Ah, books, my one hold-up from becoming a minimalist. To say the girls and I love books would be an understatement. We are book hoarders. At the beginning of my plans for an Ancient Egypt unit study, I knew books would be the “spine” of my lesson plans. But one book just wouldn’t do. We would need several and different types. Here are the Ancient Egypt books we used and a few we couldn’t get to but looked like they would be great resources.
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Ancient Egypt Books
It all started with this book I found at an Usborne party last year. This book is really quite fantastic. We used it in our ancient Greece unit study, and I know we will be using it again. Written in short bites, the history is easy for children to understand. The pictures, maps, and diagrams are very helpful in visualizing the ancient history. It also has links to the internet for even more resources.
We used the equivalent of this book in our ancient Greece unit study. This book is similar to D’aulaire’s, but with Egyptian gods. The girls are fascinated by mythology. We have studied the Greek gods, Roman gods and now the Egyptian myths. The similarities are interesting as you can see the cultures blending. It’s also curious to see the connections between the Egyptian myths and Biblical narratives.
This is a great book that gives details of history in humorous and sometimes gruesome ways. We’ve read portions of this book before, but we went back and reread the story of King Tut as we were working through this unit study. It’s not necessary to the study, as King Tut is covered in other ways, but this is a great book that you may want to have on hand anyway.
Rick Riordan is one of our favorite authors. We’ve read all the Percy Jackson books and the Heroes of Olympus series. L- even had a Percy Jackson birthday party last year. Obviously, this was the next series we had to read. Though these books aren’t strictly ancient Egypt books, they are great fictionalizations of the Egyptian gods. Fun for any mythology fans at your house.
This is another book I found at an Usborne party. I really enjoy Usborne books. If you know someone who sells them, I recommend them for your homeschool. They are always great quality.
I can’t even begin to explain what the attraction is to this book, but my girls absolutely love it. They beg to work through it. It must be the fascination with stickers. I guess I have sheltered them from the world of stickers. Whatever the reason, this book has been a hit. And, I am so glad I bought one for each girl. I can only imagine the drama if they had to share.
Ancient Egypt Lapbooks
We used the King Tut Express Lapbook from A Journey Through Learning during our unit study. I like A Journey Through Learning’s lapbooks because they are well laid out and easy for the teacher to use. This was a quick lapbook that we did in one day. Usually, we use the longer lapbooks. The authors include writings about each lapbook element. Simply print out and use.
Here are some other lapbooks that I would recommend. We weren’t able to use them in our study, but they are great resources.
What are your favorite ancient Egypt books or lapbooks? Join me tomorrow in the How To Teach Ancient Egyptian History in a Way Your Kids Will Love where will we start to add a little pixie dust to our unit study. Subscribe below so you won’t miss any posts.