Ancient Greece books for KS2 children
Children’s books about Ancient Greece and the Ancient Greeks. The Ancient Greeks, a civilization that flourished from the 8th to the 4th century BC, stand as a beacon of intellectual and cultural innovation. From the inception of democracy in Athens to groundbreaking advances in mathematics, philosophy, literature, and the arts, reading about the Ancient Greeks will provide children with information-rich history, geography, and culture.
From the philosophical musings of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle to the enduring tragedies of playwrights like Sophocles and Euripides, students are exposed to profound ideas and moral dilemmas that continue to shape our understanding of ethics, governance, and human nature. The mysteries of the Olympic Games, the architectural marvels of the Parthenon, and the intricate myths of gods and heroes all foster curiosity and cultural appreciation.
This list contains 60 titles, with a range of nonfiction, historical fiction, myths, adventures, picture books, graphic novels, and activity books suitable for school libraries, independent reading and topic teaching in KS2. This list features books by Sue and Steve Weatherill, Chae Strathie, James Davies, Dominic Sandbrook, Maz Evans, Saviour Pirotta, Caroline Lawrence and Marcia Williams.
Books about the Ancient Greeks for children in KS2 – our recommendations
The Histronauts: A Greek Adventure by Frances Durkin and Grace Cooke
The Histronauts delivers a winning combination of solid historical detail, comic strips to depict key events, quizzes, challenges and activities about the ancient Greeks. Presented as a time travel adventure, Luna, Newton and Nani take us back to the classical period, taking in culture, history and everyday life. Along the way, the reader is invited to help them make things and solve puzzles. It’s a format that brings the period alive in this highly recommended book for KS2 classrooms and children aged 7-11.
Meet the Ancient Greeks by James Davies
A jam-packed history of the Ancient Greeks with double page spreads each covering a different period, war, aspect of culture, legacy or famous person. James Davies’ book is thorough, yet accessible with vibrant illustrations – making it an ideal addition to primary humanities resource banks and KS2 library topic books.
Alexander The Great (Adventures in Time) by Dominic Sandbrook
This epic middle-grade historical true story follows Alexander the Great from his early dreams of adventure to the height of his power and empire, and his eventual fall. With pace and intrigue that will appeal to English teachers looking for a more ambitious class reader, this is a meticulous real-life novel that will also be at home in upper primary and lower secondary school libraries. Read our full review.
Adventure in Athens by Caroline Lawrence
In Adventure in Athens, everyday sights, sounds and smells, the casual brutality, the strange conventions and the convincing sense that people in history always regard themselves as advanced, are all skilfully presented and interwoven with a gripping suspense story. Highly recommended for UKS2. Read our full review.
Mythologica by Dr Stephen P Kershaw
A host of characters from Greek myths leap out of every page in this startlingly vibrant large-format hardback. An astonishing amount of detail adorns each double-page spread, which delves into the lives, stories, facts, and events surrounding each figure. This is the school library equivalent of a statement coffee table centrepiece. Perfect for your Ancient Greece themed interactive KS2 classroom display.
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Ancient Greece resources for KS2 teachers
- BBC Teach features a range of videos and activities covering myths, gods, politics, society, the Olympic Games and city-states in ancient times.
- The National Geographic Kids site has a useful range of online encyclopedia pages suitable for independent and home learning in KS2.
- The Historical Association offers a comprehensive pack, including a scheme for work and a primary topic pack with printables and activities – all free to download.
- The Royal Armories features a free teacher’s pack and online resource for KS2 children, which includes a video, a photo bank and a ‘time travel radio’.
- Whizz Pop Bang Magazine offers a free cross-curricular topic pack for KS2 which links history, design, technology and science. The pack includes differentiated lesson activities and a PowerPoint. Whizz Pop Bang is featured on our recommended magazines for children list.
- The Guardian Teacher Network includes a comprehensive blog article for teachers with ideas for teaching imaginative inquiry, philosophy, art and ancient myths.
- The Faculty of Classics at the University of Cambridge offers lots of engaging activities for parents and children to try at home.
- The British Museum has an extensive learning resource aimed at KS2 teachers and schools, including a virtual tour and interactive workshop.
- Oak Teacher Hub has a range of teacher resources, 10 lesson plans and quizzes, a curriculum plan and presentations covering Ancient Greece for KS2 – all free to download.
- Puffin Schools offers a free downloadable resource pack for teachers which helps to integrate the Percy Jackson books with UKS2 history topics. It includes a make-your-own Greek god activity.