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The Best Children’s Books About Egypt And Egyptian History

“What are the best Children’s books about Egypt ?” We looked at 156 of the top Kids Egypt books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 17 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Kids Egypt ” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 125+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 17 Best Children’s Books About Egypt

17 .) Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharaohs written by Marcia Williams

Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharaohs

Lists It Appears On:

  • Books for Topics
  • Goodreads

The stories of the Egyptian pharaohs and their gods beginning with Ra rising from the waters of the Niles to create the gods of earth, sky, and rain. In this retelling of nine tales, Marcia Williams uses her signature comic-strip style to capture the rich mythology and early history of this great civilization.…

16 .) Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile written by Tomie dePaola

Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bayond The Bookends
  • Nile Scribes

Little William Everett Crocodile and his friend Pete take a class trip to a Cairo museum where they encounter a jewel thief.

15 .) Egyptology: Search for the Tomb of Osiris written by Dugald Steer

Egyptology: Search for the Tomb of Osiris

Lists It Appears On:

  • ARCE
  • Books for Topics

Purports to be the journal of Emily Sands during her travels in Egypt in 1926 to find the lost tomb of Osiris. Based on real Egyptology, each chapter covers a different place in Egypt.

14 .) Fun with Hieroglyphs written by Catharine Roehrig

Fun with Hieroglyphs

Lists It Appears On:

  • ARCE
  • Goodreads

Discover the secrets of hieroglyphs, the language of the ancient Egyptians, with this innovative kit from The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

13 .) If I Were a Kid in Ancient Egypt written by Ken Sheldon

If I Were a Kid in Ancient Egypt

Lists It Appears On:

  • ARCE
  • Books for Topics

If I Were A Kid in Ancient Egypt . . . What games would I play? Would I have a pet? Would I go to school? Kids today share many of the same experiences as kids who lived in the ancient world – even though thousands of years have gone by. If YOU were a kid living in ancient Egypt . . . Would you go to school or gym class? What would you eat for breakfast and dinner? What toys would you play with? What “house rules” would your parents expect you to obey? Where would you hang out with friends? If I Were a Kid in Ancient Egypt offers a fascinating look at the daily life of children growing up many years ago – and how it compares to life today.

12 .) Mummies Made in Egypt written by Aliki

Mummies Made in Egypt

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bayond The Bookends
  • Goodreads

Describes the techniques and the reasons for the use of mummification in ancient Egypt.

11 .) Secrets of a Sun King written by Emma Carroll

Secrets of a Sun King

Lists It Appears On:

  • Books for Topics
  • The School Run

It’s November, 1922. In a valley in Egypt the tomb of a long dead pharaoh is about to be discovered. The world watches and waits for news with baited breath. Thirteen-year-old Lilian Kaye is eagerly following the story. One morning the news takes a sinister turn: a man- a famous Egyptologist- disappears. All that remains of him are his feet. Then Lil’s grandfather is taken suddenly ill, and when a mysterious package turns up for him from the Egyptologist, Lil starts to believe there is truth to the rumours of a pharaoh’s curse.

10 .) Tales of Ancient Egypt written by Roger Lancelyn Green

Tales of Ancient Egypt

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Making Them Readers

Retells twenty stories of magic, adventure, and mythology first told in ancient Egypt.

9 .) The Scarab’s Secret written by Christina Balit

The Scarab’s Secret

Lists It Appears On:

  • Books for Topics
  • The School Run

A tiny scarab beetle saves the Pharaoh from a trap that would have led to his death. Includes facts about ancient Egypt.

8 .) The Shipwrecked Sailor: An Egyptian Tale with Hieroglyphs written by Tamara Bower

The Shipwrecked Sailor: An Egyptian Tale with Hieroglyphs

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Nile Scribes

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.

7 .) We’re Sailing Down the Nile: A Journey Through Egypt written by Laurie Krebs

We're Sailing Down the Nile: A Journey Through Egypt

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Nile Scribes

As the riverboat sails down the Nile River, remnants of Egypt’s long history and aspects of its present culture are revealed on its banks. Includes end notes with additional information about ancient Egyptian culture.

6 .) Flat Stanley: The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery written by Jeff Brown

Flat Stanley: The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery

Lists It Appears On:

  • Books for Topics
  • Making Them Readers
  • The School Run

Asked to travel to Egypt to help with an urgent archaeological expedition, Flat Stanley suspects that he might be helping grave robbers and must rely on his quick thinking, unique flatness, and new friends to make things right.

5 .) Mummies in the Morning (Magic Tree House, #3) written by Mary Pope Osborne

Mummies in the Morning (Magic Tree House, #3)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Bayond The Bookends
  • Goodreads

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.

4 .) Mummy Cat written by Marcus Ewert and Lisa Brown

Mummy Cat

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Bayond The Bookends
  • Goodreads

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’s note

3 .) The Egypt Game (The Game, #1) written by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

The Egypt Game (The Game, #1)

Lists It Appears On:

  • ARCE
  • Bayond The Bookends
  • Goodreads

A group of children, entranced with the study of Egypt, play their own Egypt game, are visited by a secret oracle, become involved in a murder, and befriend the Professor before they move on to new interests, such as Gypsies.

2 .) The Time Travelling Cat And The Egyptian Goddess written by Julia Jarman

The Time Travelling Cat And The Egyptian Goddess

Lists It Appears On:

  • Books for Topics
  • Making Them Readers
  • The School Run

Topher’s cat, Ka, is not always who she seems to be. Sometimes she disappears for days and all that Topher has left by his bedside is a stone carving of a cat. Topher decides to follow her one day and he ends up in Egypt where he finds danger.

1 .) The Egyptian Cinderella written by Shirley Climo

The Egyptian Cinderella

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bayond The Bookends
  • Books for Topics
  • Goodreads
  • Nile Scribes
  • The School Run

In this version of Cinderella set in Egypt in the sixth century B.C., Rhodopes, a slave girl, eventually comes to be chosen by the Pharaoh to be his queen.

The 125+ Additional Best Kids Books About Or Featuring Egypt

18A Puzzling Day in the Land of the Pharaohs – A Search-and-Solve (Gamebook)Scoular AndersonGoodreads
19AïdaLeontyne PriceGoodreads
20Amazing Facts About Ancient EgyptJames PutnamGoodreads
An Egyptian Adventure (The Histronauts)
 Books for Topics
22Ancient EgyptNel YomtovGoodreads
23Ancient EgyptNancy OhlinGoodreads
24Ancient Egypt ARCE
25Ancient Egypt (Ken Jennings’ Junior Genius Guides, #6)Ken JenningsGoodreads
26Ancient Egypt (Ms. Frizzle’s Adventures)Joanna ColeMaking Them Readers
27Ancient Egypt Scratch and Sketch: An Art Activity Book for Inquisitive Archaeologists and Artists of All AgesSuzanne BeilensonGoodreads
28Ancient Egypt: An Interactive History AdventureHeather AdamsonGoodreads
29Ancient Egypt: Start ExploringGeorge HartGoodreads
Ancient Egypt: Treasures, Tombs and Tutankhamen.
31Ancient Egyptian Design Coloring BookEd Sibbett Jr.Goodreads
32Ancient Egyptian FashionsTom TierneyBarnes & Noble
33Ancient EgyptiansJames PutnamGoodreads
34Ancient Egyptians (Kingfisher Readers Level 5)Philip SteeleGoodreads
35Ancient Egypts Wildlife: An AUC Press Nature FoldoutDominique NavarroGoodreads
36Anubis Speaks! A Guide to the Afterlife by the Egyptian God of the DeadVicky Alvear ShecterGoodreads
37Birds of the Nile Valley: An AUC Press Nature FoldoutDominique NavarroGoodreads
38Casting the Gods AdriftGeraldine McCaughreanThe School Run
39Cigars of the Pharaoh (Tintin, #4)HergéGoodreads
40Cleopatra ARCE
41Cleopatra Rules!: The Amazing Life of the Original Teen QueenVicky Alvear ShecterGoodreads
42Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile – 57 B.C. (Royal Diaries #2)Kristiana GregoryGoodreads
43Cleopatra: Queen of EgyptClint TwistGoodreads
Discover Ancient Egypt at the Carnegie.
45EgyptJoyce A. TyldesleyGoodreads
46Egypt Magnified Books for Topics
47Egypt: In Spectacular Cross-sectionStephen BiestyGoodreads
48Egypt’s Flora and Fauna: An AUC Press Nature FoldoutDominique NavarroGoodreads
49Egypt’s Prehistoric Fauna: An AUC Press Nature FoldoutDominique NavarroGoodreads
50Egyptian Diary: The Journal of Nakht, Young ScribeRichard PlattGoodreads
51Egyptian Gods and GoddessesHenry BarkerGoodreads
52Egyptian MythsJacqueline MorleyGoodreads
53Egyptian Things to Make and Do Books for Topics
54EgyptiansStephanie TurnbullGoodreads
55Egyptology (Ologies, #2)Emily SandsGoodreads
56Flash: Dog of Old Egypt ARCE
57Fun facts about EgyptMerrily HomeGoodreads
Gods & Pharaohs from Egyptian Mythology
59Gods and Goddesses of Ancient EgyptJaneen R. AdilGoodreads
60Graphic Mythologies: Egyptian Myths ARCE
Graphic Nonfiction: Cleopatra, The Life of an Egyptian Queen
62HieroglyphsJoyce MiltonGoodreads
63Hieroglyphs for Children ARCE
64Hieroglyphs from A to Z: A Rhyming Book with Ancient Egyptian Stencils for KidsPeter Der ManuelianGoodreads
65Hieroglyphs from a to Z: Memory GamePOMEGRANATEKIDSGoodreads
66His Majesty, QueenHatshepsut ARCE
67History News: The Egyptian NewsScott SteedmanGoodreads
68How Djadja-em-ankh Saved the Day ARCE
69I Am the Mummy Heb-NefertEve BuntingGoodreads
70In the Daily Life of the Ancient EgyptiansHenrietta McCallGoodreads
Into the Mummy’s Tomb: The Real-Life Discovery of TutAnkhAmuns’s Treasure.
72Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald SnakeRob Lloyd JonesGoodreads
73Life in Ancient Egypt: A Coloring Book ARCE
74Meet the Ancient Egyptians Books for Topics
75Ms. Frizzle’s Adventures: Ancient EgyptJoanna ColeGoodreads
76MummiesJoyce MiltonGoodreads
77Mummies and Pyramids (Magic Tree House Research Guide, #3)Will OsborneGoodreads
78Mummies, Pyramids, and Pharaohs: A Book about Ancient EgyptGail GibbonsGoodreads
79MummyJames PutnamGoodreads
80Muti’s Necklace: The Oldest Story in the WorldLouise HawesGoodreads
81My Story: CleopatraKristiana GregoryThe School Run
82Mystery of the Egyptian Mummy (Zet Mystery Case, #4)Scott PetersGoodreads
83Mystery of the Egyptian ScrollScott PetersGoodreads
84Mystery of the Egyptian Scroll (Zet Mystery Case #1)Scott PetersGoodreads
85Mystery of the Egyptian Temple (Zet Mystery Case #3)Scott PetersGoodreads
86Nefertiti of EgyptMary EnglarGoodreads
87On the Banks of the Pharaoh’s Nile ARCE
88One Blue Hippo Nile Scribes
89Peeps at Many Lands: Ancient EgyptJames BaikieGoodreads
90Pharaoh’s BoatDavid L. WeitzmanGoodreads
91Pharaoh’s Daughter: A Novel of Ancient EgyptJulius LesterGoodreads
92Pharaoh’s Fate Books for Topics
93Pharaoh’s Arrow Nile Scribes
94Pocket Explorer: Ancient Egypt and the NileJoyce FilerGoodreads
95Pocket Genius: Ancient EgyptRob Scott ColsonGoodreads
96Pyramid. ARCE
97Pyramids!: 50 Hands-On Activities to Experience Ancient EgyptAvery HartGoodreads
98Return of the Mummy (Goosebumps, #23)R.L. StineGoodreads
99Science in Ancient EgyptGeraldine WoodsGoodreads
100Scott Peters’ Secret Book Of Mummies: 101 Cool Mummy Facts & TriviaScott PetersGoodreads
101Secret Histories: The Ancient EgyptiansImogen GreenbergGoodreads
102Secrets Of The Pyramids: National Geographic Maze AdventuresGraham WhiteGoodreads
103Secrets Of The SphinxJames Cross GiblinGoodreads
104See Inside an Egyptian Town ARCE
105Seeker of Knowledge: The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian HieroglyphsJames RumfordGoodreads
106Senefer: A Young Genius in Old Egypt ARCE
107Skippyjon Jones in Mummy TroubleJudy SchachnerBayond The Bookends
108Sons of the SphinxCheryl CarpinelloGoodreads
109Temple CatAndrew ClementsGoodreads
110The 5,000-Year-Old Puzzle: Solving a Mystery of Ancient EgyptClaudia LoganGoodreads
111The Blue Faience Hippopotamus. ARCE
112The Curse of the Cheese PyramidGeronimo StiltonBayond The Bookends
113The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (Goosebumps, #5)R.L. StineGoodreads
114The Egyptian News ARCE
115The EgyptiansRichard PlattGoodreads
116The Egyptology Handbook: A Course in the Wonders of EgyptEmily SandsGoodreads
117The Eyes of PharaohChris EbochGoodreads
118The Giant Book of the Mummy. ARCE
119The Gift of the RiverEnid LaMonte MeadowcroftGoodreads
120The Gilded Cat ARCE
121The God CatcherScott PetersGoodreads
122The Gods and Goddesses of Ancient EgyptLeonard Everett FisherGoodreads
123The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery (Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures #2)Jeff BrownGoodreads
124The Great Wonder: The Building of the Great PyramidAnnabelle HowardGoodreads
125The Jewel Fish of KarnakGraeme BaseGoodreads
126The Kane Chronicles: The Red PyramidRick RiordanThe School Run
127The Legend of Tutankhamun Books for Topics
128The Mummy Makers of EgyptTamara BowerGoodreads
129The Pharaohs of Ancient EgyptElizabeth PayneGoodreads
130The Plot On The PyramidTerry DearyThe School Run
131The Prince Of Egypt Collector’s Edition StorybookDreamWorksGoodreads
132The Prince Who Knew his Fate ARCE
133The Pyramids Were Built: and Other Questions about EgyptPhilip SteeleGoodreads
134The Red Pyramid Books for Topics
135The Runaway MummyMichael RexBayond The Bookends
136The Scribes of AlexandriaCaroline LawrenceMaking Them Readers
137The Star-Bearer: A Creation Myth from Ancient EgyptDianne HofmeyrGoodreads
138The Story of Tutankhamun Books for Topics
139The Sycamore Warrior. ARCE
140The Tiny Traveler: EgyptMisti KenisonBayond The Bookends
141There’s A Pharoah In Our Bath!Jeremy StrongThe School Run
142TombQuest Book 3: Valley of KingsMichael NorthropBarnes & Noble
143Treasury of Egyptian Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Monsters & MortalsDonna Jo NapoliGoodreads
144Tut, Tut (Time Warp Trio #6)Jon ScieszkaBayond The Bookends
145Unveiling the Kings of IsraelDavid DownGoodreads
146Unwrapping the Pharaohs: How Egyptian Archaeology Confirms the Biblical TimelineJohn F. AshtonGoodreads
Usborne Cut Out Model: Make this Egyptian Temple
148Voices of Ancient EgyptKay WintersGoodreads
149What do we know about the Egyptians? ARCE
150Who was King Tut?Roberta EdwardsBayond The Bookends
151You Can be a Woman Egyptologist ARCE
152You Wouldn’t Want to Be Tutankhamen!: A Mummy Who Really Got Meddled WithDavid StewartGoodreads
153You Wouldn’t Want to be CleopatraJim Pipe and David AntramBarnes & Noble
Zekmet, the Stone Carver: A Tale of Ancient Egypt
155Zet and the Egyptian Amulet Mystery (Zet Mystery #2)Scott PetersGoodreads
156Zet and the Egyptian Mystery Cases (Zet and the Egyptian Mystery Cases #1-3)Scott PetersGoodreads

8 Best Egypt Children’s Book Sources/Lists

ARCE Suggested Books for Children
Barnes & Noble 5 Tut-ally Cool Books About Ancient Egypt
Bayond The Bookends Children’s Books about Egypt for All Ages
Books for Topics Book Lists for Ancient Egypt
Goodreads Ancient Egypt for Kids
Making Them Readers Children’s Fiction Books About Ancient Egypt
Nile Scribes Top 5 Ancient Egypt Books for Kids
The School Run Best kids’ books about Ancient Egypt