Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, the book that introduced us to Percy Jackson, Camp Half Blood and the modern day Greek gods, turns 10 this year. It’s hard to believe that this series has been around so long but it certainly seems to be as popular as ever. It’s been good to see Rick Riordan writing new series featuring different mythologies (Egyptian mythology in The Red Pyramid and Norse mythology in the soon to be released Magnus Chase series) which really hook kids in and get them interested in mythology. One of my sons absolutely loves Percy Jackson and is an expert in Greek mythology!
The Lightning Thief has sold millions of copies worldwide and got plenty of accolades over the years:
- Time magazine’s 2014 List of 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time
- a New York Times Notable Book of 2015
- School Library Journal Best Book of 2005
- more than six years on the New York Times bestseller list (and counting)
- Plus a major movie!
To celebrate 10 years of Percy Jackson Rick Riordan and his publishers have put together an event kit so you can host your own Percy Jackson party. I love it when publishers to this as they create some great resources that you can use in your library or your school for free. The event kit includes ideas for games and some activity sheets for kids. I’m hoping to hold a Percy Jackson party in my library and here is the link if you want to download the kit and host your own party – http://readriordan.com/book/the-lightning-thief/.
Do your children love Percy Jackson? How will you celebrate Percy Jackson’s 10th Anniversary?