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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.
    The Peloponnese
Tip: Easter is a 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 (tsoureki) 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 kayaking in Santorini, exploring the Parthenon or Palace of Knossos, biking through ancient villages, trekking in Crete, this family tour company will arrange an unforgettable trip:

    Quivertree Family Expeditions
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weird but true greek mythology  
Weird but True! Greek Mythology
Sarah Wassner Flynn

Stories about the Greek gods – Zeus, Athena, Apollo, Poseidon, Artemi, Ares, Aphrodite, Hermes, heroes Heracles (Hercules), Perseus, Jason, Odysseus, and legendary lands where myths take place Troy, Athens, Delphi. Packed with lots of “weird but true” info – Apollo disguised himself as a dolphin, Athena could turn into people into spiders and snakes, Atemis hunted with invisible arrows, Pandora was made out of clay. Good for older kids (Illustrated chapter book)


Greek Myths
Marcia Williams

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


Greek Myths kids
ancient greece dk  
Ancient Greece (Eyewitness Books)
Anne Pearson

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


Athena: Goddess of Wisdom and War
Imogen and Isabel Greenberg

Daring tales of Athena, smart and fearless goddess, who helps Perseus defeat Medusa, and Odysseus win the Trojan War, but she also turns the best weaver into a spider and crosses mighty Poseidon, who destroys Athens. Spirited and fun! (Graphic novel)


amber and clay  
Amber & Clay
Laura May Schlitz

Epic tale of a girl as electric as amber and a boy as indestructible as clay. Journey through the world of ancient Greece more than two thousand years ago, listen to voices of Socrates, the gods and goddesses, find a friendship across the boundaries of life and death. Good for older kids. (Chapter book).


Where is the Parthenon?
Roberta Edwards

Illustrated history of the Parthenon – Pericles plan to build the temple in the 5th century BC, Phidias gold covered statue of Athena and marble frieze sculptures, how the temple was constructed, Parthenon became a Christian church, Islamic mosque, and ruin over the centuries. (Chapter book)


where is the parthenon
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 good introduction to the gods, goddesses, heroes and myths of ancient Greece, plus activities and stickers. (Activity books)


Ancient Greece and the Olympics
(Magic Tree House Fact Tracker)
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)


ancient greece and the olympics
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)

Also: Orpheus and the Underworld


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)

Also by the same authors The Iliad.


The Odyssey
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)


This is Greece
M. Sasek

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 of Greece, this is a classic.
(Picture book)


This is Greece kids books
follow me around greece  

Take a trip around Greece with Alexandra and Yiorgos – food (tiropita, dolmades, baklava), mountains and islands, myths, history, traditions, Easter celebrations, school, sports, games, fast facts. (Picture book)


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