Books for Your Viking and Norse Myths Exploration

OdinOnce you get started exploring the Norse myths, (through Magnus Chase, and further resources ) you’ll find there is so much to learn, and so many fascinating stories to read. Here are some of our favorite book resources:

UnofficialThe Unofficial Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Companion by Peter Aperlo

This timely companion may be “unofficial,” bu we found it to be a perfect text to have on hand as we read the story of Magnus.  It’s written in accessible and interesting prose, just right to answer questions and pique the interest of readers.  There are Q and A sections, helpful graphics, and delightful explorations of new vocabulary.  The History of the Viking age is particularly useful in dispelling myths about the Vikings, and defining their place within Norse culture.


There are several good coloring books that celebrate the Norse Gods, but the following two are the best for their factual information, and fun in coloring (even for adults!):

The Story of the Vikings Coloring Book (Dover)

Myths and Legends of the Vikings: Coloring book


Children’s picture books are always a good introduction to the world of gods and goddesses, and the Norse Gods are no exception.  Check out our two recommendations below:

Children-of-OdinThe Children of Odin: The Book of Northern Myths by Padraic Collum, illustrated by Willy Pogani

Norse-Gods-and-GiantsNorse Gods and Giants by Ingri  and Edgar D’Aulaire

Both these texts have well-written narratives to accompany spell-binding illustrations.  We suggest having the books handy as you read the resources for older children just to stimulate mental images.  Fun to compare and contrast the artists’ renditions, too.


Graphic-GodsGods of Asgard:  A Graphic Novel Interpretation of the Norse Myths by Erik Evensen

The artwork is the selling point of this graphic novel.  Detailed and imaginative, these pictures capture details of the Gods’ stories and personalities.  While the writing doesn’t match the power of the images, this graphic novel is a wonderful resource for your explorations.



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