Welcome to our fantastic collection of Top 34 Mythology Stories for children to read online! These delightful tales can be enjoyed at bedtime, story time, or any time when kids are in need of a little adventure. Our carefully curated selections are perfect for boys, girls, and every young reader from preschool and kindergarten to elementary students and even toddlers in early years settings. These marvelous stories can be accessed online in PDF format, both easy to read and free to download, or in printable versions for added convenience. Our collection also offers audio versions and includes many famous tales with pictures, ensuring that your child is captivated and fully immersed in each mythical world as they embark on fun, educational, and entertaining journeys through these enchanting tales.
Mythology Stories play a significant role in instilling invaluable lessons in children while keeping them entertained. Uniquely crafted and woven throughout history, these timeless tales have offered insights into various cultures, customs, and traditions. Children will find themselves immersed in exciting worlds filled with powerful gods, mystical creatures, and endearing heroes who overcome challenges and learn essential life lessons. These narratives not only inspire the imagination, creativity, and curiosity of young minds but also pass down moral values and foundational ethics from an early age. Our exclusive compilation of Mythology Stories will surely captivate young audiences and provide them with both pleasure and learning. So, gather your little ones for a spellbinding night-time reading or listen to tales during the day. This enchanting collection will make children fall in love with the magic of seldom-explored realms and the endless possibilities that their imagination holds. Happy reading!
Top 34 Mythology Stories for kids to read online:
- The Flying Dutchman: A ship’s crew seeks shelter from a bad storm. The captain is determined to sail despite it being Easter. As soon as the ship sets sail, it turns into a ghost ship called the Flying Dutchman. It sails the seas for years without ever mooring. Many sailors believe in its existence, but nobody knows if it has ever found peace. The story ends by hoping that the crew has finally found some peace after so many years of never being able to moor.
- Theseus and the Minotaur: The story is about a young hero named Theseus who sets out to kill the Minotaur, a creature that lives in a labyrinth on the island of Crete and devours the children of Athens. With the help of King Milos’ daughter, Ariadne, Theseus enters the labyrinth and manages to defeat the beast. However, he forgets to switch the black sails of his ship to white, causing his father, King Aegeus, to jump from a cliff in despair, believing his son has died. Theseus becomes king of Athens and rules wisely, following his mother’s advice. The story highlights bravery, sacrifice, and loyalty.
- Sparrow’s search for the rain: In a village near the sea, a beautiful and gentle daughter of a proud old warrior had little interest in frivolous things and chose to live alone rather than listen to the foolish chatter of men. Many suitors came, but none could hold her interest until Sparrow successfully located Rain and Whirlwind who brought much-needed rain to the parched land. As a reward for his success, the Sparrow-people were promised protection from the Indians who would not hunt sparrows for game or kill them for food.
- The ice king and his wonderful grandchild: The story is about the fairy Uller, who was the patron of boys and girls and the god of winter. He was married to the strong huntress Skadi and had six daughters. They were all given winter names and became known as the Six White Sisters. One day, a young giant fairy named Vuur started visiting them, and they all fell in love with him. However, he took so long to choose which daughter he wanted that they all turned into water and became one. Uller was angry and made Vuur marry all six daughters. Their child, named Stoom, was mischievous and loved to cause destruction. However, when harnessed properly, Stoom became a great friend and servant all over the world. The story teaches the importance of treating things well and with respect.
- The Pomegranate seeds: In this story, Mother Ceres warns her daughter Proserpina not to wander too far into fields but to stay with the water nymphs while she goes off to tend the crops. However, Proserpina becomes enamoured by a bush with brilliant flowers and tries to uproot it, causing a chasm in the ground to open and a black carriage to appear, carrying King Pluto. He convinces Proserpina to ride with him, taking her to his castle in the underworld. Meanwhile, Ceres discovers her daughter is missing and searches for her, eventually discovering where she is and taking her back home. However, because Proserpina ate six pomegranate seeds while in Pluto’s palace, she must spend six months of the year with him, and the other six with her mother.
- Why the elephant has small eyes: This is a folktale about a cunning Tortoise who tricks a greedy Elephant into giving him both of his eyes by offering him a delicious treat. The Elephant ends up blind and the Tortoise manages to escape unharmed. Later on, the Elephant asks a Worm for help and ends up stealing his eyes, which results in Worms becoming blind and Elephants having small eyes. The story is available as a downloadable PDF.
- How the moon got her face: This is a fable about the Moon, who was once very sad because no one liked to look at him. The Moon wished he could become a star or a flower to be more appealing to others. Eventually, a beautiful Earth girl named Tseh-N’io took notice of the Moon and visited him every night, ultimately becoming his bride and disappearing with him forever. The Moon’s face became beautiful and cheerful, resembling Tseh-N’io, and gave soft light to the whole world.
- The Loch Ness Monster: The story is about the Loch Ness monster, or Nessie, who lived in Scotland’s Loch Ness. People loved to watch her swim. But one day, an evil man tried to catch her, and Nessie stayed hidden to avoid being hurt. Despite trying not to be seen, people still caught glimpses of her. Nessie had a secret cave where she was safe and happy, and people continued to tell stories of the beautiful and mysterious Loch Ness monster.
- The History of the Mistletoe: This story is about Frigg, the goddess of love and fertility, who tried to protect her son Baldur by getting every object in the world to swear not to harm him, but mistletoe was missed. Loki tricked Hodor into killing Baldur with a mistletoe dart, causing Frigg to weep tears of gold. In her grief, Frigg declared that mistletoe would never again be used as a weapon and anyone who passed under it would be kissed as a sign of love and peace, which is still practiced today.
- Odysseus and the Bag of Winds: After many wanderings, Odysseus and his crew arrived at the island of Aeolia, home to the great King of the winds, Aeolus. Aeolus gave Odysseus a bag made of an ox’s skin containing all the blustering winds. He told Odysseus that if he needed a powerful blast to quickly carry the boat far from danger, he should open the bag and let the desired wind out. Odysseus and his crew sailed peacefully for ten days until the crew, curious about the bag, opened it, and the blustering winds caused a great disaster. Finally, many years later, Odysseus returned home and would tell of their mishap caused by curiosity.
- Pegasus: In the story, a great creature destroys crops and ruins the land of Lycia. The king asks a young man called Bellerophon to fight the monster. One night, Bellerophon dreams that the goddess Minerva gives him a golden bridle. The next day he finds the bridle next to a beautiful horse with wings that he tames and calls Pegasus. Bellerophon and Pegasus defeat the monster, but Bellerophon knows he must free Pegasus back to the mountains. Pegasus comes back to help with other brave deeds, and Bellerophon and Pegasus become fast friends.
- King Midas: A peasant and his wife brought their son Midas to the palace in Phrygia, fulfilling a prophecy that the next king would arrive in a farm wagon. Midas becomes king and later receives a gift from the god Bacchus to turn whatever he touches into gold. However, Midas soon learns that this gift is a curse when he can no longer eat or drink. To be rid of the power, he goes to the River Pactolus and is cured by the waters. After this, he abandons riches and becomes a worshipper of Pan, living a simple life in the countryside.
- The Tale of Vivionn the Giantess: Finn and the Fianna meet Vivionn, a giantess seeking Finn’s protection from her abusive husband. After Vivionn reveals her beauty and uniqueness, her husband comes to take her back and kills her. The Fianna chase him to no avail, and Vivionn dies. She entrusts her bracelets to Finn’s harpers before passing, and they bury her with a great mound and carve her name on a pillar stone.
- Neptune: The story is about Neptune, the sea god, who discovers chaos and destruction underwater due to a terrible storm above the water. He and his loyal sea creatures, including a dolphin and his son Triton, travel to the surface to calm the storm and rescue ships in danger. With magical abilities and his trident, Neptune successfully restores peace to the sea and watches the dolphins play as he glides over the now-calm waters. An ebook download link is also provided.
- The Dwarves and the Elves: This story is about Odin, Thor, and the Aesir watching over the earth and observing the foolish and fearful people. Odin sees a three-headed giant and Thor goes to confront him. Then, Odin observes mischievous dwarves and light elves causing harm to humans. He calls them to his palace and condemns the dwarves to work far underground making the great central fire and the mischievous elves to work in the flower fields. He then calls on the god Frey to become the new teacher of the light elves, teaching them all about nature and its wonders.
- The Trojan Horse: The story is about the Trojan War and how the Greeks came up with a cunning plan to conquer the city of Troy. They built a giant wooden horse, hid soldiers inside it, and left it outside the gates of Troy as a gift. The Trojans welcomed the horse inside the city, not knowing that it was a trap. The Greeks then crawled out of the horse at night, opened the city gates, and conquered Troy. The plan succeeded because of the Greek’s cunning and a false story told by a Greek survivor named Sinon.
- The spring fairy and the frost giants: The Frost Giants want to capture Iduna, the Spring Fairy, and her basket of golden apples, so that they can cause desolation to the fruitful fields and enjoy everlasting youth and vigor. They cannot achieve this without first capturing Iduna and stealing her treasure. The Giants decide to enlist the help of Loki, the Prince of Mischief, living in Asgard. The Giants capture Loki and force him to help them capture Iduna. Meanwhile, the valley of Spring is suffering in the absence of Iduna and her magic apples. Odin summons Loki to bring back Iduna without delay. Loki rescues Iduna and the apples from the Frost Giants and returns her to Asgard. The Storm Giant follows Loki but fails to recapture the Spring Fairy.
- Daphne, the child of the morning: In this story, Daphne lived a free and happy life in the valley near Mount Olympus and had no interest in love or marriage. Apollo saw her and wanted her for himself, but Daphne rejected him and ran away. As Apollo chased her, she prayed to the goddess Ceres for help, but when it didn’t come, she asked Father Peneios, the river, to receive her. Daphne turned into a laurel tree, and Apollo, mourning his mistake, made her branches an emblem of his victory and wore them as a wreath on his head forever.
- Rainbow and Autumn Leaves: The story is about how the animals in Canada once lived like humans and how they all decided to go to heaven with Turtle. Deer met Rainbow who promised to take him to heaven but failed to do so until Deer became impatient. They finally made it to heaven where Deer decided to stay. The other animals followed suit but were angry at Deer for leaving them. When they arrived in heaven, Bear confronted Deer about leaving the council, and they got into a fight. Their descendants still don’t live together in peace, and their blood is said to have changed the colors of leaves in autumn.
- The God of Spring and the God of Autumn: The story is about a king’s daughter who was born from a red jewel. She became known as the Most Beloved in the World, and many princes, warriors, and gods came to ask for her hand. However, she rejected them all until the arrival of the God of Spring, who won her heart. The God of Autumn was jealous and angry and tried to harm them, but the God of Spring’s mother warned him and presented a powerful weapon against his brother. The story explains why spring is joyful and why autumn is sad.
- The Story of Arion: This is the story of a musician named Arion who became rich because of his beautiful music. He decided to travel to different places, but on his way back home, the sailors on his ship tried to kill him for his money. Arion promised to give them all his wealth if they spared his life, but they refused. He then played his harp one last time before jumping into the sea. A dolphin saved him and carried him to Corinth, where he tried to convince his friend Periander the tyrant that he had been thrown into the sea. The sailors who had tried to kill him arrived in Corinth on their ship, but were caught in their lies and punished. Arion was given back all his wealth and his golden harp, and a statue of him on the back of a dolphin was created to remember the miraculous story.
- The Moon and the Thunder: The story is about the Sun and her lover who comes to court her every month at night. The Sun tries to find out her lover’s identity, so she rubs ash on his face when he comes, and the next night, the Moon appears with spots on his face, revealing himself as the Sun’s lover. The story also mentions how some people believe the Moon was once a ball thrown in a game and how the eclipse happens because a big frog tries to swallow the Sun or the Moon. Additionally, it touches on the Thunder and his sons, lightning, and the rainbow. The story comes with a downloadable PDF.
- The Golden Touch: The story is about a king named Midas who was obsessed with gold. One day, he wished that everything he touched would turn into gold and his wish was granted by a stranger. However, he soon realized the downsides of his gift when even his beloved daughter turned into gold. He sought the stranger’s help again and was told to dive into a river to reverse the effects of his wish. Midas learned that the true treasure in life is not gold, but the people and things around him. He gave up his obsession with wealth and lived happily ever after with his family.
- The Gift of Athena: In this story, Erechtheus built a city that would become eventually known as Athens. Poseidon and Athena both wanted the city for themselves, so Zeus tasked them with bringing forth the best gift for the city. Poseidon created a magnificent horse, but Athena planted an olive tree, which was deemed the better gift. The city was named Athens in her honor, and it became a beacon of law, order, and freedom for the rest of the world.
- The story of the Norse about how everything began: This is a Norse myth about the creation of the world. At the beginning, there was only a gaping gap, and north of it was the House of Mist, and south of it was the House of Fire. A giant, Ymir, was born from the ice and fire, and he found a giant cow to satisfy his hunger. The cow licked the ice blocks, and eventually a man was revealed. The race of giants and the race of gods were born from the sons of Ymir, and they fought against each other. The gods created the world from Ymir’s body, gave light to it, and made a man and a woman named Ask and Embla to live in it. They also planted the Tree of Life that everything in the world depended on.
- The Star Lovers: The story tells of the Weaving Maiden, the daughter of the God of Light, who spends her days weaving while neglecting her duty and dress. The God of Light arranges for her to get married to the Keeper of Heaven, and they live happily together until her father gets angry and banishes her lover. The Weaving Maiden returns to her loom and weaves diligently as she weeps for her beloved. The God of Light summons magpies on the seventh day of the seventh moon to make a bridge for the Weaving Maiden to be reunited with her lover. They have a yearly meet-up on this day, unless bad weather prevents it.
- The Building of the Wall of Asgard: In this story, the gods of Asgard need to build a wall to protect their city from giants, but a stranger offers to build an indestructible one in exchange for the sun, the moon, and the goddess Freya. Loki comes up with a plan to trick the stranger and finish the wall before summer, but Odin is left feeling uneasy about the outcome. The story offers a downloadable ebook for offline reading.
- The Story of Echo: This story is about a mischievous wood-nymph named Echo who loved to play tricks on her friends. Her friends eventually grew tired of her tricks and stopped playing with her. When she annoys the queen of gods, Juno, Echo is punished and can only speak if spoken to. She retreats to live alone in the woods and can still be heard answering back when someone calls her name, but she never shows herself. The story is available for download in PDF format.
- Achilles: This is the story of Achilles, a great warrior from ancient Greece who was blessed by the gods with incredible speed and strength. When the king of Greece called on all the warriors to help fight in a war against the city of Troy, Achilles led a group of brave warriors into battle and fought with a fierce determination. However, Achilles was killed after being hit in the heel with an arrow. Despite his death, his legend lived on, inspiring many others to be brave and strong in the face of adversity.
- Clytie, the Sunflower Nymph: The story is about Clytie, a beautiful nymph who loved the sun. She spent her days roaming the woods, gathering flowers, and watching the sun rise and set. Apollo, the sun god, admiring Clytie’s beauty, turned her into a sunflower so that she could continue looking at the sun forever. The story ends with a downloadable PDF of the story available for offline reading or printing.
- Echo and Narcissus: Echo, a talkative nymph was punished by Juno to only repeat the last words she heard. She fell in love with Narcissus who rejected her, causing her to hide in caves and wither away. Narcissus discovers his own reflection and falls deeply in love with it, but dies never knowing the truth of what he saw. The story teaches us the power of love and the importance of humility. It is also available as a downloadable ebook in PDF format.
- Hyacinthus: The story is about a prince named Hyacinthus who lived in Sparta and was loved by both the people and the gods of Greece. One day, while playing a game of discus with Apollo, the god of the sun, Hyacinthus was struck by the discus due to the jealousy of Zephyrus, the god of the west wind. Apollo was unable to save him and turned Hyacinthus into a beautiful flower called the hyacinth in his honor. The hyacinth became a symbol of love and friendship, reminding people of the bond between Apollo and Hyacinthus.
- The King’s Son and the Ogress: A King’s son goes hunting with his Vizier and they become separated. He meets a weeping woman who turns out to be an ogress who plans to eat him. The ogress tells him to ask for the help of God, he prays and the ogress departs. He returns home and the King puts the deceitful Vizier to death.
- The Battle of the Winds: Father Neptune tells the Little Mermaid a story about the battle of the winds which caused the sea to be troubled. He describes how he separated the North Wind and the East Wind during their furious battle that caused the waves to rise high. Father Neptune clarifies that he does not cause the sea to be troubled, but the restless sea is a result of the winds’ anger. The Little Mermaid is glad that Father Neptune is not cruel to mortals, and they mutually agree that the humans often mix up everything about them. The assistant also provides a download link for the story in PDF format.
In conclusion, these Top 34 Mythology Stories provide children with a captivating and engaging gateway into the world of myths from different cultures, fostering their creativity and curiosity while expanding their understanding of traditions and beliefs from around the globe. By delving into the magical tales filled with gods, goddesses, heroes, and fantastic creatures, young readers not only develop their reading skills but also learn valuable life lessons and morals transmitted through these ageless stories. This diverse collection of mythology stories offers endless enchantment, ensuring that today’s generation carries on the rich legacy of these ancient civilizations, as they continue to inspire wonder and imagination.