Exploring Egypt Through a Child’s Lens

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One of our young patrons recently discovered the majestic pyramids of Egypt and now he's obsessed with pharaohs, Egypt and, of course, mummies.

Imagine his excitement when I shared the news that a 153-foot-long hidden chamber was recently discovered inside the Great Pyramid of Giza! Check out these titles to help you answer the endless questions from the curious young minds in your life.

Pyramids: Part of the National Geographic Kids series, this book captures the attention of early readers with amazing pictures and fun facts. Bonus—kids will expand their vocabulary without even knowing it! 

In Egypt, we follow Benjamin Blog and his curious dog, Barkolo Polo (after Marco Polo), across the country. Kids will learn about kushari, a typical Egyptian dish, and the temples of Abu Simbel.

Older kids may enjoy reading The Totally Gross History of Ancient Egypt, where they will learn about why mummies were eaten, yes eaten, in Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries.

Kids who are obsessed with ancient Egypt will get a real thrill from King Tut's Tomb. Packed with historical photographs, this title gives a wealth of information on Egypt's most famous pharaoh.

If you could explore Egypt, what's the one thing you'd like to see?

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