Anthologies of children’s Greek myths (e.g. Hawthorne, Coats) are published regularly, and receive reviews stressing their importance to children’s education and are sometimes taught in schools. Their creation, however, necessitates reconciliation between the sexual violence prevalent in myth and the didactic aim of children’s tales. My research sets anthologies from 1850 to the present day within their historical and social context to examine how they address this tension. I focus on retellings of the myths of Daphne, Syrinx and Europa.