Really only two of them are mythology, and one has some cool mythos on Buddhism, but it a serious book to help younger generations learn to allow more peace and calm into their lives.
Goddess Power – 10 Empowering Tales of Legendary Women
First up, I have Goddess Power by Ying In Chae. I’ve had a love for mythology since I was old enough to understand words. Imagine my surprise when a publisher who sends me cool books to review had not one but TWO books on mythology! This is the first of the two I got in the mail. I’ll be telling you all about the other one in a moment.
Goddess Power is a book stuffed with ten stories about Goddesses. It’s a great primer for any child interested in mythology, and it’s an excellent book filled with girl power (hence the book’s title). Myths are a way ancient people found to explain how things happened – from how the Earth was “born” to how people, plants, and animals came into existence.
Within the pages of this book, you will find stories about Gaia, Rhea, Hera, Artemis, The Fates, Demeter, Athena, The Muses, Aphrodite, and Circe. It’s, again, a great beginner’s guide into mythology, but it is not the full text on each of these goddesses’ histories.
Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt – Egyptian Mythology for Kids
Let me start by saying that mythological stories are sometimes told differently from story to story (take a moment to look of the “history” or Robin Hood, a perfect example of how myths have more than one origin story). This book has some stuff that is far different from what I’ve learned about Egyptian mythology over the past 30+ years. That doesn’t make what this book tells wrong – it’s just another version of a history of man.
A comprehensive book of the mythos of Ancient Egypt would require far more pages than Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt has, so the book ties stories of some of the more minor gods and goddesses (though I would call Maat minor) into the other stories, or throws them in between chapters (almost as an afterthought).
Much like the Goddess Power book, I think this is a great text for beginners and young children, but not so much if you’re knowledgeable already in the history of deities of Egypt.
Buddhism for Kids – 40 Activities, Meditations, and Stories for Everyday Calm, Happiness, and Awareness
Buddhism for Kids by Emily Griffith Burke is more than a book of mythology. I like the stories it includes, like Aesop’s Fables, each teaching some sort of moral.
So, a brief look into the book, in my words: There are adapted stories on Buddhism, like The Brave Buddha Bird, along with lessons for kids to do. The lessons include things like meditations and other “projects.” What’s great about it all is that the book is friendly to parents – You can do these side-projects with or without the kids and benefit from them.
You and your child will learn to be more aware of the world around you, find joy in peacefulness, and how to use creativity to do both!