easy to understand language and it will be a great book to introduce your children to Mahabharata. So, grab this one without any second thoughts.

6. The Upside-Down King: Unusual Tales about Rama and Krishna by Sudha Murty

The Upside-Down King is one book where children can read unusual stories about Indian Mythology. It is divided into 2 sections, stories about Sooryavansha and Chandravansha which have been the two main lineages to which Lord Ram and Lord Krishna belonged.. The book also has beautiful illustrations. The book is so interesting that it is almost like a grandmother telling you bed-time stories about the kings, devas and asuras. Introduce kids to stories of Ravana and his half-brother Kuber, the god of wealth, a two-horned sage, a king who was stuck in limbo between heaven and hell and lots more. It’s a quick read and a nice addition for any kid’s library.

Jai Laxmi Mata (Arti)

© 2020 Shaloo Walia


Shaloo Walia (author) from India on November 20, 2020:

I am sure even you will enjoy reading them.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on November 20, 2020:

I am sure children will enjoy reading them.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on November 20, 2020:

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My pleasure :)

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on November 18, 2020:

These books sound very interesting. I always loved mythology as a child and still do now, many, many years later. I must look out for these.

VIDYA D SAGAR on November 17, 2020:

Nice collection of books with interesting stories for children, shaloo. I surely will recommend them to the kids I know. They can teach good values to the children apart from improving their imagination.

Lora Hollings on November 16, 2020:

I think any child would enjoy these books that are so rich with interesting characters and plots rich in imagination and another bonus is they can teach children valuable lessons. Thanks for sharing!

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on November 16, 2020:

I am fine...hope you are doing good too...Stay safe!

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on November 16, 2020:

Children's Homer is a very interesting book indeed.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on November 16, 2020:

Thank you. In fact, I found Children's Homer quite interesting and really enjoyed reading it.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 16, 2020:

Thank you for the list. I'll pass it on to family members with little children. I hope this finds you well, my friend.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 16, 2020:

Thanks for the introduction to these kids' books. I'm especially interested in Homer's works rewritten for the children. Great idea!

manatita44 from london on November 15, 2020:

You explained them so well! I feel like reading them myself. Great contribution for kids.

Jai Laxmi Maya is very popular here with Western spiritual groups and they always do this at the Ramakrishna Vedanta Centre.

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