Children’s Books about Egypt for All Ages

12 Children's Books about Egypt for all ages.

My boys have recently become OBSESSED with all things Egypt. It started with a slight interest this fall when we read a Magic Treehouse book that featured mummies, but it hit full scale this spring when they learned more at school. Then they received a Playmobil pyramid and Sphinx set for their birthdays and full scale Egyptian Fever was born. I can’t wait to take them to the Egypt galleries at Penn Museum this summer when school is out, but for now, I’m indulging them with books on the topic. Here are a dozen fun stories about Egypt and it’s culture that will inspire your child regardless of if they are newborns or pre-teens.

12 Children's Books about Egypt for all ages

Baby/Toddler

The Tiny Traveler: Egypt by Misti KenisonChildren's Books about Egypt

A cute board book that points out the shapes in various iconic Egyptian items like the Sphinx and the Pyramid.

 

4-8

Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble by Judy Schachner

I recently purchased this one and it is quickly becoming a favorite. Skippyjon Jones becomes fascinated with mummies and imagines an adventure to egypt in his closet. When his sisters join him, hilarity ensues.

 

The Egyptian Cinderella and 11 other books about Egypt for children of all agesThe Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo

An interesting look at the Egyptian version of the story we all know. Featuring a ruby red slipper, a bird, a slave and the pharaoh, I found it fascinating to see the differences. The illustrations are beautiful as well and it was nice to see Cinderella outside of her blue gown and glass slippers.

 

Bill and Pete go down the nile and 11 more children's books about Egypt for children of all agesBill and Pete Go Down the Nile by Tomie dePaola

Bill, the crocodile and his “toothbrush” Pete are going on a class trip. They are going to see the Sphinx and pyramids and maybe some sacred jewels. But the Bad Guy comes back and they have to stop him! Cute and fun.

Runaway Mummy and 11 other Children's books about EgyptThe Runaway Mummy by Michael Rex 

An funny story that spoofs the Margaret Wise Brown classic, Runaway Bunny. Instead of a bunny transforming, it features a baby mummy transforming into various monsters. As in the original, the mommy always find a way to catch her little one.

12 children's books about egypt

Mummies Made in Egypt by Aliki

A real take on why mummies were created, how they were created and the tombs that encase them. Straightforward with text and illustrations that inform young children without scaring them.

 

6-9


Mummy Cat by Marcus Ewert

Enchanting graphics tell the story of the mummy cat looking for his lost owner. Inspired by Puff the Magic Dragon, this story also features a relationship between a child and a mythical creature – but this has a happy ending.

 

Tut, Tut (Time Warp Trio #6) by Jon Scieszka

This is a boys book for sure. Within a few pages, the 3 time traveling boys land in an Egyptian pyramid with a priest name Hatsnat- they think his name is Hot Snot, they crack up and get caught. Full of total boy humor this will get your kid learning about Egypt without them even noticing.

 

12 Children's Books about Egypt

Mummies in the Morning by Mary Pope Osbourne

The third book in the magic treehouse series, features Jack and Annie getting stuck in a tomb and relying on a cat to get them out. I read this aloud to my then, 4 year old son and it started his love of the Egyptian culture.

 

8-12

The Curse of the Cheese Pyramid by Geronimo Stilton

The second book in the Geronimo Stilton series finds our hero on a trip to Egypt to learn about camel dung. His travels entertain kids while also teaching them about the Egypt and the Seven Wonders of the Ancient “Mouse” World.

 

Who was King Tut? by Roberta Edwards

This is a work of non fiction but it is still entertaining. Funny antidotes and illustrations are found throughout and the authors are able to explain the intricate workings of an ancient culture, while still making it relatable to kids today.

 

12 children's books about egypt

The Egypt Game by Zilpha Neatly Snyder

This story enchanted me as a young girl. The 6 “egyptians” play in the back lot of an antiques store, dressing up, performing rituals and speaking with Oracles. Then, a murder happens in the area and trouble comes to the lot (there is a happy ending and a sequel about gypsies!)

 

Which of these children’s books about Egypt have you read?

Children's books About Egypt for all ages

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