Booklist: Children's books about the Ancient Egyptians

Ancient Egypt

Best children's books about Ancient Egypt

The topic of Ancient Egypt is a fascinating one, filled with exciting stories about tombs and treasures or codes and curses. Whether it's the mysteries of the pyramids, the stories of pharaohs or daily life by the Nile, there's plenty to unearth in our selection of recommended children's books about the Ancient Egyptians....

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The Egyptian Cinderella
Shirley Climo & Ruth Heller
Picture book

The Egyptian Cinderella takes the familiar story of Cinderella and transports it into the context of Ancient Egypt. Rhodipis is an orphaned slave girl from Greece, whose red slipper ends up in the hands of the Prince of Egypt. Follow her story as the Pharaoh searches for Rhodipis and makes her the Egyptian Queen. There is also an accompanying KS2History planning unit available. 

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The Egyptians
Jonny Marx & Chaaya Prabhat 
Information book

A novetly information book digging deeper into the topic of Ancient Egypt. With flaps to lift on every page and vibrant illustrations of Egyptian scenes, there's plenty to keep little hands busy and curious minds at work, as topics include mummification, pharaohs, culture and mythology. 

Secrets of a Sun King
Emma Carroll
Chapter book

This story is set in 1922 around the time that Howard Carter famously excavated Tutankhamun’s tomb. Thirteen-year-old Lilian Kaye enjoys following the newspaper reports about Howard Carter’s progress. A mystery parcel raises lots of questions and soon after Lilian has an opportunity to join a voyage to Egypt. What follows is an exciting adventure that will take Lilian to the very heart of Howard Carter’s fascinating discoveries. Filled with historical intrigue and intelligently drawn characters, this is highly recommended for upper Ks2.

Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx
Joe Todd Stanton
Graphic novel style picture book

This highly appealing text is a hybrid between picture book and graphic novel. It follows the story of young Marcy, who finds himself on a mission to save her father after he becomes trapped inside an Ancient Egyptian Sphinx. On her journey Marcy must learn to overcome her fears and challenge evil as she encounters hieroglyphs, Egyptian gods and ancient tombs as she goes about her quest. A gentle introduction to Ancient Egyptian mythology in the form of an exciting quest narrative.

Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharaohs
Marcia Williams
Comic-style information book

Get to grips with nine intriguing key people from Ancient Egypt as Marcia Williams returns with her distinctive comic-book style to present exciting tales of gods, goddesses and pharaohs. These stories have plenty of humour and a great visual appeal, proving particularly popular for engaging reluctant readers. Subjects include Cleopatra, Tutankhamen, Ra and Isis.

Meet the Ancient Egyptians
James Davies
Information book

A picture-book style non-fiction text about the Ancient Egyptian people. Each page has a short chunk of text accompanied by simple, bold illustrations or infographics. Humorous and stylish without compromising on factual content, this book is a popular choice with reluctant or younger readers.

The Story of Tutankhamun
Patricia Cleveland-Peck &  Isabel Greenberg 
Comic Style Information Book

Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards, this is a comic style exploration of the story of an Egyptian king, and the 20th century explorer who found him. Discover the troubles Tutankhamun faced as a young king, his untimely death, and his legacy, which lay hidden for centuries. Pore over his treasures, learn the steps of mummification, and see Tutankhamun's fascinating story bought to life. Travel through history with Howard Carter, on his quest to uncover Tutankhamun's hidden tomb, his incredible discovery, and our continued hunt to understand and unearth the riches of Ancient Egyptian life.

A Mummy Ate My Homework
Thiago de Moraes
Illustrated chapter book

A heavily illustrated chapter book full of interesting and unusual facts about Ancient Egypt woven into a funny, action-packed time travel adventure. The book includes an engaging mix of visual features, including comic strips, maps and full page spreads and also has bonus activities at the end include hieroglyphic codes to crack - a winning combination for reluctant readers and those who enjoy fact-finding in a story.

The Red Pyramid
Rick Riordan
Chapter book

Fans of Percy Jackson will enjoy this edge-of-your seat Egyptian adventure from the same author. This fast-paced narrative follows the story of two siblings who find themselves thrown into an action-packed adventure where the world of Ancient Egypt meets modern life, complete with gods, pharaohs and ancient magic. This is a good choice for upper KS2, full of mystery and a sure winner for fans of action and adventure.

Egyptology: Search for the Tomb of Osiris
Dugald Steer
Illustrated information text

This is a beautiful and unusual hands-on text that will engage and enchant pupils and teachers alike. Egyptology recounts the lost expedition of Emily Sands in her 1926 scrapbook journal. Through flaps, envelopes and interactive extras, readers will encounter jewels, mummy cloth, hieroglyphs and a working board game.  Egyptology brings art, literacy and history together in a stunning and imaginative way. This book is a real gem and certainly one with the wow factor. 

Egypt Magnified
David Long & Harry Bloom
Information book

A treasure trove of information about Ancient Egypt presented in a seek-and-find format, with a magnifying glass included (because “every Egyptologist needs a magnifying glass”). This fun and interactive book includes 16 scenes depicting daily life for the Ancient Egyptians, each with hundreds of miniature cartoon-style figures going about their daily activities. Readers familiar with the Where’s Wally? books will dive right in without hesitation as they search for different characters, animals, symbols and objects that all build up to create a detailed picture of different aspects of life in Ancient Egypt.

So You Think You've Got It Bad: A Kid's Life in Ancient Egypt
Chae Strathie & Marisa Morea
Information book

Published in collaboration with The British Museum, this children's information book offers a humorous and informative introduction to daily life in Ancient Egypt and has a high appeal to readers in KS2. The book compares modern-day life for children to different aspects of daily life for the Ancient Egyptians, including clothes and hairstyles, education, family life, pets, food and hobbies. . An enjoyable information text that would appeal to children in KS2, this is the kind of book .that helps young readers to move beyond hard facts and begin to reflect on what life might have felt like for those living in ancient times.

 

An Egyptian Adventure (The Histronauts)
Frances Durkin &‎ Grace Cooke
Graphic novel / activity book

This engaging book is a fun hybrid between graphic novel, activity book and information text. The story, told in graphic novel form, follows a group of friends who travel back in time and explore Ancient Egypt. At various different points in the story there are relevant puzzles, fact boxes, activities and project ideas. This book has a high visual appeal and is a great addition to your library of Egyptian topic books. 

Flat Stanley: The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery
Sara Pennypacker & Jon Mitchell
Illlustrated chapter book

Flat Stanley: The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery is a good choice of text for a younger class or for less confident readers. In this quick-paced adventure, the well-loved flat main character Stanley is airmailed to Egypt to search the great pyramids for ancient treasure at the request of an archaeologist. Adventure awaits as Stanley finds himself in a new fix, this time involving underground tomb, ancient treasure and impressive pyramids.

The Legend of Tutankhamun
Sally Jane Morgan & James Weston Lewis
Information book

Telling a story that continues to fascinate young and old readers alike, this powerfully visual book tells the story of the boy Pharaoh, Tutankhamun. The book explores the story and legacy of Tutankhamun as well as Howard Carter's ground-breaking discovery of the tomb and the treasures within. The pages are mostly set in eye-catching yellows and blues, evoking the dry heat of the desert set against the powerful Nile.

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The Egyptian Cinderella Shirley Climo The Egyptian Cinderella takes the familiar story of Cinderella and transports it into the context of Ancient Egypt. Rhodipis is an orphaned slave girl from Greece, whose red slipper ends up in the hands of the Prince of Egypt. Follow her story as the Pharaoh searches for Rhodipis and makes her the Egyptian Queen. There is also an accompanying KS2History planning unit available. Buy on Amazon Pharaoh's Fate Camille Gautier &‎ Stéphanie Vernet This is a visually appealing and beautifully illustrated non-fiction text that explores life in Ancient Egypt. Someone is plotting to murder the pharaoh and this book walks the reader step by step through Egyptian life to investigate the clues. This is the kind of non-fiction text that children want to look at again and again. Buy on Amazon Secrets of a Sun King Emma Carroll This story is set in 1922 around the time that Howard Carter famously excavated Tutankhamun’s tomb. Thirteen-year-old Lilian Kaye enjoys following the newspaper reports about Howard Carter’s progress. A mystery parcel raises lots of questions and soon after Lilian has an opportunity to join a voyage to Egypt. What follows is an exciting adventure that will take Lilian to the very heart of Howard Carter’s fascinating discoveries. Filled with historical intrigue and intelligently drawn characters, this is highly recommended for upper Ks2. Also features on: Reading for Pleasure Blog Buy on Amazon An Egyptian Adventure (The Histronauts) Frances Durkin &‎ Grace Cooke This is a really engaging book that is a fun hybrid between graphic novel, activity book and information text. The story, told in graphic novel form, follows a group of friends who travel back in time and explore life in Ancient Egypt. At various different points in the story there are relevant puzzles, fact boxes, activities and project ideas. This book has a high visual appeal and is a great addition to your library of Egyptian topic books. Buy on Amazon The Red Pyramid Rick Riordan Fans of Percy Jackson will enjoy this Egyptian adventure from the same author. This fast-paced narrative follows the story of two siblings who find themselves thrown into the world of Ancient Egypt, complete with gods, pharaohs and ancient magic. This is a good choice for upper KS2, full of adventure and mystery. Buy on Amazon The Story of Tutankhamun Patricia Cleveland-Peck & Isabel Greenberg This award-nominated book tells the story of Tutankhamun. The text explores the story of Tutankhamun's life (or what is known of it) and, in more detail, the story of Howard Carter's discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb and its legacy. The text is accompanied by bold, cartoon-like illustrations that both engage the reader and add a visual dimension to the facts presented. Buy on Amazon Egyptology: Search for the Tomb of Osiris Emily Sands This is a beautiful and unusual hands-on text that will engage and enchant pupils and teachers alike. Egyptology recounts the lost expedition of Emily Sands in her 1926 scrapbook journal. Encounter jewels, mummy cloth, hieroglyphs and a working board game.  Egyptology brings art, literacy and history together in a stunning and imaginative way. This book is a real gem and certainly one with the wow factor. Buy on Amazon Meet the Ancient Egyptians James Davies This is a really engaging non-fiction text about Ancient Egypt. Each page has a short chunk of text accompanied by simple, bold illustrations or infographics. We like the way this book is presented in a way that appeals to reluctant or younger readers without compromising on factual content. ​ ​ Buy on Amazon So You Think You've Got It Bad: A Kid's Life in Ancient Egypt Chae Strathie & Marisa Morea Published in collaboration with The British Museum, this children's information book offers a humorous and informative introduction to daily life in Ancient Egypt and has a high appeal to readers in KS2. The book compares modern-day life for children to different aspects of daily life for the Ancient Egyptians, including clothes and hairstyles, education, family life, pets, food and hobbies. ​ Also features on: Reading for Pleasure Blog Buy on Amazon Flat Stanley: The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery Sara Pennypacker Flat Stanley: The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery is a good choice of text for a younger class or for less confident readers. In this quick-paced adventure, Stanley is airmailed to Egypt to search the great pyramids for ancient treasure at the request of an archaeologist. Buy on Amazon Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharaohs Marcia Williams Marcia Williams returns with her distinctive comic-book style to present exciting tales from Egyptian mythology. These stories have plenty of humour and a great visual appeal, proving particularly popular for engaging reluctant readers. Buy on Amazon Egyptian Things to Make and Do Emily Bone This book is both an essential for teachers planning an Egyptian topic and an easy-to-follow instructional text in its own right. Projects in Egyptian Things to Make and Do include a pharaoh’s headdress, a moving Egyptian god puppet, a mummy in a sarcophagus and more. Buy on Amazon The Scarab's Secret Nick Would and Christina Balit A popular choice for KS2, this is the simple tale of a small scarab beetle called Khepri who discovers a terrifying trap in the Pharaoh's newly designed tomb. Short enough to read in one sitting but deep enough to base a whole unit of work on, The Scarab's Secret is thought-provoking and beautifully illustrated. However, it can now be difficult to get hold of new copies of this text. Buy on Amazon The Time-Travelling Cat and the Egyptian Goddess Julia Jarman This novel is part of the popular Time-Travelling Cat series. Follow the historical adventures of Topher and his cat, Ka, as they travel back in time to Ancient Egypt. Meet Pharaohs, cat-worshippers and goddesses in this dramatic tale full of twists and turns. The Time-Travelling Cat and the Egyptian Goddess is a great mystery story to read out loud. Buy on Amazon Egypt Magnified David Long & Harry Bloom A treasure trove of information about Ancient Egypt presented in a seek-and-find format, with a magnifying glass included (because “every Egyptologist needs a magnifying glass”). This fun and interactive book includes 16 scenes depicting daily life for the Ancient Egyptians, each with hundreds of miniature cartoon-style figures going about their daily activities. Readers familiar with the Where’s Wally? books will dive right in without hesitation as they search for different characters, animals, symbols and objects that all build up to create a detailed picture of different aspects of the Ancient Egyptian civilisation. ​ Also features on: Reading for Pleasure Blog Buy on Amazon If I Were a Kid in Ancient Egypt Cobblestone Publishing This information text offers an exciting insight into what life would have been like for children in Ancient Egypt. Step into a world where houses are made of mud bricks and children wore no clothes! If I Were a Kid in Ancient Egypt is an important non-fiction addition to your classroom library. Buy on Amazon The Legend of Tutankhamun Sally Jane Morgan & James Weston Lewis Telling a story that continues to fascinate young and old readers alike, this powerfully visual book tells the story of the boy Pharaoh, Tutankhamun. The book explores the story and legacy of Tutankhamun as well as Howard Carter's ground-breaking discovery of the tomb and the treasures within. The pages are mostly set in eye-catching yellows and blues, evoking the dry heat of the desert set against the powerful Nile. ​ Also features on: Reading for Pleasure