A large chunk of ancient literature is Mythology, or “other people’s religion,” according to Joseph Campbell. While most of these religions are no longer practiced, some still are, and they need to be handled with the same respect you would want others to give to your religion. Given the challenge of giving proper respect to the beliefs of others, some families may wish to wait until they feel like their children have a solid foundation in their own religion (approximately age 15). That said, it is still considered necessary to study mythology as it has played a significant role in the development of modern world culture and is necessary for a college-prep education. Given all of this, it is important for you, as the parent, to consider carefully how and when you choose to expose your children to Mythology.
Roman Mythology by Evelyn Wolfson
Tales from the Mabinogion by Gwyn Thomas
The Ballad of Mulan by Song Nan Zhang
In Search of a Homeland by Penelope Lively
Shapeshifters by Adrian Mitchell*
Celtic Mythology by Philip Freeman*
The White Stag by Kate Seredy
The Aeneid by Virgil
Metamorphoses by Ovid*
Mulan by Shiamin Kwa and Wilt L. Idema
The Mabinogion by Sioned Davies*
Ancient Irish Tales by Tom Peete Cross*
Note: There are no original sources available for Hungarian mythology as our knowledge of them is based solely on later recordings of oral tradition; therefore, there are no recommendations for this level.
*These books are still being reviewed. Parental guidance is advised at this time.