Ancient Egypt For Your Homeschool History Study
One of the most exciting and engaging parts of any homeschool ancient history study is Egypt. I remember being fascinated by this amazing civilization as a child. It’s been a joy to see the same enthusiasm for learning about this topic in my own children.
Our Favorite Books About Ancient Egyptian Life
Egyptian Diary: The Journal of Nakht by Richard Platt
The Cat of Bubastes by G.A. Henty: Henty’s classic is on just about every book list, and for good reason. This is a compelling coming of age story of a boy who was taken as a slave when the Egyptians conquered his father’s kingdom.
Voices of Ancient Egypt by Kay Winters: While many books on Ancient Egypt focus on the Pharaohs and monuments left by the this civilization, Voices of Ancient Egypt tells the stories of the craftsmen, farmers, and others who made up the backbone of Egyptian civilization.
How to Be an Egyptian Princess by Jacqueline Morley
Ralph Masiello’s Ancient Egypt Drawing Book by Ralph Masiello: Masiello’s books are the perfect blend of easy shapes and details. There are also instructions to add details.
Egypt Magnified: With a 3x Magnifying Glass by David Long: This is a where’s waldo seek and find type book with a good bit of history thrown in.
Temple Cat by Andrew Clements
Nile Crossing by Katy Beebe: The opening words of this book had me hooked. “We wake in the still darkness of a day unlike all others. I roll up my mat, and my heart swoops like a falcon in this new day, the first day of school.” This is a story of a boy setting out on his first day of school to become a scribe in the New Kingdom of Egypt. This beautifully illustrated book provides a look at the regular people of Egypt.
Croco’nile by Roy Gerrard
Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharaohs by Marcia Williams
Cleopatra by Diane Stanley
Egyptian Diary: The Journal of Nakht (Junior Library Guild Selection)The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt (Dover Children’s Classics)Voices of Ancient EgyptHow to Be an Egyptian PrincessZekmet: The Stone Carver: A Tale of Ancient EgyptRalph Masiello’s Ancient Egypt Drawing Book (Ralph Masiello’s Drawing Books)Egypt Magnified: With a 3x Magnifying GlassTemple CatCroco’nileAncient Egypt: Tales of Gods and PharaohsCleopatra
Stories of The Jewish People In Egypt
This collection of books is written in both Hebrew and English and is read from front to back. I like the idea of studding the history of the Ancient Egyptians alongside their neighbors to the north in Goshen because it helps to merge two usually separate histories.
Joseph the Dreamer by Alison Greengard
The Brave Women Who Saved Moses by Alison Greengard
Let My People Go! by Alison Greengard
Engaging Books About The Pyramids
You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Pyramid Builder! by Jacqueline Morley: You can group the you wouldn’t want to books together as a fun way to look at history. My son loves them so the probably appeal to boys. These are also great strewing books.
Egyptian Treasures: Mummies and Myths by Jim Weiss (Audio CD)
Tut’s Mummy: Lost…and Found by Judy Donnelly
The 5,000-Year-Old Puzzle: Solving a Mystery of Ancient Egypt by Claudia Logan: As you follow Will and his family on a real Egyptian archeological adventure, the excitement of finding a tomb in the desert comes through the pages.
The Magnificent Book of Treasures: Ancient Egypt by Philip Steele: I love the way this new book on Ancient Egypt shows you an artifact, or treasure, then explains what it is and why it is significant and what it can tell us about Egyptian culture.
Pyramid by David Macaulay: A Macaulay classic! The Illustrations is really where Macaulay shines so just strew this book in a high traffic area and watch your child enjoy!
Tutankhamen’s Gift by Robert Sabuda
Pharaoh’s Boat by David Weitzman
The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
Seeker of Knowledge: The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian by James Rumford
You Wouldn’t Want to be An Egyptian Pyramid Builder!Egyptian Treasures: Mummies and Myths (The Jim Weiss Audio Collection)Tut’s Mummy: Lost…and FoundThe Great Pyramid: The story of the farmers, the god-king and the most astounding structure ever builtThe 5,000-Year-Old Puzzle: Solving a Mystery of Ancient EgyptThe Magnificent Book of Treasures: Ancient EgyptPyramidTutankhamen’s GiftPharaoh’s BoatThe Golden Goblet (Newbery Library, Puffin)Seeker Of Knowledge: The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphs
Ancient Egyptian Mummies: Books For Kids
Mummies Made in Egypt by Aliki: This classic book was a favorite of my daughter’s. She was fascinated with mummies and this detailed book had just the right amount of information for her. She loved to look at each illustrated step of mummification.
You Wouldn’t Want to Be an Egyptian Mummy! by David Stewart
A Storytellers Version of Pharaohs and Queens of Ancient Egypt by Jim Weiss (Audio CD)
Voyage to the Pharos by Sarah Gauch
Additional Resources For Studying The Ancient World
Check out our Ancient History Morning Baskets. These lesson plan sets include not only books, but also art, music, poetry, and more to go with your ancient history studies.
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