Best Children's Books About Egypt

The Top 20 Children's Books About Egypt

Updated Apr. 15, 2019

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.

The Egyptian Cinderella book
#1
The Egyptian Cinderella
Written and illustrated by Shirley Climo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
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.

"Climo has woven this ancient tale, a mixture of fact and myth, with clarity and eloquence. The beauty of the language is set off to perfection by Heller's arresting illustrations. A stunning combination of fluent prose and exquisitely wrought illustrations [that makes] a winner for story hours, as well as a useful resource for the study of Cinderella through the ages." —SLJ. Notable 1989 Children's Trade Books in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)

Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile book
#2
Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile
Written and 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.

Skippy jones and mummy trouble book
#3
Skippy jones and mummy trouble
Written and 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.

Of numbers and stars book
#4
Of numbers and stars
Written by D. Anne Love and illustrated by Pam Paparone
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from 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.

Presents the life of a Egyptian woman who lived in fifth century Alexandria and became a respected scholar in mathematics and philosophy.

How the Sphinx Got to the Museum book
#5
How the Sphinx Got to the Museum
Written and illustrated by Jessie Hartland
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

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.

temple cat book
#6
temple cat
Written by Andrew Clements and illustrated by Kate A Kiesler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Author Biography: Andrew Clements is the author of many books for children, including, for Clarion, BRIGHT CHRISTMAS and WORKSHOP. A full-time writer, he lives in Westborough, Massachusetts. Born in New Hampshire and raised in Vermont, Kate Kiesler began painting at an early age. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and now paints and illustrates full-time. Kate paints with oils, and her rich style has been highly praised. Kate Kiesler has illustrated numerous picture books, including THE GREAT FROG RACE AND OTHER POEMS. She lives in Frisco, Colorado.

The Runaway Mummy book
#7
The Runaway Mummy
Written and illustrated by Michael Rex
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A little mummy who wants to run away from home tells his mother how he will escape, but no matter what horrible creature he claims he will become or where he plans to go, she promises to be there with him, in a humorous parody of Margaret Wise Brown's beloved story, The Runaway Bunny. Reprint.

The Egypt Game book
#8
The Egypt Game
Written by Zilpha Keatley Snyder and illustrated by Alton Raible
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

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

Mummies in the Morning book
#9
Mummies in the Morning
Written by Mary Pope Osborne and 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.

The curse of the cheese pyramid book
#10
The curse of the cheese pyramid
Written by Geronimo Stilton and illustrated by Matt Wolf, Larry Keys
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

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....

The Shipwrecked Sailor book
#11
The Shipwrecked Sailor
Written and illustrated by Tamara Bower
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

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.

Pharaoh's Boat book
#12
Pharaoh's Boat
Written and 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 Colors of Ancient Egypt book
#13
The Colors of Ancient Egypt
Written and 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.

Miriam and Pharoah's Daughter book
#14
Miriam and Pharoah's Daughter
Written by W C Bauers and illustrated by Marta Costa
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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.

Mummy Cat book
#15
Mummy Cat
Written by Marcus Ewert and 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"--

Who Was King Tut? book
#16
Who Was King Tut?
Written by Who HQ, Roberta Edwards and illustrated by True Kelley
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

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.

Cleopatra VII, Daughter of the Nile book
#17
Cleopatra VII, Daughter of the Nile
Written and 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.

Mystery of the Egyptian Scroll book
#18
Mystery of the Egyptian Scroll
Written and 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"

We're Sailing Down the Nile book
#19
We're Sailing Down the Nile
Written by Laurie Krebs and 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.

Hieroglyphs book
#20
Hieroglyphs
Written by Joyce Milton and 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.

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