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Egypt: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about Egypt?

Walk like and Egyptian and read like one, too! These books are a variety of fun stories and educational reads, all based off Egypt or Egyptian culture. You’ll learn about sphinxes and ancient leaders or have adventures with mummies and pyramids.

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The Egyptian Cinderella
Written & illustrated by Shirley Climo
Thoughts from The Goodfather
The Egyptian Cinderella does a superb job of introducing young and old readers alike to one of the first Cinderella tales: the story of the Greek slave girl Rhodopis who married the Egyptian Pharaoh Amasis. It's a lengthy tale for a children's book but very well done.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
This Egyptian spin on the classic Cinderella tale was initially recorded in the first century by a Roman historian and is retold here by folklorist Shirley Climo. Poor Rhodopis! She has nothing—no mother or father, and no friends. She is a slave, from the far-off country of Greece. Only the beautiful rose-red slippers her master gives her can make Rhodopis smile. So when a falcon swoops down and snatches one of the slippers away, Rhodopis is heartbroken. For how is she to know that the slipper will land in the lap of the great Pharaoh himself? And who would ever guess that the Pharaoh has promised to find the slipper’s owner and make her queen of all Egypt?
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Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile
Written & illustrated by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Little William Everett Crocodile and his friend Pete take a class trip to a Cairo museum where they encounter a jewel thief.
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The Colors of Ancient Egypt
Written & illustrated by Amy Mullen
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
The yellow belly of a toothy green crocodile. An orange reed boat on the blue Nile. The gold in Nefertiti's headdress. These are just a few of the sweetly simple designs in this board book that will help little ones learn their colors while dipping a toe into the history and culture of ancient Egypt.
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Mystery of the Egyptian Scroll
Written & illustrated by Scott Peters
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12
You, who have dug deep and sifted hard for a story to read, have unearthed an ancient treasure: a mystery from the dusty ages, when a boy could be a hero and fight for the good of all . . . Zet and Kat are in charge, now that their father's off fighting in Pharaoh's army. But times are hard. Sales are dead at their family pottery stall. When Zet learns of a reward to capture a thief, he's determined to win it. At first, the clues seem easy to track. Then he begins to fear things have gone too far. The chase leads them into forbidden temples whispering with the voices of ancient gods, into a web that threatens to crush their family forever. Praise for Scott Peters' books: HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY: Steve Donoghue says: "Peters is such a natural and gifted storyteller" MIDDLE GRADE FICTION FINDER: Laurie Cameron says: "I recommend this historical novel"
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Hieroglyphs
Written by Joyce Milton & illustrated by Charles Micucci
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10
Children can create hieroglypic messages and "works of art" while learning about the pictograms of Ancient Egypt. Full-color illustrations highlight information about the symbols that have been found on mummy cases, scrolls, and tomb walls.
The curse of the cheese pyramid book
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Of numbers and stars book
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Skippy jones and mummy trouble book
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Who Was King Tut? book
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  • The curse of the cheese pyramid - I’m off to Egypt! I climbed onboard a crabby old camel that would take me across the desert to the Great Cheese Pyramid. There, among mummies and hieroglyphics, I would learn the secret of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient Mouse World….

  • Of numbers and stars - B is for Bookworm -

    This book has a great, strong female lead. I love that it talks about her gaining knowledge and doing something out of the ordinary for her time. This story is a little bit longer, but it's a fun "history" book about Hypatia.

  • Skippy jones and mummy trouble - El Skippito is back! His doggy pals want to visit the Under Mundo—the underworld—where mummitos rest in peas. But they need El Skippito’s brains and courage to answer the riddle of the Finx and enter the mummy’s tomb. Our hero is up to the task, and he’s in for another whirlwind adventure.

  • Who Was King Tut? - Highlights the life of the boy pharaoh, describes the process by which his body and his tomb were prepared for the afterlife, and describes the search and excavation of his tomb in 1922.

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Mummies in the Morning
Written by Mary Pope Osborne & illustrated by Sal Murdocca
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9
Jack and his younger sister take a trip in their tree house back to ancient Egypt, where they help a queen's mummy continue her voyage to the Next Life.
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We're Sailing Down the Nile
Written by Laurie Krebs & illustrated by Anne Wilson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Climb aboard the river boat! We re sailing down the Nile. We ll visit Abu Simbel in just a little while.
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Cleopatra VII, Daughter of the Nile
Written & illustrated by Kristiana Gregory
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Written in a diary-style format, this work presents the experiences and feelings of the young queen-to-be while providing informative facts about her homelife, family and royal enviroment. 90,000 first printing.
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Mummy Cat
Written by Marcus Ewert & illustrated by Lisa Brown
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9
"Mummy Cat prowls his pyramid home, longing for his beloved owner. As he roams the tomb, lavish murals above his head display scenes of the cat with his young Egyptian queen. Hidden hieroglyphs deepen the tale and are explained in an informative author'snote"--
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Pharaoh's Boat
Written & illustrated by David L. Weitzman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10
Presents the story of a boat of ancient Egypt that was build in the shadow of the Great Pyramid of Giza by the shipbuilders of their time to serve the pharaoh, Cheops, on his journey through the underworld.
The Shipwrecked Sailor book
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The Egypt Game book
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How the Sphinx Got to the Museum book
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Miriam and Pharoah's Daughter book
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  • The Shipwrecked Sailor - A tale, based on a story found in ancient papyrus scrolls, about a shipwrecked sailor who finds fortune when he is befriended by a serpent that is the Prince of the magical island of Punt.

  • The Egypt Game - This classic 1968 Newbery Honor Book, The Egypt Game, is available in a brand new paperback edition!

  • How the Sphinx Got to the Museum - Recounts the history of how the sphinx of Pharaoh Hatshepsut came to be part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Egyptian collection, from the artifact’s carving in ancient Egypt to its arrival in the hallowed halls of the world-famous museum in New York City.

  • Miriam and Pharoah's Daughter - Tiny Bible Tales, a series of board books, shares the stories of the Bible’s bravest heroes with gentle, rhyming text and gorgeous illustrations. To save baby Moses, Miriam and her mother place him in a basket and set him adrift on the river. As Miriam watches from the reeds, she hopes that someone will find and rescue him. And someone does–Pharaoh’s daughter! This board book combines quiet, rhyming text with simple and colorful art to tell one of the Bible’s most treasured stories.

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T. Rex Time Machine: Dinos in De-Nile
Written & illustrated by Jared Chapman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Two T. Rexes are whisked away by their time machine to ancient Egypt, where King Tut mistakes them for Sobek, god of the Nile. They are treated to glorious feasts and magnificent tours. But when the aliens land—they're in the middle of constructing the pyramids—and expose the supposed gods as mere dinosaurs, everyone's mad. Will the dinosaurs escape? This laugh-out-loud romp through time and space is perfect for storytime, bedtime, read-alouds, and guaranteed giggles!
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Ra the Mighty: The Great Tomb Robbery
Written by A. B. Greenfield & illustrated by Sarah Horne
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10
A smug royal cat turned detective and his dung beetle sidekick are on the case when a precious tomb gets ransacked in the Valley of the Kings. Ra the Mighty adores his duties as Pharaoh's cat: naps by the pool and plenty of snacks. Being lazy is so much fun. But when a royal tomb gets robbed, Ra and his hardworking friend Khepri must team up to restore justice. The clues point to a young boy whom Ra admires. Will the Great Detective play favorites, or will he uncover the truth? Mystery awaits! More than thirty wacky illustrations with fun historical details bring these oddball characters to life, along with a glossary, pronunciation guide, and detailed author's note about ancient Egypt. Fans of Bad Kitty will love Ra's witty voice and arrogant antics. Pair with companion, Ra the Mighty: Cat Detective.
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Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble
Written & illustrated by Judy Schachner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
El Skippito is back! His doggy pals want to visit the Under Mundo—the underworld—where mummitos rest in peas. But they need El Skippito’s brains and courage to answer the riddle of the Finx and enter the mummy’s tomb. Our hero is up to the task, and he’s in for another whirlwind adventure.
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Flight of the Bluebird (the Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters Book 3)
Written by Kara LaReau & illustrated by Jen Hill
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Sisters Jaundice and Kale Bland are flown to Egypt, where they are reunited with their parents, whose real identities they learn, and seek to uncover the mysteries of a magical scarab.
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Julius Zebra: Entangled with the Egyptians!
Written & illustrated by Gary Northfield
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10
Julius Zebra is in ancient Egypt on his third madcap adventure. Will he and his friends make it out alive, or will they all end up entombed in a pyramid forever? After being shipwrecked on the shores of Egypt, Julius Zebra can't believe his luck: he's been mistaken for a Horse God and given the royal treatment. Preened and pampered, Julius and his friends are treated to a lavish party and ferried down the River Nile. But when hapless antelope Felix accidentally stumbles upon the Tomb of Cleopatra, he steals a gem for his rock collection, unknowingly bringing a pharaoh's curse down upon the group. With the Egyptians beginning to realize that Julius is not quite what they thought he was, the zebra gladiator and his friends are soon fighting for their lives in a series of hilarious hijinks.
Violet and the Mummy Mystery book
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The Bill the Cat Story book
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Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh book
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Pyramid book
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  • Violet and the Mummy Mystery - Join amateur Sherlock Holmes, Violet Remy-Robinson as she tries to track down a stolen mummy in this novel that’s part of a delightful detective series that’s perfect for fans of Robin Stevens’s Wells & Wong mysteries!When Violet’s cousin Agnes and her Aunt Mathilde arrive from Cairo, Violet is delighted. Aunt Mathilde is a professor of Ancient Egyptology and has discovered a mummy that may be the key to revealing the secret location of Queen Nefertiti’s tomb. Violet can’t wait to find out more! So when the precious mummy is stolen from the British Museum, it’s a disaster. Who has managed to pull off this crime right under the security guards’ noses and where is the mummy now? It’s up to Violet and the gang to save the day!Beautifully designed and filled with gorgeous two-color illustrations throughout, everyone is bound to fall in love with Violet and the colorful characters that make up her world.

  • The Bill the Cat Story - The Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the hilarious “Bloom County” comic strip is back! To help celebrate, here is the first ever Bloom County picture book, featuring fan-favorite Bill the Cat in an origin story. (Ack ack!) The perfect gift for Bloomers old and new. An Amazon Best Book of the Year and NY Times bestseller! Almost thirty-five years ago Berkeley Breathed launched a little-known yet laugh-inducing comic strip called “Bloom County” that was full of characters who instantly entered the public consciousness–none more so than Opus (the penguin) and Bill the Cat. Bloom County’s popularity soared, it was soon syndicated nationally, had millions of daily readers, and before long its creator was awarded a Pulitzer Prize. Then, nine years later, “Bloom County” sadly came to a close. It had simply ceased being fun for Berkeley Breathed. Now, more than twenty-five years after it ended, “Bloom County” has returned in full force and humor online, with an ever-growing fanbase every bit as zealous as it was in the strip’s heyday. For the comic’s youngest fans, and for those who never stopped wishing for its return, here is an all-new, kid-friendly story for anyone who ever wanted to know the origin story of Bill the Cat. “Bloom County” has never been more fun!

  • Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh - In this fourth book in the series, Theodosia sets off to Egypt to return the Emerald Tablet—embedded with the knowledge of some of the ancient world’s most guarded secrets. Accompanied by her cat, Isis (smuggled along in a basket), Theo plans to return the artifact, then explore the mysteries surrounding her own birth and oh, yes— help her mother dig up treasures on her archeological expedition. But nothing ever works out as planned, especially when a precious treasure appears suddenly, and then just as suddenly disappears . . . When the Serpents of Chaos get involved, Theo finds she’s digging up a lot more than she expected!

  • Pyramid - Through concise text and richly detailed black and white illustrations we come to know the philosophy of life and death in ancient Egypt.

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The Red Pyramid
Written by Rick Riordan
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12
Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane. One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a "research experiment" at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives. Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them--Set--has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe--a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.
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Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos
Written by R. L. LaFevers & illustrated by Yoko Tanaka
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12
Theodosia Throckmorton has her hands full at the Museum of Legends and Antiquities in London. Her father may be head curator, but it is Theo—and only Theo—who is able to see all the black magic and ancient curses that still cling to the artifacts in the museum. When Theo’s mother returns from her latest archaeological dig bearing the Heart of Egypt—a legendary amulet belonging to an ancient tomb—Theo learns that it comes inscribed with a curse so black and vile that it threatens to crumble the British Empire from within and start a war too terrible to imagine. Intent on returning the malevolent artifact to its rightful place, Theo devises a daring plan to put things right. But even with the help of her younger brother, a wily street urchin, and the secret society known as the Brotherhood of the Chosen Keepers, it won’t be easy . . . she quickly finds herself pursued down dark alleys, across an ocean, through the bustling crowds of Cairo, and straight into the heart of an ancient mystery. Theo will have to call upon everything she’s ever learned in order to prevent the rising chaos from destroying her country—and herself!
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The Secret Warning
Written & illustrated by Franklin W. Dixon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Strange events involve Frank and Joe Hardy in a mystery which shrouds an ancient treasure—the golden head of the Pharaoh Rhamaton IV. The owner of the million-dollar golden Pharaoh’s head claims it was aboard the freighter Katawa, which sank not far from Whalebone Island. But suspicious developments indicate that Mehmet Zufar may be trying to defraud the shipping line’s insurance company. Frank and Joe enthusiastically accept the challenge of their famous detective father to assist him in investigating the complex case for Transmarine Underwriters.
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Express Train to Trouble: A Miss Mallard Mystery
Written & illustrated by Robert Quackenbush
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8
When troublesome George Ruddy Duck disappears on the express train to Cairo, Miss Mallard applies her detective genius to find out what happened and save the reputation of the train.
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Museum Mystery Squad and the Case of the Hidden Hieroglyphics
Written by Mike Nicholson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9
Some people think that museums are boring places full of glass cases, dust and stuff no-one cares about: wrong! In a hidden headquarters below the exhibits there's a gang ready to handle dangerous, spooky or just plain weird problems: the Museum Mystery Squad. Techie-genius Nabster, mile-a-minute Kennedy, and sharp-eyed Laurie (along with Colin the hamster!) tackle the surprising conundrums happening at the museum. From moving prehistoric creatures and secret Egyptian code breaking to missing treasure and strange messages from the past, there's no brain-twisting, totally improbable puzzle the Squad can't solve.
Howard and the Mummy book
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  • Howard and the Mummy - A captivating picture book biography about Howard Carter, the discoverer of King Tut’s tomb in 1922. Howard Carter was obsessed with mummies. He met his first when he was a boy in England and lived near a mansion filled with Egyptian artifacts. Howard dreamed of discovering a mummy himself—especially a royal mummy in its tomb, complete with all its treasures. When he was seventeen, he took a job with the Egypt Exploration Fund and was sent to Egypt to learn about archaeology and excavation sites. And his mummy hunt was on! Howard discovered many amazing artifacts, but he searched for years before coming upon the most famous mummy of all, King Tut. With stunning artwork from Boris Kulikov, and an informative and funny text from Tracey Fern, Howard and the Mummy is a true story about the challenges of discovery and the rewards of perseverance.

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