EGYPT FOR CHILDREN: BOOKS - GAMES - TOYS

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EGYPT: NEW BOOKS FOR CHILDREN

DIEGO'S EGYPTIAN EXPEDITION (GO DIEGO GO) by Emily Sollinger, illustrated by Warner McGee (Simon & Schuster: Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon)

Diego is in Egypt - far away from the rainforest - learning about very special animals that live in the desert. 3 - 7 year olds will enjoy joining Diego and his new friend Medina as they cross the desert, find the Great Pyramids, and save the camels.

Also in a School / Library Binding
(more School / Library titles on the eductation pages)

VISIT EGYPT! Age 8-9, Above Average Readers (White Wolves Non Fiction) by Jill A. Laidlaw (A & C Black Publishers, 2009)

'White Wolves' (a series of challenging readers for 'Above Average Readers') have some excellent titles about Egypt, with paperback and hardback editions both released in 2009. Scroll down for details.

TERRIBLE TOMB OF TUTHANKHAMUN POP-UP ADVENTURE by Terry Deary (Horrible Histories, 2008)

(scroll down to the 'Horrible Histories' section for more details)

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THE SCRIBES FROM ALEXANDRIA, by Caroline Lawrence, 2008 THE SCRIBES FROM ALEXANDRIA by Caroline Lawrence (Orion Childrens, 2008)

Also available as:

Audio CD (2008) | Hardback (2008) | Paperback (2008)
A wonderful mystery adventure for 8 - 12s which starts in Romano-Egyptian Alexandria - site of the great lighthouse, the Library and the tomb of Alexander the Great - and leads the child detectives down the river Nile to pyramids and sphinxes, temples and tombs, crocodiles and hippos. Can they solve the codes, riddles, anagrams and hieroglyphics? And how will the journey end - with treasure - or death?

TERRY DEARY SERIES: "EGYPTIAN TALES"

THE GOLD IN THE GRAVE (Egyptian Tales) by Terry Deary

THE MAGIC AND THE MUMMY (Egyptian Tales) by Terry Deary

THE PLOT ON THE PYRAMID (Egyptian Tales) by Terry Deary

THE PHANTOM AND THE FISHERMAN (Egyptian Tales) by Terry Deary (A & C Black Publishers Ltd )

Menes is earning extra money for his poor family as he trains to be a scribe in the local temple. But when he starts writing a prayer to get rid of rich old Maiarch's family ghost, he gets drawn into something which calls for ingenious detective work more than scribing ability. What if the ghost is actually more human than supernatural? It's vital that Menes somehow manages to find out the truth.

GRAPHIC NOVELS

Graphic novel set in Egypt: BLAKE & MORTIMER: THE MYSTERY OF THE GREAT PYRAMID PART 2 (Adventures of Blake and Mortimer) BLAKE & MORTIMER: THE MYSTERY OF THE GREAT PYRAMID PART 2 (Adventures of Blake & Mortimer) by Edgar P. Jacobs (Cinebook 2008)

The Adventures of Blake & Mortimer are adventure stories in Graphic Novel format. They are atmospheric, carefully thought through and satisfyingly detailed. 'The Mystery of the Great Pyramid' is police procedural drama mixed with supernatural themes.

PYRAMID PERIL VOLUME 1 (Z Graphic Novels) by Adi Darda Gaudiamo, Ben Avery, and Bud Rogers (Zondervan, 2007)

Laurel is abducted - by cyborg insects. Worse - she's turned into one and is whisked back to ancient Egypt. When she's attacked by the monstrous Darchon, it seems that she needs the 'TimeFlyz' as much as they need her, in the battle with an evil, time-traveling super spider.
An exciting graphic novel for ages 9-12.

JUNIOR FICTION

PEPI AND THE SECRET NAMES by Jill Paton Walsh

When Pepi discovers that his artist father has to paint a lion from memory on the walls of a Prince's Tomb, he decides to help. The adventure and mystery start when he challenges a lion at the desert's edge. Readers are involved in deciphering the secret names from hieroglyphs - great fun and beautifully illustrated.

THE EGYPT GAME by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Six kids - wildly different from each other - discover wasteland by the local 'antique' shop. It's just the place to re-create ancient Egypt, complete with statuary and hieroglyphics. Then they decide to perform the rites and rituals, and things get dangerous.

BILL AND PETE GO DOWN THE NILE by Tomie dePaola

THE SCARAB'S SECRET by Nick Would

I AM THE MUMMY HEB-NEFERT by Eve Bunting

'THE NILE FILES' 2-IN-1: THE SCRUNCHY SCARAB / THE MISSING MUMMY by Philip Wooderson (Franklin Watts, 2008)

SCRUNCHY SCARAB: The town of Feruka is having a big celebration, but all Dad has to sell are some dried-up figs and a few old flasks of oil. Fortunately Ptoni finds a lucky scarab beetle, so perhaps things will change...
THE MISSING MUMMY: Dad goes to collect some wine he is owed by Slosh, the merchant. But poor Slosh has died, and someone has stolen his mummy. Its up to Ptoni to find it, and to claim the wine.

more NILE FILES

THE CAT OF BUBASTES (Adventure) by G. A. Henty

I, CROCODILE

A great story (if you like antropomorphic stories) by a renowned children's illustrator turned fiction writer. Napoleon invades Egypt and captures Crocodile to send to Paris as a trophy. The great creature joins the social whirl, becoming the toast of society - until the French chefs start to wonder what crocodile-pie would taste like . . .

Note of caution:
Crocodile describes - in detail - his favorite meals (animals and people).

TALES OF ANCIENT EGYPT (Puffin Classics)

MIU AND THE PHARAOH, children's book set in Egypt MIU AND THE PHARAOH by Sally Wallace-Jones

It isn't easy being a pharaoh! But the cat Miu helps the pharaoh discover something about himself - something very useful. Suddenly Miu is a 'palace cat' - and more mysteries are waiting to be solved inside the palace. The hidden hieroglyph messages buried throughout the story add an extra fun element (with the solution revealed at the end).

EYE OF THE MOON by Dianne Hofmeyr

A thrilling novel for young readers - boys and girls - with crocodiles, gruesome details in the embalming room scenes, and finally the relief of a great escape!

TUTANKHAMUN'S ARROW (Collins Red Storybooks) by Karen Wallace

The twins find an arrow in a junk shop - and mysteriously find themselves in Ancient Egypt, watching the funeral of King Tutankhamun. But then they have to find their way back to the future, by discovering what is hidden in the pictures in the tomb - and with the help of a black cat.

THE CAT'S MEOW by Adam Beechen and Robert Roper (Simon & Schuster, Wild Thornberry's)

Meeting a royal cat on their holiday in Egypt, Eliza and Darwin the children need to enter an ancient pyramid to hunt for a spooky tomb and help the cat claim her heritage and get home. Will they make it past the tomb's guard - or its ghosts?

DETECTIVE ZACK: SECRETS IN THE SAND by Jerry D. Thomas (David C. Cook)

This book is also published under the title:
DETECTIVE ZACK AND THE RED HAT MYSTERY (Pacific Press Publishing Association)
and in a SCHOOL / LIBRARY BINDING from Topeka Bindery

Living in goat-haired tents and riding knobby-kneed camels, Zack and his dad attempt to solve new mysteries while helping Dr. Doone film a video about archeology and famous people of the Bible. Zack and Achmed, the son of their Middle Eastern guide, camp on the shores of the Dead Sea, dodge deadly snakes and ride camel taxis along the same desert highways the Old Testament heroes - but even as evidence to support the Bible stories grows, so do the questions.

Who built the Sphinx?

Did fire really fall from heaven and destroy Sodom?

And what about the man with the red hat?

FUNNY BOOKS ABOUT KING TUT

FUNNY BOOKS ABOUT KING TUT at Amazon

TUT, TUT (Time Warp Trio) by Jon Scieszka

The Time Warp trio heads for Ancient Egypt - Fred is tantalized by the treasure of King Tut; Sam thinks it would be awful to be a mummy, and Joe wants the Sphinx to do the work on his History worksheet. The trio end up in a hilarious hieroglyphic tangle. Fun for all ages!

JON SCIESZKA at Amazon

TIME WARP TRIO at Amazon

YOU WOULDN'T WANT TO BE AN EGYPTIAN MUMMY! DISGUSTING THINGS YOU'D RATHER NOT KNOW by David Stewart

Primary age children often have a definate love of the gruesome . . .

More in the "You Wouldn't Want To Be . . ." series:
You Wouldn't Want to Be Tutankhamen! A Mummy Who Really Got Meddled With You Wouldn't Want to Be a Pyramid Builder! A Hazardous Job You'd Rather Not Have You Wouldn't Want to Be Cleopatra! An Egyptian Ruler You'd Rather Not Be

RIDDLE OF THE NILE by Deborah Nash (Frances Lincoln Childrens Books, 2006)

To become King of the Nile, Baby Crocodile must solve a baffling riddle. Ancient myths and modern mosques to the Great Sphinx, the New Library of Alexandria and some other amazing sights giving young readers a fascinating 'crocodile's-eye view' of Egypt. There's a game for children to make and play, a map of the Nile and 'notes' - and to round it off the illustrations are wonderful collages, inspired by Egyptian art.

Children's book about Egypt: 'THE 5000 YEAR OLD PUZZLE' THE 5000 YEAR OLD PUZZLE by Claudia Logan and Melissa Sweet

This great book poses as a journal written in 1924 - two years after the discovery of King Tut's tomb - and is livened up with funny postcards and quirky cartoons. and it's your opportunity to Join Will Hunt, searching out the ancient unsolved mystery of a hidden tomb. IIt's as if you are on an archaeological team - led by world-famous Egyptologist Dr. George Reisner.

Investigate the gorgeous paintings of the pyramids, sidebars of information and inventive collages, (including authentic documents and archival photographs) for clues to big questions: Whose tomb is this? Why was it hidden? And how can a mummy be missing from a sealed tomb? Get a feel for the process of archaeology - and for the true stories behind museum treasures.

("The 5000 Year Old Puzzle" is based on actual records of Reisner's history-making dig, Giza 7000X)

Note: If you like puzzles and games, don't miss our page of puzzzles, games and ages


WE'RE SAILING DOWN THE NILE: A JOURNEY THROUGH EGYPT (Travel the World)

"Climb aboard the river boat! We're sailing down the Nile. We'll be in [the next destination] in just a little while" is a repeated refrain in this lovely story of a group of children sailing north from Abu Simbel up to Cairo. They visit the temples at Abu Simbel, Aswan, Kitchener's Island, the Valley of the Kings, Al-Faiyum Oasis, Cairo and the Cairo Museum, before arriving at the Pyramids of Giza.

The presentation (a colourful blend of modern and ancient Egypt in a fun rhyming story - and good layout) is accessible for young children, but the educational content targets children up to 10 yrs - they should become Egypt experts in no time! Learn about a god or goddess on each page, and use the extra educational sections to learn about different periods of ancient Egyptian history, life in ancient Egypt, the role of the Nile in Egyptian life, mummies, tombs and hieroglyphs. Another great Barefoot Books title.

GERONIMO STILTON SERIES

The Mummy With No Name (Geronimo Stilton) THE MUMMY WITH NO NAME by Geronimo Stilton (Scholastic, reprint 2006)

It was a dream come true - I was off to Egypt to interview an famous archaeologist! I climbed on board a crabby old camel that would take me across the desert to the Cheese Pyramid. There, among mummies and hieroglyphics, I would learn the secret of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient Mouse World . . .


"CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE" BOOKS

"THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS "CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE"

"Choose Your Own Adventure" Books at Amazon



YOUNG ADULT FICTION

SHADOW HAWK by Andre Norton

When Rahotep (Shadow Hawk) intercepts a message from the Pharaoh in Thebes, he decides to travel north with a group of archers to serve his pharaoh, Sekenenre. His job in the court is decidedly unexciting - until he becomes entangled in the complications of court life, scheming temple priests and the treacherous plots of murderers. Escape is essential once he has been framed for the attempted murder of the Pharaoh - but he overhears another secret plot. Should he act - or just run? Amidst dangerous undercover missions, daring military campaigns and bloody battles, Shadow Hawk learns to make complicated moral choices and to unravel the insidiously evil mixture of truth and lies.

CASTING THE GODS ADRIFT (Flashbacks) by Geraldine McCaughrean

Two brothers - one of them going blind - are helping their father keep his business going. He always provided animals for the temples of the many gods - but the new pharaoh, Akhenaten, has outlawed all the gods except Aten. The royal command to bring the pharaoh animals - lots of animals - for his new capital city, should be good news. The family desperately need the work. But the pharaoh's strange new religion has changed everything. The court of the new pharaoh turns out to be a very dangerous place indeed. A good thriller.

GOLDEN GOBLET, by Eloise Mc Graw

EGYPTIAN DIARY: THE JOURNAL OF NAKHT, by Richard Platt

ORPHAN OF THE SUN by Gill Harvey

When thirteen year old Meryt-Re discovers that her uncle wants her to marry off to a stonecutter, she take matters into her own hands, and seeks out the goddess Hathor. A novel to read before you visit Deir el Medina!

The Finest Pharaoh of All THE FINEST PHARAOH OF ALL! by Stewart Ross and Susan Shields

The story of the female pharaoh, Hatshepsut.

SONGBIRD OF THE NILE: THE DIARY OF MIRIAMS BEST FRIEND (Promised Land Diaries) by Anne Tyra Adams

MARA, DAUGHTER OF THE NILE by Eloise Jarvis McGraw


More titles for young adults:

PHARAOH'S DAUGHTER, by Julius Lester TUT: THE STORY OF THE PHARAOH AND THE GIRL WHO LOVED HIM, by Robin Martin Berard

FICTION SET IN EGYPT (YOUNG ADULT) at Amazon

EGYPT: READERS

The unusual range of "White Wolves" means that there are excellent quality books on curriculum related topics which are designed to appeal to children of all reading abilities - and rouse their interest in geography, history and science topics.

QUICK EXPERT: ANCIENT EGYPT: Age 8-9, Below Average Readers (White Wolves Non Fiction) by Jill A. Laidlaw (A & C Black Publishers, 2009)

A fresh, high-interest look at a core history topics - fantastically illustrated with colour photographs and graphics.

The paperback edition is now available too.

VISIT EGYPT! Age 8-9, Above Average Readers (White Wolves Non Fiction) by Jill A. Laidlaw (A & C Black Publishers, 2009)

A more challenging read in a guidebook style, designed to hold the interest of above average readers

The paperback edition is now available too. VISIT EGYPT! Age 8-9, Above Average Readers (White Wolves Non Fiction) paperback edition

For more readers and other books for education don't miss the education section

EGYPT POP-UP BOOKS / POP-UP BOARD GAMES

MUMMY MYSTERIES: THE SECRET WORLD OF TUTANKHAMUN AND THE PHARAOHS with Pop-up pyramids - Hieroglyph decoder - Mummy mask by Joyce A. Tyldesley

Travel to the deep, dark tombs of the pharaohs to uncover mummies, spells and treasure. Unravel the secret ritual of mummification and the identity of the mysterious boy-king Tutankhamun. Explore the wonders of pyramid building, eerie animal-headed deities and cryptic hieroglyphic writing.

A good introduction to life and, more particularly, death in ancient Egypt, copiously illustrated. Special features bring the text vividly to life. Academically accurate, yet easy to read and understand.

EGYPT: A MAGICAL 3-DIMENSIONAL ANCIENT WORLD (STEP INSIDE) by Ronne Randall and Brian Palmer (Hardcover, 2008)

THE ANCIENT EGYPT POP-UP BOOK by James Putnam

THE BOOK OF EGYPTIAN POP-UP BOARD GAMES by Virginia Gray

EGYPT POP-UP BOOKS at Amazon

ANCIENT EGYPT / EGYPTOLOGY

EGYPTOLOGY: SEARCH FOR THE TOMB OF OSIRIS

Fabulous fictional scrapbook of an expedition to find the lost tomb of Osiris. A captivating experience, from the front cover (decorated with a glowing jeweled amulet) to the final page. Secrets awaiting discovery inside include fold-out maps, postcards, drawings and photographs, ticket stubs, mummy cloth and a scrap of papyrus. A great introduction to the fascinating subject of egyptology for children and adults alike.

TUT'S MUMMY: LOST . . . AND FOUND (Step Into Reading: A Step 4 Book)

A surprising early reader about the death and burial of an ancient Pharaoh and his discovery in the 20th Century by Lord Carrington. Chock full of photos and beautiful, almost impressionistic illustrations. Large print, easy to read. Older children will enjoy it too!

THE BRITISH MUSEUM POCKET TIMELINE OF ANCIENT EGYPT

A short history of ancient Egypt, displayed as a pull-out timeline more than five feet long.

INSIDE THE TOMB OF TUTANKHAMUN

ANCIENT EGYPT (Eyewitness Guide) with free clipart CD, wall chart and linked website.

EGYPTIANS (Usborne Beginners) Hardback   |   Paperback

THE BRITISH MUSEUM POCKET DICTIONARY OF PHARAOHS AND QUEENS (British Museum Pocket Dictionaries)

ANCIENT EGYPT (ULTIMATE STICKER BOOKS) by DK Publishing

EGYPT IN SPECTACULAR CROSS-SECTION by Stewart Ross, illustrated by Stephen Biesty (Oxford University Press)

Master illustrator Stephen Biesty's beautifully constructed, technologically advanced illustrations are teeming with life.

The section on Egypt takes us on a journey journey down the Nile with 11-year-old Dedia, his father and a couple of troublesome relations (during the reign of the great god-king Rameses II), we will see spectacular sights:

  • Hidden secrets of the Valley of the Kings
  • Amun-Ra's magnificent temple at Karnak (Luxor)
  • A mummy being prepared - and an Egyptian funeral
  • The pyramids and Sphinx of Giza
  • The ancient Step Pyramid at Saqqara
  • Rameses's spectacular palace at Piramesse

It's a real exploration, with cross-sections, cut-aways and explosions to investigate - and authoritative annotations, lists and explanations to satisfy our curiosity.

EGYPT IN SPECTACULAR CROSS-SECTION STEPHEN BIESTY'S ANCIENT WORLD: EGYPT, ROME, GREECE IN SPECTACULAR CROSS-SECTION by Stephen Biesty (Hardcover)

This book covers the ancienet world, including the Egypt book (reviewed above)

  • Egypt (includes the book reviewed above)
  • Rome - Colosseum, Forum, Baths and chariot racing at the Circus Maximus)
  • Greece - Athenian warships at the sacred island of Delos, the rich silver mines of Laurion, the Acropolis and the sacred oracle at Delphi) are also featured.

SPECTACULAR CROSS SECTION - OTHER EDITIONS at Amazon

MUMMY (Eyewitness Guide)

EYEWITNESS GUIDES at Amazon
JUNIOR BOOKS ABOUT ANCIENT EGYPT at Amazon
more from THE BRITISH MUSEUM at Amazon

HORRIBLE HISTORIES

TERRIBLE TOMB OF TUTHANKHAMUN POP-UP ADVENTURE - Horrible Histories by Terry Deary and Martin Brown

A spectacular 3D awesome Egyptian adventure!

Prepare to be amazed as the nasty bits are revealed in the 'pops' and 'pull-outs' as you track master-thief Antef and his crew of criminals through three action-packed rooms. Your mission: to foil them as they attempt to pull off the biggest tomb-robbery of all time - to empty Tut's tomb of its finest treasures!

Complete with a host of 'press out and play' characters.

THE AWESOME EGYPTIANS (Horrible Histories)

AWESOME EGYPTIANS ACTIVITY BOOK (Horrible Histories)

AWFUL EGYPTIANS (Horrible Histories)
A welcome follow-up to the first Egyptian book in the Horrible History series...

THE AWFUL EGYPTIANS ACTION PACK (Horrible Histories Action Packs)
... and a great activity book to go with it!

Other Horrible Histories:

see ALL HORRIBLE HISTORIES at Amazon

ACTIVITY BOOKS

Don't miss our Traditional Egypt special feature: "EGYPT: ACTIVITY / CRAFT FOR KIDS"

SPECIAL FEATURE at Traditional Egypt - EGYPT: ACTIVITY / CRAFT FOR KIDS


MORE EGYPT-RELATED BOOKS FOR CHILDREN OF VARIOUS AGES

FICTION SET IN EGYPT (9 - 12 yrs) at Amazon
FICTION SET IN EGYPT (4 - 8 yrs) at Amazon
PUFFIN BOOKS ABOUT EGYPT at Amazon EGYPT ACTIVITY BOOKS at Amazon
EGYPT CRAFT BOOKS at Amazon

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