Camp Myth Children's (Ages birth–6)

Lots of readers go through a big mythology phase; they can't get enough of stories about gods, goddesses, and other mythological creatures. There's more than just Greek and Roman mythology, too. The fantastic (in every sense of the word) books on this list draw from Italy, India, Japan, China, South Korea, and Russia. It also includes some fan favorites like the Yeti, unicorns, and more! Take a look and find your next mythology inspired read!

Compiled by:
Amy Bruce and Lily Jenness
Early Juvenile Picturebooks
The Baby Beast

Chris Judge
Ej Jud

When an egg arrives on his doorstep, Beast doesn't quite know what to do. Feed it? Take it for a nice long walk? Drop it? Doctor Yoko tells him he must keep it warm and just wait, but exactly what he's waiting for is a mystery to the Beast. Side-splitting humor from award-winning Chris Judge in which adults will recognize (some of) Beast's first-time child-care mistakes, while children laugh out loud.

Once Upon a Unicorn’s Horn

Beatrice Blue
Ej Blu

A little girl befriends a sad, tiny horse, and, with a little magic (and an ice cream cone), helps him fly.

Under the Great Plum Tree

Sufiya Ahmed, Reza Dalvand
Ej Ahm

An unlikely friendship between Miss Bandari and Mr. Magarmach forms when the pair meet under the great plum tree, deep in the heart of India. Mr. Magarmach is old and his hunting days are over, but Miss Bandari loves hearing his stories as they munch plums together. One day, their friendship is tested, but with courage, trust, and forgiveness, they discover that living happily together tastes just as sweet as Miss Bandari's golden plums. The story of the monkey and the crocodile is a fable from the Panchatantra, an ancient Indian collection of animal fables dated to 300 BCE. However, it's ultimately a tale from around the world, and versions can be found in Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, China, Japan, and the Caribbean.

Unnatural Selections

Wallace Edwards
Ej Edw

A traveling artist presents his renditions of such mixed-up creatures as a hawkodile, tyrabbosaurus rex, and catfish.

The Very True Legend of the Mongolian Death Worms

Sandra Fay
Ej Fay

In this funny story, we meet the Mongolian Death Worm family: Beverly, Trevor, Neville, and Kevin. In spite of their deadly reputation, they're determined to make nice and win over the other animals. Their overtures of friendship are...not reciprocated. But when disaster strikes, it's the Mongolian Death Worm family to the rescue!

Children's Nonfiction
Deep in the Woods

Christopher Corr
J 398.2 Teremok Cor

A retelling of the traditional Russian folk tale in which a little mouse makes a perfect home in the woods. One by one, other animals are welcomed to share the home until the little house is full. All the animals live happily together, until the day a bear wants to squeeze in, too.

The Deer and the Woodcutter

Kim So-un
J 398.2 Deer Kim

This popular South Korean folktale tells children the story of why the rooster looks skyward and crows loudly at dawn. Long ago, deep in the Kumgang Mountains of South Korea, a handsome woodcutter saves a deer from a certain death. In return, the deer helps the young woodcutter marry a beautiful fairy. After a series of delightful adventures, the woodcutter is transformed into a rooster, and every day calls to his loved ones in Heaven. Whenever a crowing rooster is heard in South Korea, this story is told.

The Dragon's Hoard

Lari Don, Cate James
J 398.208 Don

Discover 11 amazing stories and folktales from the Vikings, packed with warriors and battles, heroes and heroines, Berserkers, monsters, zombies, and magic. It includes stories adapted by the author of a greedy dragon guarding a huge hoard of gold, a girl who becomes a swan to protect her warrior love in battle, and a polar bear brought to the king of Denmark as a gift.

Papa Gatto: An Italian Fairy Tale

Ruth Sanderson
J 398.2 Papa Gatto San

Papa Gatto—trusted adviser to the prince—learns that judgment can be clouded by appearances when he hires the lovely Sophia to care for his eight tiny kittens. When Papa Gatto realizes his mistake, his home is in shambles, his kittens are neglected, and a priceless heirloom is in Sophia's hands. Fortunately, the next helper he hires is Beatrice, whose affection for his kittens assures him that this time, he has found someone he can trust. The crafty Sophia, however, has other ideas...With its surprising twist to the happily-ever-after ending and its exquisitely detailed illustrations, this charming Italian fairy tale is sure to become a favorite of cat lovers, caretakers, and hopeless romantics everywhere.

The Raven and the Loon

Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley
J 398.2 Raven and the loon Qit

In the time before animals were as they are today, Raven and Loon were both white; their feathers had no color at all. Raven spent his days swooping through the sky trying to fight off his incessant boredom, while loon spent her days in her iglu working away on her sewing. One day, too bored to even fly, Raven visited Loon and suggested a sewing game that would give their feathers some much-needed color. The results—not at all what the two birds expected—led to Raven and Loon acquiring their now familiar coats.