Guide to Life in Ancient Greece and Rome



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J. Paul Getty Museum
Education Department

Children’s Books about Art at the Getty Villa and the Ancient World





Books about Greek and Roman Art
Ages 5-12

Classical Kids: An Activity Guide to Life in Ancient Greece and Rome

Laurie Carlson (Chicago Review Press, 1998)


Ages 9-12

Off the Wall Museum Guides for Kids: Greek and Roman Art

Ruthie Knapp and Janice Lehmberg (Davis Publications, 2001)



Books about the Ancient World
Ages 6-10

What Do We Know about the Egyptians?

Joanna Defrates (Peter Bedrick Books, 2001)


What Do We Know about the Greeks?

Ann Pearson (Peter Bedrick Books, 1992)


What Do We Know about the Romans?

Mike Corbishley (Peter Bedrick Books, 1991)


Ages 8-12

See-Through Mummies

John Malam (Running Press Kids, 2003)


Art in History series

Ancient Greek Art

Susie Hodge (Heinemann-Raintree, 2005)


Ancient Roman Art

Susie Hodge (Heinemann-Raintree, 2005)


Cultural Atlas for Young People series

Ancient Egypt

Geraldine Harris (Chelsea House Publications, 2007)



Ancient Greece

Anton Powell (Chelsea House Publications, 2007)



Ancient Rome

Brown Reference Group (Chelsea House Publications, 2007)


Eyewitness Books series

Ancient Egypt

George Hart (DK Children, 2008)


Ancient Greece

Anne Pearson (DK Children, 2007)


Ancient Rome

Simon James (DK Children, 2008)


Inside Story series

A Roman Villa

Jacqueline Morley and John James (Hodder Wayland, 1996)


A Greek Temple

Fiona MacDonald and Mark Bergin (Hodder Wayland, 1992)




Books about Greek and Roman Mythology
Ages 3-6

King Midas: The Golden Touch

Demi (Margaret K. McElderry, 2002)

Ages 5-9

Atalanta’s Race: A Greek Myth

Shirley Climo and Alexander Koshkin (Sandpiper, 2000)



Cupid and Psyche

M. Charlotte Craft, illustrated by Kinuko Y. Craft (Harper Collins, 1996)


The Story of Persephone

Penelope Farmer and Graham McCallum (William Morrow and Co., 1973)


Ages 8-12

The Adventures of Odysseus

Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden, illustrated by Christina Balit (Barefoot Books, 2006)



The Children’s Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy

Padraic Colum, illustrated by Will Pogany (Aladdin, 2004)


D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths

Ingrid D’Aulaire and Edgar Prain D’Aulaire (Delacourte Books for Young Readers, 1992)


The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles

Padraic Colum and Will Pogany (Aladdin, 2004)



Ages 13 and up

Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes

Edith Hamilton (Grand Central Publishing, 1999)


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