Mythic Creatures Booklist: Middle & High School

Part of the Mythic Creatures exhibition.

  • Beasts!
    By Jacob Covey (editor)
    The art director for cartoon publisher Fantagraphics assembled more than a hundred envelope-pushing artists and cartoonists to illustrate this mythological menagerie. 
    Fantagraphics, 2007. ISBN: 156097768X
  • The Book of Imaginary Beings
    By Jorge Luis Borges, translated by Andrew Hurley, illustrated by Peter Sís
    Borges’ lauded, whimsical bestiary gets a new translation and spectacular art in this edition. More than a hundred unconventional animals walk, fly, and swim through its sweep of world mythology and literature. 
    Viking, 2005. ISBN: 0-670-89180-0
  • Cryptozoology A To Z : The Encyclopedia Of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature 
    By Loren Coleman & Jerome Clark
    An encyclopedia editor and a cryptozoologist teamed up to create the first encyclopedia of its kind. Its nearly 200 entries include drawings and photographs from eyewitness accounts of unusual animal sightings. Observational methods and discovery tales abound. 
    Fireside, 1999. ISBN: 0684856026
  • Greek Gods, Human Lives: What We Can Learn from Myths
    By Mary Lefkowitz
    Lefkowitz dives into Greek epics such as The Iliad and The Odyssey to explore how these ancient tales speak to aspects of humanity still relevant today. 
    Yale University Press, 2005. ISBN: 0300107692
  • The Unicorn Treasury: Stories, Poems, and Unicorn Lore  
    By Bruce Coville
    Madeleine L'Engle, Jane Yolen, C. S. Lewis, Myra Cohn Livingston, and the author himself, among many others, relate original poems and stories as well as folktales about the mystical unicorn. 
    Magic Carpet Books, 2004. ISBN: 015205216X

Additional Recommendations

  • Chronicles of Prydain series, Lloyd Alexander
  • Dragonriders of Pern series, Anne McCaffrey
  • Eldest, Christopher Paolini  
  • Eragon, Christopher Paolini
  • Mythology, Edith Hamilton
  • A Wizard of Earthsea series, Ursula K. LeGuin
  • For additional high school books, see the Mythic Creatures Booklist for Adults.


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