Once 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:
The 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!):
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:
The Children of Odin: The Book of Northern Myths by Padraic Collum, illustrated by Willy Pogani
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.
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.