Did You Know its the the 10th Anniversary of the Percy Jackson series? #ReadRiordan

Disclosure: I will receive books, merchandise and prizes from Disney-Hyperion in exchange for sharing this information and my honest opinion.

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I don’t remember when but I remember reading the first book, The Lightning Thief, and loving it. I remember being so excited for the second book and yes I was an adult when I read it. I had worked at a book store and I always read the popular books so I knew what customers were talking about and that was one of them. I was hooked with each book that came out and then so excited to see the movies.

CELEBRATE PERCY’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY with The Lightning Thief, the book that started the internationally best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

THE LIGHTNING THIEF has sold millions of copies worldwide, appears on school reading lists nationwide, and inspired a major motion picture. Accolades include:

  • Included in Time Magazine’s 2014 List of 100 best Young-Adult Books of All Times
  • A New York Times Notable Book of 20015
  • A Child Magazine Best Book of the Year
  • A School Library Journal Best Book of 2005
  • More than 6 year on the New York Times Best Sellers List (and counting!)

Now that I have my own kids and my oldest is 8 years old, I can’t wait to start reading (or should I say re-reading) the series with him and his brother. He hasn’t seen any of the movies yet and right now is Percy Jackson clueless. So I started telling him about the series and I could see him getting excited. I love when books get people, especially kids, excited before they even read the book, it just goes to show what a great story it is going to be.

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ABOUT THE SERIES

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse–Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends–one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena–Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

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Since I haven’t read the books for quite some time now, I figured it was a good idea to brush up before I start reading with my kids. I have always been fascinated with mythology and greek gods but it can definitely get confusing with all the names of everyone and what they are the god of.

The Rick Riordan Activity Kits feature everything a reader would need to familiarize themselves with the series, characters and places they are in. They are fun kits for each book plus other kits on more specific parts such as heroes and Egyptians.

Here are some of the activity kits available and yes they are free to download and print!

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From one of the Rick Riordan activity kits:

Did You Know . . . ?

• Gaia was the grandmother of Prometheus, who tricked Zeus in order to give man the gift of fire—in the ancient world, the symbol of learning and technology.

• Gaia’s “birth” from Chaos was understood by the Greeks as the receding of the void to reveal the earth. The Roman writer Ovid altered the concept of Chaos to be understood as an unformed primordial mass.

• Most all of Gaia’s many children were objects of awe and fear for believers of Greco-Roman mythology: from the monstrous giants and Cyclopes to the terrifying Titans.

• In artistic representations, Gaia was almost always portrayed as an attractive woman half-buried in the earth—a kind of reversal of the Egyptian sky goddess Nut from the Kane Chronicles.

• For both Greeks and Romans, an oath sworn on Gaia was considered one of the most binding, since there was no way to escape earth if it was violated. Even in ancient times, it wasn’t wise to swear on your mother!

DON’T MISS:  

The Lightning Thief will be discounted to $.99 across all eBook accounts for one full week (6/15-6/22). It also includes a sneak peek chapter excerpt from Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book One: The Sword of Summer.

BARNES & NOBLE COLLECTOR’S EDITION – The perfect gift for new and faithful Percy fans: Barnes & Noble offers customers an exclusive Collector’s Edition of The Lightning Thief to celebrate the 10th anniversary. This version includes extra content from both author and illustrator as well as a specially designed jacket and endpapers. Purchase here.

10TH ANNIVERSARY ACTIVITY KIT – Available starting June 12th, visit ReadRiordan.com to download a special 10th anniversary Percy Pack Activity Kit.

WIN IT:  (1) US winner will receive the Complete Percy Jackson and the Olympians box set

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Open to US addresses only. Prizing provided by Disney-Hyperion.

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  1. Bryan E. says:

    Thank You for the giveaway…my oldest daughter just started reading The Lightning Thief.

  2. I hear that the books are so much better than the movies. I’d love to read them to my daughter.

  3. Sue Barney says:

    My son Loves Percy Jackson books and movies and so does my husband!

  4. Kristi C says:

    I loved reading this series with my older daughter. My son really liked the Percy Jackson movies and I think the books are even better.

  5. Dawn Reid says:

    I would love the Percy Jackson series for our family

  6. Breanne says:

    My nephew would be very interested in these books.

  7. Dorothy Deakyne says:

    My son loves this series

  8. Stephanie Galbraith says:

    My son loves anything and everything Percy Jackson related.

  9. My granddaughter loves Percy!! Last week Percy Jackson & the Sea Monsters movie was on. Of course, we all had to sit down & watch it with her. We really liked Percy’s Cyclops half brother.

  10. Lisa V. says:

    The boyfriend actually saw a Percy Jackson movie and really enjoys it. He would loe this.

  11. Susan Smith says:

    My son would love to read these books. It looks like a great series

  12. Pam Flynn says:

    The Percy Jackson Series of books are amazing and I cant wait to introduce them to my granddaughter who will love them as much as I do.

  13. I love learning about mythology by reading Percy Jackson books.

  14. Mary Songer says:

    I love series like this one that kids can really get into and form the reading habit. So important for life. Also I like the mythology used, good stories and opportunities for learning.

  15. Denise S says:

    My kids haven’t read or seen Percy Jackson, but I want them to check it out.

  16. Sharon Kaminski says:

    I would love the Percy Jackson series for our family to enjoy.

  17. Heather K says:

    This looks like a series that my son would enjoy reading.

  18. Kayla Allen says:

    I really like the movies:)

  19. We haven’t read the Percy Jackson series yet, but it sounds like the kind of thing my son would love.

  20. Katie J says:

    I have only read the first book, would be great to have the whole set.

  21. Sui generis says:

    I really love this series and I was really heartbroken when I found out they’re not going to continue with the movie. I was actually hoping that they would change their mind though.

  22. Patti Hess says:

    Haven’t seen these and want to! Thank you !

    pattifritz2000 at yahoo dot com

  23. Franklin Martin says:

    An amazing series of books I would love to read with my nieces.

  24. Daniel M says:

    i’ve only seen the 1st movie, liked it

  25. Trey Smith says:

    Not very familiar with perry jackson, but willing to learn. hope i win

  26. My kids have loved this series so much! And now my daughter is a 7th grade language arts teacher. If I won this, I would gift this to her classroom!!

  27. My grandson is getting into these kinds of books, an I am sure he would love Percy Jackson.

  28. Amber L. says:

    I have never read the Percy Jackson series but have always wanted to.

  29. I have always wanted to read the Percy Jackson series. It looks like such fun.

  30. Paol Trenny says:

    My kids and I have read the Percy Jackson book series and have seen both movies. We love them all.

  31. Trisha W. says:

    My older kids enjoyed this series. I’d like my 4th grader to try them out too.

  32. I have never read these or seen the movie so I would love to!

  33. My son loves watching the Percy Jackson movie series.

  34. Diane Estrella says:

    My daughter loved this series and I want my son to get into it as well.

  35. My son has been asking for these books so this would be perfect for him!

  36. xty cruz says:

    My niece loves this book. she always tells me a summary about it

  37. Alona Y says:

    This is such a great series for kids, I’m hoping to get this set for my nephew!

  38. Sharon Schoepe says:

    We check these out from the library over and over for our nightly chapter book reading. My son and I both love the series

  39. Rebecca Orr says:

    My son has seen some of his friends reading these. I would love to read these with him.

  40. Tammy V. says:

    Tyson is my fav character.

  41. Haven’t heard of these books but they look like something my grandson would like to read.

  42. Dorrie Turner says:

    I wanted to see the Percy Jackson movies, but never got around to it, so if I won after the child gets through reading the heck out of them I would indulge.

  43. I don’t know anything about these books but would love to dive into them for sure

  44. I have not had a chance to read the books yet but I love Greek mythology and I thought the movies were great.

  45. Sarah Hall says:

    I never knew who he was until I went to see a movie with my grandson and I loved it. I would like to read the books.

  46. love percy

  47. percy is my fave male character

  48. Terra Heck says:

    My teen son has read a couple of these books and really liked them. He’d love to have all the books. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)Hotmail(dot)com

  49. Jenny Q. says:

    My daughter would love to read these books. It looks like a great series.

  50. My 12 year old son LOVES Rick Riordan. He’s read all the Percy Jackson ones, except the new one coming, and he’s super anxious for it to be released!

  51. I’ve never read the books, but I like the movies.

  52. I know my niece reads this series – I’m not sure about her brother.

  53. Jessica Menster says:

    Two of my sons are old enough to have begun reading the series. They have read the first book and seen the movie, so this would be amazing to let them continue!

  54. My daughter is a big Percy Jackson fan.

  55. Cathy Conrad says:

    My six grandsons would love this.

  56. Suzanne says:

    I’ve read most of the series and I’m excited to one day share it with my son. The movies are fantastic as well.

  57. Autumn Keesling says:

    This series is amazing and I can’t wait to read it to my son.

  58. Brittney House says:

    My son just started reading the books and he’s hooked.

  59. Connie campbell says:

    I remember reading this series with my daughter. Great books!

  60. Tabathia B says:

    It’s a great series, wish it didn’t end at five books and even though it spun off into the heroes of olympus it still didn’t offer much of Percy and Annabeth future.

  61. Amelia Drew says:

    I am looking forward to reading these- my husband LOVES these books!

  62. Heather B says:

    I have seen the movies but have not read the books I would really like to read these. I think my older 2 children would really enjoy them as well!

  63. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    My nephew really wants to read this series!

  64. Me and my son saw the Percy Jackson movies but we have not read the books yet. This series of books would make some great summer reading.

  65. blyskalp says:

    Great Sweeps keep up the good work.

  66. Darlene Sullins says:

    I LOVED the movies! They were really fun to watch!

  67. My son would love this.

  68. heather s says:

    I love the adventures Percy goes on and learning about all the Gods

  69. Cynthia R says:

    I’ve always wanted to read the book series!

  70. Cynthia C says:

    I want to get my nephew started on this series. I know he would enjoy the books.

  71. Holly Thomas says:

    I have a nephew that I think would really enjoy reading Percy Jackson books!

  72. My son has loved these and I can’t wait to share them with my nieces!

  73. jules m. says:

    my daughter loved these books so much and i would love to win a set for my nephew

  74. I’d like to learn more about this series.

  75. Nannypanpan says:

    Would love for my son to read the series

  76. Christina Foley says:

    My daughter loves Percy Jackson, she’d love this box set! Thanks for the chance

  77. Melissa L says:

    I am in love with this series and I’m due for a re-read! I would love to add this to my collection!

  78. I am so super excited for this giveaway! This is a series I’ve read due to kids at school reading it. (I like to keep up with what they’re reading. Fun for random discussions!) This will be a great series to start with my niece one day. This collection looks lovely.

  79. Francine Anchondo says:

    My daughter would love to read this.

  80. Jessica Cox says:

    My daughter wants to read these we have seen the 1st movie and enjoyed it

  81. Vicki Wurgler says:

    I have not read these books but my grandson has-he’d love them

  82. shelly peterson says:

    My son loves Percy Jackson. He has read some of these books but he would love to own them.

  83. Jennifer Tilson says:

    I haven’t read any of the books. I’ve just seen the movie previews. I think my daughter would enjoy these books.

  84. vickie couturier says:

    my older grandsons love Percy Jackson,,love reading the books

  85. Julie L says:

    My niece is a huge percy Jackson fan!

  86. LeAnn H says:

    My sons would like reading this series

  87. i usually prefer to read a book before seeing the movie, but this one crept up on me and my husband wanted to see it [he’s not a reader], so we did. we’ve seen the two that came out and thoroughly enjoyed them both. since books are *always* better than their movie counterparts, i know i will love this series!

  88. John Thuku says:

    I didn’t know this. I have only watched the movie – Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief but I would love to read the novels. I am sure they will be fantastic.

  89. My sister loves the author books but not the movies. She hates that that it’s not like the books.

  90. My sister loves the author and all his books but she does not love the movie!

  91. Have started watching the Percy Jackson movies with my son.

  92. KELLY NICHOLSON says:

    Leave a blog post comment on anything Percy Jackson related!

    never really seen this..i did watch the movie..does that count?

  93. Michelle S says:

    My son loved these books! I would love to give him this set.

  94. Patricia C. says:

    I loved this series and would be thrilled to win this set for my sons to enjoy.

  95. Andrea v says:

    I haven’t seen it but my son has talked about it.

  96. Lana Simanovicki says:

    My boys like like these stories

  97. bill norris says:

    i love the movies and am hoping for more.

  98. mycraftingworld says:

    I don’t know Percy Jackson but the kids like really like the stories.

  99. charlene says:

    I loved the Movies I would love to read the books . I am sure my son would like them also

  100. Deborah W. says:

    I watched one of the movies and it was pretty good. I always thought I’d love to read the books. This would be great to have and then pass along to my kids and their kids.

  101. Melissa S says:

    My son love the audiobooks and was asking for the print books recently.

  102. DEBIJOT says:

    My grandson loves the Percy Jackson movie.

  103. Elizabeth says:

    This Percy Jackson boxed set is a great way to introduce readers to Greek mythology! He seems like such a courageous young man, and I know that my Granddaughter would be thrilled to own this set of books!

  104. Patricia says:

    I would love to share these books with my kids.

  105. Shemp DeYoung (@ShempGames) says:

    My kids both love these stories and so do I.

  106. I listened to these books years ago and was totally charmed. Percy, Annabeth, Grover, and Tyson totally won my heart. I loved that I thought I knew a lot about mythology, but there was always a lot for me to learn in each book. I would love to have physical copies and this set is gorgeous!

  107. Dorothy Teel says:

    It is hard for me to realize that Percy Jackson Lightening Thief has been around for 10 years, I am glad that the Olympian series is around very interesting and great reading, thank you for sharing these books with us

  108. Rachelle says:

    I have read all of the books and they are incredible! They always get me wanting blue cake tho! 🙂

  109. D SCHMIDT says:

    So far we have only read the first book but we loved it.

  110. my sons have read the first book and loved it