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Jun 15

Children's Summer Reading Suggestions: Myths

Posted on June 15, 2020 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

Teen Summer Reading Program Theme is imagine your story.
Summer reading returns to the York County Public Library in June! This year's theme is Imagine Your Story, in which we celebrate fairy tales, folk tales, fables, mythology, and more. With that in mind, our librarians have created lists of suggestions of some of our favorite books — both physical and digital — available for you to check out from York County Public Library. We will feature these lists here throughout the month of June.


Today we'll highlight favorites from our book suggestion lists that feature elements from mythology, the original stories. Inspired by the gods, goddesses, and heroes of both ancient and more recent times, these tales offer much to enjoy in the present day.

Our Top Suggestions

  • Echo Echo by Marilyn Singer(for ages 5-8)
    Summary: Read one way, each poem tells the story of a familiar myth; but when read in reverse, the poems reveal a new point of view! Readers will delight in uncovering the dual points of view in well-known legends, including the stories of Pandora's box, King Midas and his golden touch, Perseus and Medusa, Pygmalion, Icarus and Daedalus, Demeter and Persephone, and Echo and Narcissus.
  • The tale of Paul Bunyan by Lori Haskins Houran(for ages 5-6)
    Summary: An entertaining and very tall tale about everyone's favorite lumberjack and his giant ox, Babe.Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes book cover
  • Freya and the Magic Jewel by Joan Holub(for ages 8-12)
    Summary: Unlike her twin brother Frey, twelve-year-old girl goddess Freya is not excited about their invitation to Asgard Academy, especially after she loses her magical jewel, leaving her powerless and worried about making friends.
  • Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi(for ages 8-12)
    Summary: After fourteen-year-old Aru Shah and her friends fail to keep a prophecy from the Sleeper, they undergo a rebranding campaign to prove the Pandavas's trustworthiness, but Aru believes they need to focus on finding the Tree of Wishes before the Sleeper and stopping war between the devas and the demons.
Links to full lists

Don't see something you like above? Never fear! We have plenty more wonderful books for you to check out. Click on the links below for a pdf of more book lists. Click on the book cover to request the book in our catalog.

Summer Reading Program Details
Registration for the 2020 Summer Reading Program at York County Public Library started June 8. This year, our Summer Reading Program will be exclusively online, using the Beanstack platform. All ages can log minutes spent reading, complete activities and earn badges. To earn prizes, reading minutes and activities must be logged between June 22 and July 31. For more information about the 2020 Summer Reading Program, visit our Summer Reading page.