Why Reading Myths and Folktales to Kids is Beneficial

As parents, we are often reminded of how important it is to read to our children. Regular reading can foster a love of books and literature, develop children’s speech and vocabulary, and improve their imaginative capabilities. The question is, what kind of texts should we be reading to our kids? While there are multiple options, myths and folktales (such as the Greek or Norse myths) are particularly good options. Check out the three main benefits of reading these kinds of texts to your child. 

Cultural Exposure

By reading a range of myths and folktales from different cultures around the world, your child will begin to learn about the exciting similarities and differences between human communities. This can help to spark their wonder about different parts of the world, developing a healthy and useful curiosity.


Many of the myths and legends from around the world are incredibly evocative and imaginative. By reading these creative texts to your child, you will support the development of their imagination. Often, this can lead to your child wanting to express their own creativity, by producing their own drawings, poems, or stories linked to the texts you are reading together. 

Story Telling

There’s a reason many of the ancient myths and legends have stuck around for so long – the themes and tropes within them appeal on a universal basis, satisfying a human need for gripping plots, interesting characters, and drama. Many children find myths and legends fascinating, and reading these together can help foster a love of reading in general.