How many of the following books do you need to check out? We usually check out as many as will fit into a big backpack sometimes more! The following suggested library books will give a good general overview of Ancient Egypt its history and culture, deserts, additional science experiments and art activities. They are SECULAR in nature and must be previewed by a parent! I recommend that you read these books aloud with your children, so you will know exactly what they have read. The religion of Ancient Egypt is stressed more in some than in others, and they may include parts that some may find objectionable. However, it is a GREAT way to teach your child what a wonderful and personal God we serve use it to teach discernment! Check out many of these books if they are available especially if there is a wide age span between your children! You will also want as many as possible for your children to choose from for personal reading time. Just a note about �age-appropriate� materials - just because your children are older does not mean that they do not like to read books for �younger� children. Just because your children are younger does not mean that they won�t also enjoy and benefit from books for �older� children! How would you like it if someone told you that you could not look at attractive books filled with interesting facts and detailed pictures just because you were too old! PLEASE choose a wide variety of books and let your children ENJOY reading and learning! If you are unable to locate one of the listed books and you do not want to purchase books, please substitute another of your choice! The purpose of this list is to help you get started by offering suggestions.
I want to make sure that you understand how a unit study works. It is not like a textbook, wherein you finish a required number of pages and you take a test and then are �finished� with a particular topic. In this approach, when one book is finished, you start another one no two books are identical and you will not only be acquiring new information as you read each additional book, but you will also be reviewing what you already know about the topic! The goal is to read as much as possible about a designated topic until the very end of the unit or longer, which is something we want to teach our children that learning never stops!
Books about Ancient Egypt
Allan, Tony. Time Traveller Book of Pharaohs and Pyramids. London, England: Usborne Publishing Ltd., 1977.
Allard, Denise. The Egyptians. Milwaukee: Gareth Stevens Publishing, 1997.
Chapman, Gillian. The Egyptians. Des Plaines, IL: Heinemann Interactive Library, 1997.
Coote, Roger. The Egyptians. New York: Thomson Learning, 1993.
David, A. Rosalie. The Egyptian Kingdoms. New York: Peter Bedrick Books, 1988.
Harris, Geraldine. Cultural Atlas for Young People Ancient Egypt. New York: Facts on File, 1990.
Hart, George. Ancient Egypt (An Eyewitness Book). Alfred A. Knopf, 1990.
Hart, George. Exploring the Past Ancient Egypt. San Diego: Gulliver Books, 1988.
Haslam, Andrew and Alexandra Parsons. Ancient Egypt. New York: Thomson Learning, 1995.
Hodge, Susie. Ancient Egyptian Art. Des Plaines, IL: Heinemann Interactive Library, 1988.
Green, Robert. Tutankhamun. New York: Franklin Watts, 1996.
James, John and Louise. How We Know About the Egyptians. New York: Peter Bedrick Books, 1997.
Malam, John. Exploring Ancient Egypt. London, England: Evans Brothers Limited, 1997
McNeill, Sarah. Ancient Egyptian People. Brookfield, CT: The Millbrook Press, 1996.
McNeill, Sarah. Ancient Egyptian Places. Brookfield, CT: The Millbrook Press, 1996.
Millard, Anne. The Egyptians. London, England: MacDonald Educational, 1975.
Morley, Jacqueline. First Facts About the Ancient Egyptians. New York: Peter Bedrick Books.
Payne, Elizabeth. The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. New York: Random House, 1964.
Rees, Rosemary. The Ancient Egyptians. Crystal Lake, IL: Heinemann Library, 1997.
Robinson, Jr., Charles Alexander. The First Book of Ancient Egypt. New York: Franklin Watts, 1961.
Steed, Miriam. Egyptian Life. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1986.
Steedman, Scott. Egyptian Town. Danbury, CT: Franklin Watts, MCMXCVII
Terzi, Marinella. The Land of the Pharaohs. Chicago: Children�s Press, 1992.
Van Duyn, Janet. The Egyptians: Pharaohs and Craftsmen. McGraw Hill Book Company.
Books about Deserts
Baker, Lucy. Life in the Deserts. New York: Scholastic Inc., 1990.
Flanagan, Alice K. Desert Birds. (A New True Book). Chicago: Children�s Press, 1996.
Garcia, Eulalia. Camels. Milwaukee: Gareth Stevens Publishing, 1996.
Gardner, Robert. Science Project Ideas About the Sun. Springfield, NJ: Enslow Publishers, 1997.
George, Michael. Deserts. Mankato, MN: Creative Education, 1992.
Gibbons, Gail. Deserts. New York: Holiday House, 1996.
KIDS DISCOVER. Magazine. Deserts February 1993.
KIDS DISCOVER. Magazine. Rivers December 1993.
Landau, Elaine. Desert Mammals. Chicago: Children�s Press, 1996.
Larson, Peggy. Life in the Desert. Chicago: Children�s Press, 1967.
Posell, Elsa. Deserts. (A New True Book). Chicago: Children�s Press, 1982.
Rinard, Judith E. Wonders of the Desert World. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 1976.
Sabin, Louise. Wonders of the Desert. Mahwah, NJ: Troll Associates, 1982.
Sayre, April Pulley. Desert. New York: Twenty-First Century Books, 1994.
Starker, Leopold A. The Desert. New York: Time Inc.(Time Life Books Young Reader�s Ed.), 1970.
Steele, Philip. Deserts. Oxford, England: Heinemann Children�s Reference, 1990.
Vogelgesang, Jennifer. Discover Deserts. Lincolnwood, IL: Publications International, LTD., 1992.
Wilkes, Angela. Deserts. Usborne Publishing Ltd. 1980.
Optional Books on Related Topics
Ames, Lee J. Draw 50 Buildings and Other Structures. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1988.
Bendick, Jean. Egyptian Tombs. New York: Franklin Watts, 1989.
Brandenberg, Aliki. Mummies Made in Egypt. San Francisco: Harper Trophy, 1979.
Clare, John D. Pryamids of Ancient Egypt. San Diego: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1992.
Coatsworth, Elizabeth. Bess and the Sphinx. New York: Macmillan, 1967.
Cobb, Vicki. Why Doesn�t the Sun Burn Out? Lodestar Books, 1990.
Donnelly, Judy. Tut�s Mummy - Lost . . . and Found. New York: Random House, 1988.
Glubok, Shirley. The Art of Ancient Egypt. New York: Atheneum, 1962.
Hart, Avery and Paul Mantell. Pyramids! Charlotte, VT: Williamson Publishing, 1997.
Hope, Laura Lee. Mystery of the Missing Mummy. New York: Pocket Books, 1989.
Jessop, Joanne. The X-Ray Picture Book of Big Buildings of the Ancient World. New York: Franklin Watts, 1993.
KIDS DISCOVER. Magazine. Buried Treasure June/July 1994.
KIDS DISCOVER. Magazine. Pyramids Premiere Issue.
Macaulay, David. Pyramid. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1975.
Macaulay, David. The Way Things Work. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1988.
Mann, Elizabeth. The Great Pyramid. New York: Mikaya Press, 1996.
Martell, Hazel. The Kingfisher Book of the Ancient World. New York: Kingfisher, 1995.
McGregor, Miss Pickerell Goes on a Dig. New York: McGraw Hill, 1966.
Millard, Anne. Pyramids. New York: Kingfisher, 1996.
Milton, Joyce. Secrets of the Mummies. Random House, 1984.
Morley, Jacqueline. An Egyptian Pyramid. New York: Peter Bedrick Books, 1991.
Perl, Lila. Mummies, Tombs, and Treasures. Clarion Books, 1987.
Putnam, James. Mummy. New York: A.A. Knopf, 1993.
Reeves, Nicholas. Into the Mummies Tomb. Toronto, Ontario: Madison Press Books, 1992.
Stanley, Diane. Cleopatra. New York: William Morrow & Co., Inc., 1994.
Stuart, Gene S. Secrets from the Past. National Geographic Society.
Wood, Tim. Ancient Wonders. New York: Penguin Books, 1997.
The following books are from the adult section of the library. There are some EXCELLENT books for older children as well as some oversize ones with OUTSTANDING pictures of Ancient Egypt and Egypt today. Again, you will have to use parental discretion. Two in particular are:
Grosvenor, Gilbert M. Ancient Egypt. Washington D.C.: National Geographic, 1978. (Oversize)
Newby, P.H. (Text), and Fred J. Maroon (Photographs). The Egypt Story. New York: American Heritage Publishing. (Oversize)
Books about Passover
Adler, David A. A Picture Book of Passover. New York: Holiday House, 1982.
Drucker, Malka. Passover, a Season of Freedom. New York: Holiday House, 1981.
Fishman, Cathy Goldberg. On Passover. New York: Atheneum Books, 1997.
Galbreath, Naomi. The Story of Passover for Children. Chicago: Children�s Press, 1984.
Manushkin, Fran. Miriam�s Cup. New York: Scholastic Press, 1998.
Newman, Leslie. Matzo Ball Moon. New York: Clarion Books, 1998.
Sherman, Ori. The Four Questions. New York: Dial Books, 1989.
Simon, Norma. Passover. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1965.
Hanukkah/Passover - Holidays for Children Video Series. Schlesinger Video Productions, 1994.
The Ten Commandments.
Books and Activities from Christian Homeschool Catalogs
There are numerous books and activities available through the Christian Homeschool Catalogs listed in the introduction of this book. Below are some of their resources that apply to the unit on Ancient Egypt. They are listed alphabetically by title, and the author and publisher are given where that information is available. Please see individual catalog(s) for descriptions, details and prices.
Audobon Society Pocket Guides: Familiar Cacti
Audobon Society Pocket Guides: Reptiles and Amphibians
Ancient Egypt (The Nature Company)
�The Ancient Egypt Explorer�s Kit�
�Ancient Egypt Treasure Chest� Activity Kit
�Color Your Own Papyrus� Activity Kit
�Ancient Egyptian Fashions Coloring Book�
�A Coloring Book of Ancient Egypt� (Bellerophon)
Croco�Nile by Roy Gerrard
Egypt: BBC Fact Finders by Steve and Patricia Harrison
The Egyptian Echo (Usborne)
Egyptian Funeral Boat (British Museum Model)
The Egyptian News by Scott Steedman
�Egyptian Punch-Out Mummy Case� (Dover Press)
�The Egyptian Pyramid� (The Nature Company)
Egyptian Temple Sticker Book by A.G. Smith
The Egyptians Pop-Up Activity Book by Anne Wild
The Egyptians (Oxford University Press)
�Fun with Hieroglyphics� Activity Kit (New York Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Growing Up in Ancient Egypt by Rosalie David
�Hieroglyphs Stencil Book�
�Into the Land of Egypt� Game
�Life in Ancient Egypt Coloring Book�
�Make History: Ancient Egypt�
Make it Work! Ancient Egypt (World Book Encyclopedia)
�Make This Model Egyptian Mummy� (Usborne)
�Make This Egyptian Temple� (Usborne)
Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
�Mummies� kit (Running Press)
�Onto the Desert� (Game of Desert Life Survival)
Pharoahs and Kings: A Biblical Quest by David M. Rohl
�Pyramid Action Pack� Activity Kit
�Queen Nefertiti Coloring Book� (Bellerophon)
Ramses the Great (Bellerophon)
The Riddle of the Rosetta Stone by James Cross Giblin
�Senet Game� (Northwest Corner)
The Ultimate Ancient Egypt Sticker Book
What Do We Know About the Egyptians? by Joanna Defrates
Who Built the Pyramids? by Chisholm and Struan Reid
Young Scientist Book of Archaeology (Usborne)
Ideas and More Learning Adventures for Further Enjoyment and Extended Study
� Videos - Many libraries have an excellent selection of videos in documentary form, as well as historical dramas, etc. on a variety of topics. Check with your library and take advantage of this wonderful resource! Please be advised, once again, that the vast majority will be secular and evolutionary in nature, so use parental discretion. PBS Home Video has a great selection. You can reach them in Alexandria, VA at 1-800-645-4727 or www.shop.pbs.com.
� Children�s Museums call the nearest one to you and see if they have anything pertaining to Ancient Egypt or The Desert. Exhibits change periodically, so continue to call and take a field trip day if something interests you!
� Magazines and Old Catalogs Get these at yard sales if you can, or sometimes at library sales, they go for a dime each. The BEST ones are National Geographic, National Wildlife, Our Big Backyard, and Ranger Rick. (These might be more difficult to find at library sales.) They have WONDERFUL pictures of wildlife. I keep a picture file and pull out the ones that apply to each unit as it approaches kids just love examining them. You can cut up magazines to make booklets about wildlife, nutrition, and other topics, and use them in a variety of other projects.
� Jigsaw Puzzles Keep an eye out for good jigsaw puzzles especially animal or nature themes. Try keeping one out on the table all the time (if you have a card table or an extra table) as a family project. They are wonderful to use during reading time to keep hands busy, but minds alert on the story. Try yard sales for these, too.
� Research the lives of two famous pharaohs write a report comparing and contrasting their personalities and styles of leadership.
� Research the Exodus which route did the Israelites take? Draw a map of possible routes and write a paper including supporting evidence.
� Study more about the Nile and other rivers of the world river life, features, longest, etc.
� Do more research about the Rosetta Stone how it was found how the code was broken, etc.
Supplies Needed for the Ancient Egypt Unit
Required, suggested, and optional books of your choice, personal reading books check books and other resources out of the library, or purchase your own as needed and desired.
Day 1 - plums, melons, pomegranates, dates, figs, apples, grape juice, books on ancient Egypt and deserts
Day 2 globe, world atlas
Day 3 - colored pencils, hand mirror
Day 4 - large pan 13�X 9� X 3� (1 per child or 1 per family) strong aluminum foil, map of Egypt, sand, grass seed, potting soil, rocks, pebbles
Day 7 - 1 cup barley flour (buy at health food store), 1/3 cup honey, 1 tablespoon oil
Day 8 - 2 small shiny tin cans, flat black paint, paintbrush, thermometer (one that will measure a wide range of temperatures not an oral thermometer)
Day 9 - 8� of long fresh or dried grass (per child), string, scissors
Day 10 The Golden Goblet, by Eloise Jarvis McGraw, 2 clear jars of the same size, aluminum foil, lego blocks blocks - or cans for building a pyramid
Day 12 house-plant with leaves, plastic sandwich bag, scotch tape
Day 13 honey, coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger (and other baking staples)
Day 15 1 cup dry lentils, 2 cloves garlic, � t. crushed fennel seeds (if desired)
Day 16 world map or globe, shoe-box lid (or a similar size box for each child), non-stick cooking spray, plaster, white vinegar, sandpaper, nail, tempera or watercolor paint
Day 22 roll of newsprint for mural
Day 23 paintbrushes, tempera paint, fruit with colored juice and chalk for crushing and making paints
Day 25 1 cup honey (and other baking staples)
Day 27 poster-board, barley, onions, 1 lb. ground beef, mushrooms (if desired), (other cooking staples), glove, coarse leaves or grass, short lengths of thick rope, tempera paints
Day 28 props and costumes for plays (towels, sheets, basket and doll for Baby Moses scene), tape, scissors, cardboard
Day 30 see Day 30 for ingredients you will need for the foods you choose to serve at your Passover Celebration