Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Classics - best retellings for children.

I would like your help for this one, please.

My children are interested in the Greek Myths, in King Arthur, in lots of classical myths and legends.

I am wondering which versions you have found the most accessible for children. We have read a few - some with more success than others.

Please let me know which authors have made the ancient stories compelling for children.

Over to you.


  1. Depends if you mean interpretations / re-envisionings (not even sure that's a word - hope it makes sense) ;) On a personal note I have to admit I still love Roger Lancelyn Green stuff. For different slants on mythological matters including a lot of Norse mythology, Robin Jarvis wins the trick. His Wyrd museum books are outstanding. They teach you a lot without being too obvious. I loved them as a kid.

  2. I feel this is too obvious an answer but one author who includes a lot of genuine folklore, myths and legends into his works is Terry Pratchett.
    As an example, take his childrens book "The Wee Free Men" which is purely based on Irish, Scottish and English folklore.
    In fact, there has been an entire book written about "The Folklore of Discworld" covering the origins of the work (for example, why do witches come in threes).
    Lovely books, easy to read, very funny and his books for young readers work for children and adults alike.

  3. My 11 year old son keeps telling me I remind him of Homer, am so proud he is reading the classics at such a young age.