Understanding mythology provides a foundation for classic literature in the years ahead.
D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths ~5 pages per week for 36 weeks
D’Aulaire’s Book of Norse Myths ~4 pages per week for 36 weeks
The Heroes (Kingsley) – 15 chapters
Tanglewood Tales (Hawthorne) – 6 chapters
American Tall Tales (Stoutenberg) – 8 chapters
Any of the above books, and:
The Age of Fable (Bulfinch) – 41 chapters (there are some old illustrated versions that are nice to have)
King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table (Green)
The Sampo (Baldwin)
The Story of Roland (Baldwin)
The Story of Siegfried (Baldwin) – 20 chapters; detailed Norse myths for fans of Thor and Loki
The Age of Chivalry (Bulfinch)
Idylls of the King. Epic poem about King Arthur by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. BBC Radio has an abridged version available on Audible; it is a dramatic, easy listen. I created an abridged version of the poem to follow along with the BBC script. The sections included are: The Coming of Arthur, Lancelot and Elaine, The Last Tournament, Guinevere, and The Passing of Arthur.
Percy Jackson & The Olympians (Riordan) – Greek Mythology
Kane Chronicles (Riordan) – Egyptian Mythology