Egypt today is - at least - a mixture of Pharaonic, Arab, Muslim, Jewish, Christian/Coptic and Mediterranean influences. Here are books for a general readership, and also for use in the classroom - a great selection to help promote a multicultural world view.



EGYPT - THE PEOPLE (LANDS, PEOPLES, & CULTURES) by Arlene Moscovitch (Crabtree Publishing, Library Binding, 2008)

Beautiful photographs and illustrations help reveal the way of life of the Egyptian people, from the desert-dwelling Bedouins to the Nubians who live along the Nile. Fascinating text compares the daily routines, food, clothing, and celebrations of modern life with ancient times. Topics include: Arabs, Bedouin, Nubians, and Coptic Christians; life in the village, the city, and the desert; family life, school, and traditions; the religion of Islam; sports and pastimes; food, clothing, and the Arabic language; famous Egyptians.

Ages 9-14

NEW April 2010 (new edition) EGYPT: LETTERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD EGYPT: LETTERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD by David Cumming (Cherrytree Books, Paperback, April 2010)

Letters from a penfriend, maps and photos show life in another country - at home in a village or city, a typical school day, leisure pursuits, religious worship, a festival and the working life of the child's parents - all backed up with a fact file and glossary.

The "Letters from Around the World" series includes books on many countries.

MADHI: A CHILD OF EGYPT Muriel Nicolotti, Mango Editions

24 page board book from the Children of the World series

Boushra's Day: From Dawn To Dusk In An Egyptian City BOUSHRA'S DAY: FROM DAWN TO DUSK IN AN EGYPTIAN CITY (A CHILD'S DAY) by Khaled El Dash and Dalia Khattab (Frances Lincoln, Hardcover)

The series A Child's Day, published in association with Oxfam, are photographic information books about the daily lives and experiences of children around the world. This books leads us through Boushra's day - beginning with prayer, before her journey to school through the busy Cairo streets. School includes reciting the holy Quran, a maths lesson and singing the Egyptian national anthem. Back at the apartment, helping her mother prepare the meal, she is looking forward to the weekend at her grandmother's sugar cane farm by the River Nile.

Egyptian Culture:

Specialist Study of Egypt and Culture:  Silent No More: Special Needs People In Egypt Specialist Study of Egypt and Culture: Street Children In Egypt see more specialist books for Egypt: Social Science

Egypt and Culture: Classroom Activities


Egypt is one of the 12 countries represented in this set of 35cm tall child characters each wearing their National Costume, with a nameplate for the represented country.
A 6-page resource guide is included suggesting activities and 3 reproducible international label pages.
(Countries included are: Egypt Saudi Arabia China Kenya Mexico Canada Australia Germany Japan Netherlands Brazil United States of America)

more books for EGYPT: Multi-cultural books

THE THREAD OF THE NILE: Development Issues in Egypt for History and Geography at Key Stage 2

By studying the village of el Beled, children will appreciate the way that Ancient Egypt has influenced life in Egypt today. The four themes of the book are:

  • Egypt - past and present
  • Using the river Nile
  • Farming choices
  • Living in a community

Photographs, guided tours, maps, plans and character sketches support the text. Although targeted specifically at KS2 History and Geography, The 'Thread of the Nile' also makes an excellent cross-curricular resource, particularly for PSHE, citizenship, literacy, numeracy and science.

Produced by 'Teachers in Development Education' (TIDE) (Dec 1996)

'People in the Past: Egypt' series due: Aug 2008
The new School / Library Binding editions of the 'People in the Past: Egypt' series are still not out - so illustrations and links are for earlier editions, for the time being.
(check for new editions)

ANCIENT EGYPTIAN HOMES (People in the Past) by Brenda Williams ANCIENT EGYPTIAN HOMES (People in the Past) by Brenda Williams (Heinemann Library, New ed. 2003)

The 'People in the Past' series takes a topic based approach to the study of an ancient civilisation - with five books, each covering a different aspect of that civilisation. As well as exploring how people lived, Ancient Egyptian Homes helps children to think what our own society has learnt from Ancient Egypt.

The book is particularly useful because it focuses on primary sources for information about people, events and changes in the society Ancient Egypt - backed up with a glossary and index.

The rest of the People in the Past: Egypt series:

Paperback School / Library Binding, 2002     |     School / Library Binding, 2002     |     Hardcover, 2002

Ancient Egyptians And Their Neighbors: An Activity Guide ANCIENT EGYPTIANS AND THEIR NEIGHBORS: AN ACTIVITY GUIDE
by Marian Broida, A Cappella Books (1999)

Fun hands-on projects (using household or easily found materials) help 9-12's to move beyond mummies and pyramids, to connect with the ancient Nubian, Mesopotamian, Hittitie and Egyptian cultures. They will discover ways that these cultures have influenced our own culture.

Library Binding     |     School / Library Binding

Posters, Wallcharts, Pictures and Papyri

POSTER: ANCIENT EGYPT - PYRAMIDS (Early Learning History) Illustrated by Virginia Gray (Schofield & Sims Ltd)

More posters:
Giant Poster Book of Ancient Egypt (Paperback) Ancient Egypt with Poster (Learning Works Museum) Ancient Egypt: Writing by Let's Look (Poster) The Ancient Egyptians (Wall Chart, 2006) Horizon: Life in Ancient Egypt (Poster) Pyramid with Poster (DK Experience) by Peter Chrisp (Hardcover, 2006) Horizon: People of Ancient Egypt by Let's Look (Poster)

and Cultural issues in Egypt

STREET CHILDREN IN EGYPT STREET CHILDREN IN EGYPT by Nashaat Hussein (The American University in Cairo Press, 2005)

This study investigates the basic demographics, the basis of group formation and dynamics, networks of interaction and relations, and the major constituents of the subculture of street children in Egypt.

This book is also featured on the Social Science page.

Also see:

SILENT NO MORE: SPECIAL NEEDS PEOPLE IN EGYPT by Lesley Kitchen Lababidi (The American University in Cairo Press, Hardcover, 2002)

With a foreword by Suzanne Mubarak
Suzanne Mubarak's own book, "Peace, development and women in Egypt" is no longer available.

'Silent No More' is a very positive overview of the care of the disabled and attitudes towards them in Egypt, bout throughout history and today.

Lesley Lababidi charts the changes of the present era by interviewing the disabled and their families, teachers and therapists, directors of government schools, and leaders in nongovernmental organizations. Their stories tell alternately of frustration, commitment, anger, progress, and courage. Most importantly, each person has a message that speaks to the future and the challenges that face Egyptians.

Lesley Lababidi has a B.S. in Recreation from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is the founder of Middle East North Africa Youth Leadership Initiative.

EGYPT (2009) Maye Kassem, Hendrik Jan Kraetzschmar (Routledge, Hardback)

Academic level: Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Professional / Scholarly
A concise and accessible introduction to Egypt - from a social science perspective - covering the formation of the modern Egyptian state, politics, civil society, political economy and foreign policy. The book also considers Egypt's prospects for 'the New Mellenium'.


Ten articles about globalisation and how the stresses of modern life are bringing social and cultural change. Some fascinating biographical pieces are included. The two editors, Cynthia Nelson and Shahnaz Rouse, contribute a study of three women -Doria Shafik, Jahanara Shahnawaz and Hamida Akhtar Hussein - who each attempted to reform their societies. Other contributors document wildly differing careers: Sheikh Moubarak Abdu Fadl (a Nubian-Egyptian communist) and the life story of a midwife, Um Ali - whose much lamented death left pregnant women without their best champion. More abstract articles take on Islam related issues, a discussion of research issues and medical / health issues. Heba El-Kholy studies the 'ayma' - a marriage inventory which gives many Egyptian women a measure of security in their marriages.

NARRATING THE NILE: POLITICS, CULTURES, IDENTITIES by Israel Gershoni and Meir Hatina (Hardcover, Lynne Rienner, 2008)

Fresh perspectives on the politics and cultures of the Nile Valley (Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia) and on the role the river has played in shaping them, using historical studies and broad interdisciplinary discussions.

Narrating The Nile: Politics, Cultures, Identities