Kids’ Books set in Greece

Kids’ Books Set in Greece

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Make the MOST of any trip:

To make the most out of any trip with kids you need to prepare them by letting them become familiar with what they will see and experience. Reading kids’ books set in Greece is the very best way to do just that! Get little minds thinking of all the wonderful things to see on the family’s adventure! Have them use critical thinking skills and discuss questions like: What will be the same as the way we do things at home? What will be different?

Don’t let this happen to you:

Some people go on a trip, come home, look at the photos and think….where was that taken? Which church was that?? Or even worse, spend time on a guided tour thinking, “Another Madonna and child painting?? Another church? Another beach? Another pile of archeological rubble?” and have no idea what they are seeing or why. Is it really a surprise kids are bored with that they don’t understand? Aren’t you bored when you look at just another ________?

Improve your trip AND your child’s intelligence:

We want children to remember, internalize, and make these experiences part of their core being! When a child learns something they add to their schema, or background knowledge, which will help them in their education until the end of time. Layering the learning by introducing information and then showing it to them on a vacation is the best way to internalize information. Think of education as building a stone castle…each book read and each destination explored and each language experienced builds the castle. Use travel to make the kids smarter and improve skills for everyone in the family!

“Reading is at the heart of all formal education.”

A GREAT way to get the wheels turning and introduce information about your adventure destination AND improve your childs’ intelligence and academic educational success is reading. Stories with familiar characters or beloved animals will pave the way for learning – really learning about the new culture they are going to experience.

I’ve spent hours and hours reading books, reading summaries, reading about authors, reading reviews, so YOU DON’T HAVE TO! This list is comprehensive and all you need for getting starting daydreaming and learning about your trip. Read with the kids! Read kids’ books set in Greece or listen with an audio book. Check out the lists for other destinations, too:  Paris   London   Italy   Canada    New York and Hawaii  Watch for new ones coming in 2017!

Need more proof that reading is valuable? A study published in the Economic Journal, shows that ‘boys with easy access to books tend to have higher incomes when they become adults than their counterparts who grow up with few or no books by their side‘ and “Men who grew up in households filled with books earn 21 percent more..”. So, read before your trip! It will be fun AND will make your kiddo smarter and wealthier in the long run. While money might not make you happy…..there isn’t any reason to think that a lack of money will make you happy either, right?
Arnold Schwartzenegger photo from AZ Quotes, Kids' Books set in Greece, www.theeducationaltourist.com

Take time to snuggle and be together:

Read to the kids at bedtime and have sweet dreams about your upcoming trip! Or download to an IPAD or Kindle and read on the loooooooooooong flight over. These are perfect for any storytime before, during, and after a trip, too. Reading to kids is a warm and wonderful time for snuggling and feeling close together.

Your kids are NEVER too old for you to read aloud to them. Listening to your control of the language and hearing interesting word choices is one a wonderful learning experience for your kids. According to the 1985 Commission on Reading,

“THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT ACTIVITY for building knowledge for their eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children”

The International Reading Association and the National Association for the Education of Young Children agrees and made a joint statement in 1998,

“The single most important activity for building these understandings and skills essential for reading success appears to be reading aloud to children.”

Discuss the book:

You don’t have to be a teacher and have formal or educational sounding questions to have valuable discussions about books. If you wonder about something when you read….mention that to the kids. If you encounter a cliff hanger on the page, pause and ask the kids what they think will happen next. Is something gross or funny or weird or horrible? Gasp and say so!

Discussion on books is a really valuable part of the reading equation. You are giving your child a peek into the critical thinking process when you discuss what you read and how it make you feel or what it makes you think about. Does it remind you of something? Tell them about it.

Don’t be afraid to try out new voices! Let out your inner actor! The kids aren’t tough critics and will love it. 🙂

According to the International Reading Association and National Association for the Education of Young Children joint statement in 1998,

“It is the talk that surrounds the storybook reading that gives it power, helping children to bridge what is in the story and their own lives.”

So read to your kids and give them the power!

Kids’ Books Set in Greece

Kids’ Books Set in Greece – Overview

This is Greece by Miroslav Sasek, Kids' Books set in Greece, www.theeducationaltourist.com

This is Greece by Miroslav Sasek Part of a series on countries around the world this book on Greece  has been updated with 21 century facts. Excellent book for kids of all ages with information and lovely illustrations. Lexile Measure: N/A Length: 64 pages.

Let's Visit Athens! Adventures of Bella and Harry by Lisa Manzione, Kids' Books set in Greece, www.theeducationaltourist.com

Let’s Visit Athens! Adventures of Bella & Harry by Lisa Manzione The main characters of this book are a brother and sister chihuahua duo and they visit the world. In this book, they take on Athens and visit the sights and try the food. Cute way to show the youngest travelers what they will see on a Greek adventure to Athens. Written for kids aged 5-10 years. Lexile Measure: 700L. Length: 35 pages.

A Visit to Greece by Peter Roop, Kids' Books set in Greece, www.theeducationaltourist.com

A Visit to Greece by Peter Roop This picture book gives a flavor of things to see and do while in Greece. Written for kids aged 6-8 years. Lexile measure: 610L. Length: 32 pages.

If You Were Me and Lived in …..Greece: A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World by Carole P. Roman This 30 page book introduces information about Greece which will get kids thinking about the similarities between America and Greece. Use this book as a conversation starter!  Written for kids aged 7-9. Length: 30 pages. Lexile Measure: N/A.

The Greek Fact and Picture Book: Fun Facts for Kids about Greece by Gina McIntyre Interesting book written for elementary school aged kids about Greece. This book is billed ‘fun and interactive’ with lots of beautiful photos and facts. Great place to start a conversation about what you’ll see on your Greek adventure. Written for elementary school aged kids. Length: 44 pages. Lexile Measure: N/A. Also available for the Kindle.

Amazing Pictures and Facts about Greece: The Most Amazing Fact Book About Greece by Mina Kelly Concisely written book gives young children a flavor of what they’ll see on a visit to Greece. Written for the primary grades. Length: 24 pages. Lexile Measure: N/A. Also available for the Kindle.

Greece (A True Book) by Christine Petersen Wonderful photos and clear text to explain things a child will see on a Greek vacation. Great conversation starter for olders kids, too. Written for kids aged 7-9 in grades 2-4. Length: 47 pages. Lexile Measure: 920. Also available for your kindle.

Kids’ Books Set in Greece – Sights in Athens

Where is the parthenon? by Roberta Edwards, Kids' Books set in Greece, www.theeducationaltourist.com

Where is the Parthenon? by Roberta Edwards This series about famous buildings around the world are informative and interesting. The Parthenon is a fascinating building and since it is a great part of a visit to Athens, it is wonderful for kids to become familiar with it before seeing it in person!

Monastic City of Rocks Holy Meteroa by Lavrentios Degiorgio, Kids' Books Set in Greece, www.theeducationaltourist.com

Monastic city of Rocks Holy Meteora by Laverentios Degiorgio Photos of this interesting and historic spot where you’ll see monasteries. Kids get a lot out of seeing photos of places before they visit. This book is worth buying for the photos alone. Written for tourists – best for photos only. Lexile Measure: N/A. Length: 25 pages.

Kids’ Books Set in Greece – Food

Not all sightseeing is done with your eyes, right? Get the kids thinking about what they’ll taste in Greece with yummies from these cookbooks!

The complete Book of Greek Cooking: The Recipe Club of St. Paul’s Orthodox Cathedral I’m pretty sure everyone’s Greek grandmother’s recipe is here. Includes traditional recipes with American ingredient substitutes where needed. Recipe titles in English and Greek. Written for adults. Length: 352 pages.

It’s All Greek to Me: Transform Your Health the Mediterranean Way with My Family’s Century Old Recipes by Debbie Matenopoulos  Full of not just recipes, but tips on how to make them with ease. I love the entertaining notes. This book is like sitting down with a Greek friend.

Kids’ Books Set in Greece – Greek Gods and Mythology

Z is for Zeus: A Greek Mythology Alphabet by Helen L. Wilbur I love an alphabet book! It is a great way to get started learning about any topic. Just a few tidbits of info to make you hungry for more! It is simple and fun. Written for kids in 4th -6th grades but kids of any age can enjoy. Length: 40 pages. Lexile Measure: N/A.

The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus by Aliki Written for young kids this is a great introduction to Greek mythology which can otherwise be pretty complicated. Kids love it though and you’ll be surprised at how much they can grasp! Written for kids age 4-8 years in grades 2-4. Length: 48 pages. Lexile Measure: N/A.

Ancient Greece: An Interactive History Adventure by William Caper Kids from the upper elementary school grades 3-5 LOVE this sort of book which allows you to make choices. You’ll be able to choose your job such as philosopher and then see what happens based on that choice. Cool way to present information to a kiddo headed to Greece. Get the kids thinking before your trip. Written for kids aged 8-12 years. Length: 112 pages. Lexile Measure: 660L.

Treasury of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes and Monsters by Donna Jo Napoli Great resource with information on all the Greek Gods. This is a great starting point for a child who is new to mythology or a parent who is keeping up with a kid who is an expert on it!! Written for kids ages 8 -12. Length: 192 pages. Lexile Measure: 860L.

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingrid d’Aulaire This has always been the ‘go to’ book for kids on Greek Mythology. Your middle school aged child will love this book with all the info on all the Gods. Written for kids aged 9-12. Length: 192 pages. Lexile Measure: 1070L.

National Geographic Kids Everything Mythology: Being Your Quest for Facts, Photos, and Fun Fit for Gods and Goddesses by Blake Hoena  The information is the same as you’ll find in other books on Greek Mythology but the photo and presentation feel more modern. Includes a little humor with the text. Written for kids aged 8 -12. Length: 64 pages. Lexile Measure: 0980.

Percy Jackson Greek Gods by Rick Riordan Love this series which includes a modern take on ancient Greek gods. Tweens can not get enough of this. Do not be put off if you’ve seen the movies – which are dreadful, because the books are fantastic!! Go ahead and buy more than one because your kids will zip through them as fast as they can. Great fun on audio for long car trips. Written for the tween set (though my 10 year old LOVES, too). Length: 416 pages. Lexile Measure: 790L

Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan I love this series written by a dad for his son. The author’s son created a hero who had similar issues as his son  – ADHD and Dyslexia. Percy Jackson, the hero, is a cool tween and the humor along with the mystical is every kids’ dream. Do NOT skip this book series before Greece! Kids as young as 9/10 will enjoy listening to this book on audio as well. Mine did! Written for tweens, but loved by kids younger, too. As an adult, I found them very entertaining, too, when we listened to them on a long road trip. Length: 528 pages. Lexile Measure: 710L. Available for Kindle.

Oh, My Gods: A Look-It-Up Guide to the Gods of Mythology by Megan Bryant This is a fun encyclopedia for everything you ever wanted to know about Greek Gods. It is written in a fun format with lots of photos and cartoons and snip its here and there. Kids love it and it is a great resource for anyone reading the Percy Jackson series as well. Written for kids aged 8 – 12. Length: 128 pages. Lexile Measure: 960L.

Hephaestus and the Island of Terror by Joan Holub  While the tweens who love Greek mythology have the Percy Jackson series, the younger set will love this series about Greek Gods written just for them. Follow all the heroes on their quests! Written for kids aged 6-9. Length: 128 pages. Lexile Measure: 650.

Kids’ Books Set in Greece – Culture and Folktales

Karpen Island by Joanne Kostopangiotis Fictional story bout a child who befriends a donkey while visiting a Greek island go live with his grandparents. Introduction to Greek culture which is interesting to anyone visiting Greece. Written for kids young children. Length: 36 pages. Lexile Measure: N/A

The Girl Who Changed her Fate by Marshall The Greek folktale is about Eleni who can’t seem to get away from a negative fate. The queen sends her to face the fates so she can change her life. I love folktales from countries you visit. Written for young children ages 6 and up. Length: Not listed. Lexile Measure: N/A (I have just ordered this book and will report back on the length when it arrives!)

Aesop’s Fables by Aesop These ancient stories written in the 5th center BC are still great stories today! Refresh your own memories of these stories you heard when you were a kid by sharing them with your children! Written for anyone! Length: 384 pages. Lexile Measure: 1090L.

Mr. Semolina-Semolinus by Anthony L. Manna They say a good man is hard to find…apparently that is not a new problem. In this story, Princess Areti can not find a man she wanted to marry so she created the perfect man. Since she made him out of sugar, wheat and almonds, she names him Mr. Semolina. What a fun story! Written for young elementary school aged kids, but a great folktale for anyone traveling to Greece. Length: 40 pages. Lexile Measure: N/A

The Eggs: A Greek Folk Tale Retold and Illustrated by Aliki A sea captain left behind his meal of four eggs when he is called away. When he returns to pay his bill he realizes that the bill is much more expensive – 500 gold pieces! Enjoy this cute folktale with your kids. Written for kids aged 4-8 years but perfect for any age interested in folktales. Length: 32 pages. Lexile Measure: N/A

King Midas and the Golden Touch by Charlotte Craft  The clever tale – be careful what you wish for, is one for the ages. Be sure to share with your little traveler before you head to Greece! Written for kids aged 4-8 but perfect for any age traveler. Length: 32 pages. Lexile Measure: 860L.

Town Mouse Country Mouse by Jan Brett  This charming retelling of a fable from Aesop has Jan Brett’s artistic touch. Enjoy this loved story and share with your child. Written for kids aged 4-8. Length: 32 pages. Lexile Measure:  AD530L

Kids’ Books Set in Greece – Learn the Language

I know it seems intimidating at first to learn Greek. The alphabet is different and it is hard to know where to begin! That feeling you get when you first look at the Greek language is where we get the saying, “It is all Greek to me!”. Take a deep breath and think about learning just a few words! Anything at all will help you understand the culture you are going so far to explore and will help bring you and the kids closer to it!

Kids aren’t intimidated at all by new languages. Perhaps it is because English is new to them, too, really! Try these books for a few words to use on your travels!

The Toddler’s Handbook: Bilingual English/Greek by Dayna Martin Even though I don’t have toddlers in my house anymore, this was the first stop for learning some of the language. The pretty pictures and very clear and concise information made it a great choice for me and my kids who are 10 and 12. You’ll love it, too. Written for the youngest kids but useful to anyone who is just starting to learn Greek. Length: 48 pages. Lexile Measure: N/A.

My First Book of Greek Words by Katy Kudela This is another book I bought right away when I knew we were headed to Greece and we have loved it. The pictures are nice and the words are very clear and easy to learn.  Enjoy learning with the kids! Written for kids aged 4-8 but useful for any new language learner. Length: 32 pages. Lexile Measure: N/A.

 

My First Greek Book of Colors by Sam Chekas Kids love color! Adults love color and this is a fun way to start learning the language. This one is also in my library of things to work on while we plan a trip to Greece! The kids will love the brightness and you’ll love the ease of introducing Greek to the kids. Written for the young kids, but useful for any traveler to Greece! Length: 32 pages. Lexile Measure: N/A.

Kids’ Books Set in Greece – Poetry

Poetry doesn’t have to be somber or boring or weird. Poetry can be interesting, fun, and cool!

Echo Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths by Marilyn Singer This can only be called the coolest book series on poetry EVER! Read the poems about Greek mythology in a whole NEW way when you read the poem backwards. The whole family will enjoy this. Written for kids  in grades 2-5 but easily enjoyed by anyone. Length: 32 pages. Lexile Measure: 670L.

Reading is just the beginning of getting ready for a trip!

Enjoy learning about the journey and when you get there you’ll be amazed at how engaged and interested your children will be! They’ll recognize some thing and learn more in depth than you thought possible!  Think music! Think movies! Lists of both coming soon.

The benefits of reading don’t end when the trip begins!

Read at night in the hotel for a few minutes before you go to bed. Reading relaxes children and helps them sleep well in a new and unfamiliar place! BUT, don’t lug books with you when you travel. Instead, try this FREE 30 day kindle unlimited for ANY device. Snuggle with the kids while you can. They grow up SOOO fast!

If your travels are taking you all the way to Greece you’ll be interested in getting EVEN more tips!

How to survive a long plane trip with a child!

How to fly with an infant

How to choose the BEST hotel for your family

The Educational Tourist in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, Jet lag with KIDS, www.theeducaitonaltourist.com

Happy Greek Travels! OPA!

Natalie, The Educational Tourist

 

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28 Responses

  1. Momma To Go says:

    That is a great idea! we are trying to read more this summer, prompted by our summer reading club at the library. we are going to Cali soon, we should get some books on California!

  2. David says:

    This is a very helpful article! Thank you!

  3. Great tips! I could definitely see my kids liking some of the books mentioned. Great post!

  4. lovelaughcaribbean says:

    I love this!! We travel all over with our kids too and always make them research it before we go!

  5. What a big collection of Greek-themed books! Greek food is my favorite so I’ll have to share some of these with my kids. I’ve been to Europe but haven’t seen Greece yet.

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Greece has been on my list forever. It was such a treat to get to finally visit this year! My kids love the feta!

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