Do your kids love Egyptian mummies as much as mine? There is something about studying ancient Egypt: the pyramids, the pharaohs, hieroglyphics… and of course the mummies!
Here are 2 fantastic children’s books- non-fiction- that showcase and teach about Egyptian mummies in such an engaging format, the adults love them as well!
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First, if you love children’s books, and you have not yet read anything by Aliki, you need to be introduced! Let me present Aliki Liacouras Brandenberg, who mostly publishes under her first name, Aliki. She has written and illustrated many books, both fiction and nonfiction that explain in detail a wide variety of interesting topics such as book-making, fossils, our five senses, and more. My kids and I snuggled on the couch with Mummies Made in Egypt and read the stunning account of how and why Egyptians made mummies, and where they buried them.
It is very straight-forward, clear, and detailed without being morbid or grisly. If your children are too young, but you would like to introduce the subject of Egyptian mummies, the illustrations are valuable in telling your own modified (possibly shortened) version of the mummification process and use of pyramids. I love Aliki as an author, especially of non-fiction children’s books, and this book is an example of her excellence as a writer and illustrator.
Another of my favorite children’s writers is Gail Gibbons, the guru on non-fiction for kids. My kids and I took a month and read at least 30 different books on pyramids and mummies. Her book Mummies, Pyramids, and Pharaohs: A Book About Ancient Egypt, combines the best of the best, beautifully illustrates them in watercolor, and explains the details so clearly that even my 4 year olds were captivated (no small task!). We found that the information had the depth to be very educational, without being verbose and going over the kids’ heads. I highly recommend this book for anyone studying ancient Egypt, ages preschool through elementary school.
If your kids love Egyptian Mummies, you MUST try to Embalm Your Own Egyptian Mummy On-line! So cool!!