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Imagining History Recommends: Early Myths Children Books

Updated: Feb 18

If you're researching a history topic as part of your school work then it's tricky to know where to begin. There are so many books, TV shows, films, apps and games to choose from; how do you even choose where to begin? How do you know what will be useful to help you learn more about the Romans, Ancient Egyptians or Vikings?

Well, don't worry pal, that's where Imagining History comes in. Along with the one hundred plus articles, guides, videos and arts and craft ideas we have right here on our blog (to quote the philosopher and thinker Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, "You're welcome"), we are also taking the time to highlight other brilliant research opportunities in a new monthly series: Imagining History Recommends. First up, in our debut feature, we present the Early Myths Children Books by Simon Spence and illustrated by Colm Lawton.

Tell me more!

Early Myths is a collection of children’s books based on Greek myths. The books are centred around a character from a myth and the stories are aimed at children aged 4-10 years old. Each book is based on the earliest versions of the tale and the images are inspired by ancient vase-painting and sculpture. Which means you have some lovely artwork to stare at on every single page. The series has won a stonking 24 awards too - quite the achievement!

Which Greek myths are covered by the series?

In total there are ten books in the series, each covering a different myths. Here's a handy list of them all:

- Perseus

- Jason & the Golden Fleece

- Odysseus

- Atalanta

- Herakles

- Theseus

- Persephone

- Bellerophon

- Helen

- Plus a free ebook “Guide to Early Myths” on Apple Books. This one's for grown-ups on how Early Myths use the original ancient art and literature to inform the images and stories in their books.

Why we like them so much:

It's tricky to find retellings of the Greek myths which are suitable for primary school children, which is what makes Early Myths such a helpful resource for those studying in KS2. Each book is seriously researched but also seriously fun. Our favourite bits are the 'Notes About The Myth' at the end of each story. This is a guide for parents that explains a little more about the myths and how the pictures were sourced. This is brilliant for parents who want to help guide children in their learning.

Also, Stephen Fry loves the series too, and who are we to disagree with such a legend?

If you'd like to find out more:

Be sure to head over to www.earlymyths.com.

Please note: This is not paid for content nor part of any affiliated links. We are simply promoting a resource that we have found useful ourselves. We hope you enjoy the books as much as we have!

If you'd like to be part of a future 'Imagining History Recommends' or have something you'd like to recommend, then drop us an email at info@imagininghistory.co.uk.

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