Myths and legends

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We have selected these online resources to support you when you need information relating to myths, legends, folktales, tall tales, trickster stories, and storytelling. SCIS 1674369

See also Fairytales and Māori myths and legends.

Aaron’s world of stories

Here is a wide selection of folktales, fairy tales, tall tales, myths, legends, magical tales, and sacred stories, plus original fables, humor, and historical fiction. Also included are resources for storytelling, and an online guide to telling stories. SCIS 1674369

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Folk legends of Japan

Read the stories from "once upon a time in Japan." These will take you on a journey to a fairy-tale world of boy heroes, terrible ogres, animal antics, and more.

Suggested level: primary


To discover information on the school work site ManyAnswers use the search term myths and legends.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Myths, folktales, and fairy tales

Resources to help learn about myths, folk and fairy tales, including guidelines on how writers write these types of stories, writing strategies, and storytelling workshops.

Suggested level: primary

Myths and legends

Contains selected myths and legends and stories sent in from contributors around the world. There is also a create-your-own section.

Suggested level: primary

Storynory – Greek myths

A selection of free audio and text versions of Greek myths. Fairytales and classic stories are also available.

Suggested level: primary


Have you thought about using books with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Asian children’s favourite stories, by David Conger, 2006 (picture book)
New legends of Aotearoa: New Zealand birds, by Irene Swadling, 2006 (picture book)
Pascal and the kitchen angels, by Tomie dePaola, 2004 (picture book)
Red Rocks by Rachael King, 2013 (junior fiction)
Series: Stories from around the world (2008) by various authors that cover African, Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, Native American, and Roman myths and legends (picture book)
Taming the sun: four Māori myths, by Gavin Bishop, 2004 (picture book)
The discovery of dragons, by Graeme Base, 1996 (picture book)


The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush. Nathan King.YouTube. 5:33.

How tiger got his stripes. Story Cove. YouTube. 8: 54.