One of my favourite periods of history is Ancient Egypt. I was so enthralled with it as a child that when I started to travel it was the first place I visited on my own. Now teaching my own children books about the subject are the backbone to our learning. Although non-fiction is great through reading fiction books you can get an idea of what it may have been like to live in a period of time or a specific place. Here’s our reading list we are working through for history on Ancient Egyptian Fiction Books for School Kids.
Ancient Egypt is a huge span of time from 3500BC to around 300AD when the last of the Hieroglyphics were used. During that time there were 30 different Dynasties, plus a cross over with Ancient Greece and Rome.
From Pharos to Pyramids there is so much to learn and explore about this period. It can really spark your child’s imagination and love of history as well. As homeschoolers we love to immerse ourselves in a topic and read around it and explore it in more detail.
Here’s our list of fantastic fiction to read, enjoy and learn a little more about Ancient Egypt.
Fiction Books About Egyptians for School KIds
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We’ve tried to include a variety of books suitable for 6 – 9-year-olds and we hope you enjoy reading them too.
The Egyptian Cinderella
The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo tells the traditional tale of Cinders but set in Ancient Egypt. We read it as not only was it a familiar tale but it also gave an insight into life at the time.
Marcy and The Riddle of the Sphinx
In Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx by Joe Todd-Stanton, Marcy the daughter of a great adventurer (from the previous book by the same author) journeys to Egypt to rescue her father despite her fears and overcome the Sphinx.
The Scarab’s Secret
Now out of print but possible to find second hand The Scarab’s Secret by Nick Would is one that when my eldest studied Ancient Egyptians in school they had in their book basket as well. Telling the story as a folk tale of the little scarab beetle that saved the Pharoh from the bobby trapped tomb. There is also a section about pyramids and tombs in the book which is quite informative.
The Plot on Pyramids
Building the pyramids is hard work especially if you have a horrible boss in the book The Plot on Pyramids by Terry Deary (for 7 – 9-year-olds) the boss is so terrible that he is murdered! In this fun book, you read along as the mystery is solved.
Flat Stanley’s: The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery
One of my daughter’s favourite series I was so happy to see that Flat Stanley had an Egyptian book. In Flat Stanley’s: The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery by Jeff Brown. Flat Stanley is airmailed to Egypt to help an Archaeologist find treasure in the great pyramid but it doesn’t go to plan despite him being so flat that he can get into the pyramid but can he get out?
Fiction Books About Significant Egyptologist For Kids
Both my kids were fascinated by the discoveries and how we know about Ancient Egypt so we found 2 fiction books that told the stories of 2 Egyptologist.
Seeker of Knowledge: The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphs
The first the story of Jean-Francois Champollion who deciphered the Hieroglyphs told in the story of Seeker of Knowledge: The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphs by James Rumford.
Howard and the Mummy: Howard Carter and the Search for King Tut’s Tomb
The other Howard Carter who discovered the tomb of King Tut in the Valley of the Kings as told in the book Howard and the Mummy: Howard Carter and the Search for King Tut’s Tomb by Tracey Fern.
Check out our Ancient Egyptian Craft Video
Want to make some Ancient Egyptian Crafts then check out the video below and go to our full tutorial on how to make an Egyptian Cartouche with Kids.
Ancient Egyptian Fiction for Older Kids
Some of the books we have found my oldest (last year of Primary School) has enjoyed reading along with us. So I’ve included them here as well. Although these are great for older kids, I did use them as read alouds whilst studying Ancient Egypt as a history topic more recently.
Casting the Gods Adrift
In this action-packed thriller Casting the Gods Adrift by Geraldine McCaughrean, you explore a little more of the early life in Ancient Egypt around 1300BC. When the Pharoh calls on an animal dealer to bring him lots of animals you don’t know what will happen especially as the Pharoh wants them for his new religion.
Mystery of the Egyptian Scroll
If you like solving mystery’s then the Kid Detective Zet series of books by Scott Peters are fantastic. All set in Ancient Egyptian times there is a little mystery and a lot of fun. The first in the series is the Mystery of the Egyptian Scroll.
The Red Pyramid: Kane Chronicles
We have been reading the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan recently and were delighted to find that The Kane Chronicles instead of having a Greek Influence have an Ancient Egyptian influence. The Red Pyramid is the first in the series.
More Fiction Books About Ancient Egypt For School Kids
We are still working our way through our list of books and will update above with more that we find that are good, however, I thought we would include those we are looking for below so you have a more complete list too.
Egyptian Picture Books
- Mummy Cat by Marcus Ewert
- Temple Cat by Andrew Clements
- The Little Hippo by Geraldine Elschner
- Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile by Tomie da Paola
- How the Sphinx Got to the Museum by Jessie Hartland
Ancient Egyptian Books for Older Kids
- An Egyptian Adventure (Histronauts) by Frances Durkin
- The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
- The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
- The Eyes of the Pharoh by Chris Eboch
- Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
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