Book Scouts: Mythical Reads

“Myth is at the beginning of literature, and also at its end.” – Jorge Luis Borges

This month’s Book Scouts features stories that are rooted in mythology, folklore, fables, and legends. The books listed here are targeted toward middle grade children, but can be enjoyed by readers and listeners of all ages. If you love the “Percy Jackson” or “Goddess Girls” series, you will love these recommended read-alikes.

Titles noted with an asterisk (*) are also available in ebook or eaudiobook format on READS.

In the video below, Jennifer briefly highlights a few of the books. Browse the lists below the video for even more recommendations and some “mythical” activities!

Holds may be placed for curbside pickup on any of these items by calling us at (423) 434-4450 or visiting

Under the Great Plum Tree by Sufiya Ahmed
Lion and Mouse by Jairo Buitrago
Deep in the Woods by Christopher Corr
The Giant Jumperee by Julia Donaldson
The Tree: A Fable by Neal Layton
A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin*
El Chupacabras by Adam Rubin
The Nian Monster by Andrea Wang

Putuguq Kublu and the Qalupalik by Roselynn Akulukjuk
The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America by Jaime Hernandez
Where’s Halmoni? By Julie Kim
Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee*
Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola
Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts by Craig Phillips
Arthur and the Golden Rope by Joe Todd-Stanton

The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson*
Loki’s Wolves (series) by Kelley Armstrong
The Storm Runner (series) by Jennifer Cervantes*
Aru Shah and the End of Time (series) by Roshani Chokshi*
The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta*
The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint
Momotaro (series) by Margaret Dilloway
Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life by P.J. Hoover
When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller
Siren Sisters by Dana Langer
TombQuest (series) by Michael Northrop
Titans (series) by Kate O’Hearn
Valkyrie (series) by Kate O’Hearn*
Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
The Entirely True Story of the Unbelievable FIB by Adam Shaughnessy
Thundercluck! (series) by Paul Tillery IV
Heroes in Training (series) by Tracey West*
The Dragon Warrior by Katie Zhao

First Light, First Life: A Worldwide Creation Story by Paul Fleischman
Kokopelli: Drum in Belly by Gail Haley
The Epic Adventures of Odysseus: An Interactive Mythological Adventure by B.A. Hoena
The Golden Flower: A Taino Myth from Puerto Rico by Nina Jaffe
Little Krishna by Harish Johari
Gods, Goddesses, and Monsters: An Encyclopedia of World Mythology by Sheila Keenan
Stories from the Billabong by James Vance Marshall
The World Before This One: A Novel Told in Legend by Rafe Martin
Mythical Birds & Beasts from Many Lands by Margaret Mayo
Musicians of the Sun by Gerald McDermott
Echo Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myth by Marilyn Singer
Myths, Legends & Sacred Stories: A Visual Encyclopedia by Philip Wilkinson

Create your own mythical creatures card game!

Create ancient greek vases!

Make your own papyrus!

Although your Library’s building is closed for the time being, we remain committed to connecting you with learning and entertainment opportunities through our curbside pickup service and digital resources! Visit, call (423) 434-4450, and follow Johnson City Public Library on Facebook and Instagram for more information.

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