Back in July 2017, I wrote about 8 of my favorite books for kids about Egypt or Islam. Now I have 8 more recommendations for kids who can’t get enough about Egypt.
If You Were Me and Lived in…Egypt: A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World by Carole P Roman
Cute book that shows what life is like for a child living in modern-day Egypt including names, foods, hobbies, holidays, sightseeing, etc. You’ll learn that your name might be Youseff or Fatma, you might eat halawa, and you might sail on a felucca for a family outing.
Follows an Egyptian girl living in modern day who talks to the reader all about her daily life–school, family, favorite foods, holidays, and some history of the country.
An ABC Escapade through Egypt by Bernadette Simpson (I bought this locally. Amazon only has a Kindle edition)
Each letter has its own page, several color photos, and lots of details. For example, Q is “Quietly quilting in Qasaba” and talks about the traditional craft of quilt making inside tents. E is “Elegant egrets” and gives facts about this common bird. For little kids, you could just read the headline and look at the pictures, while bigger kids will enjoy learning the facts.
The Tomb Robber and King Tut by Sarah Gauch (only sold used on Amazon, but in Cairo the AUC bookstores carry it new in hardcover)
This fictional story follows a boy living in the village near where Howard Carter is working to discover King Tut’s tomb. He desperately wants to help excavate but he comes from a family of tomb robbers. Will he be allowed to help or will he be shunned by the foreman and the archaeologists?
Ancient Egypt: Nonfiction
A chapter book with plenty of pictures, this book is the biography of Ancient Egypt’s most famous ruler. It covers his life, death, and discovery by Howard Carter.
I Wonder Why Pyramids Were Built and Other Questions About Ancient Egypt by Philip Steele (This is an updated edition from the one we own)
This question/answer book has 31 questions kids might ask about Ancient Egypt and their answers, including “Could a woman be a pharaoh?” and “Why were mummies wrapped in bandages?” Includes plenty of pictures and lots of interesting facts.
You Are in Ancient Egypt by Ivan Minnis (currently only sold used on Amazon)
Each two page spread covers a different topic, including towns, farms, growing up, reading and writing, technology, religious beliefs, and more. Lots of photographs and color, plus great nonfiction features like captions, glossary, and an index.
Ancient Egypt: Fiction
Ms. Frizzle’s Adventures in Ancient Egypt by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen (only sold used on Amazon currently)
Did you know Ms Frizzle has adventures without the Magic School Bus?? In this book, her summer vacation takes her to Egypt where she mysteriously ends up heading back in time to Ancient Egypt with her tour group (but minus the tour guide). No worries, because Ms Frizzle can lead! With tons of facts thrown into the story, you’ll learn a lot and have fun exploring Egypt with everyone’s favorite science teacher.