Ancient History Books For Kids- Creation & Egypt

ancient history book list

Ancient History and Curriculum

Ancient history is covered in Year 7 of the Australian curriculum. This includes archaeology, fossils and Greek and Roman history and Asian ancient history.

Ancient history is not a required subject in primary school. However many children like to study this period of history in their early school years. To use ancient history topics in your planning you can record them as part of your literature, geography and history studies.

Many of these books support the Biblical world view of creation. History Makers is a resource for working through the Old testament periods . This includes archaeological findings of those times.

Judeo-Christian Origins of Man – Ancient History Books

Genesis: Finding Our Roots – Ruth Beechick

A marvellous book recording evidence from all civilisations backing up the Bible’s record of early life on earth, from Adam Original Sin to Noah and early civilisation. China, Mesopotamia, Aboriginal and more concur with the Bible’s stance. Meticulously researched with footnotes and references.  Ages 7 yrs to adult.

Dry Bones and Other Fossils– Gary Parker

This is a book of dialogue between a family. They discuss how fossils support Noah’s flood and contradict evolution. Considers every question children might have about fossils. This book holds your attention. HB  Ages 7 — 15 yrs

The Great Dinosaur Mystery and the Bible – Paul Taylor

A unique, fascinating book—all about dinosaurs. Are they in the Bible? Why did God make dinosaurs? Where did the dinosaur fossils come from? Did dinosaurs board the Ark? Did any dinosaurs survive the flood? (Historic records quoted), Were dinosaurs really killers and meat-eaters? And many other relevant questions that children have. Large illustrated HB Ages 6 — I I yrs

Life in the Great Ice Age – Michael Oard

An interesting story about a family before the ice age. A sensible, God-fearing, fully human family travel from cave to cave, pursuing mammoths as the ice draws ever nearer. My children have all loved this book which throws a Biblical perspective on early man, for younger children. Fully illustrated. HB Ages 5 —12 yrs.

Archaeologists Dig for Clues -Kate Duke

A picture book where some children join an archaeological dig and discover how scientists learn about the past from. Nothing at all about “millions of years”. Just the facts of what is done on a dig. Excellent resource. Ages 5 — 10 yrs

Adam and His Kin – Ruth Beechick

A wonderful, creative narrative, superimposing archaeological evidence of early civilisation in Sumer with known Biblical facts to make a lively story about Adam and his descendants. Gives a fresh portrait of early life on earth, as per the Biblical record. Ages 7 —16 yrs.

Ancient Egypt – Ancient History Books

The Golden Goblet – Eloise McGraw

Exciting story about an Egyptian boy, apprenticed to his crafty uncle, a stone mason. Ranofer suspects his uncle is up to no good building a pharaoh’s tomb when a golden goblet turns up at his house. Suspenseful to the end, the reader gains wonderful insight into the lives of ordinary people in Ancient Egypt and how the tombs were prepared. Ages 8 — 13 yrs.

The Riddle of the Rosetta Stone – James Giblin

A riveting book telling the story of how the Rosetta Stone was deciphered, the hieroglyphs finally readable — and the truth about life in Ancient Egypt finally able to be understood. Great explanation of the work of linguists. Ages 9 — 15 yrs

Seeker of Knowledge – James Rumford

A picture book about the man who deciphered the Rosetta Stone and unlocked the mysteries of Ancient Egypt. Beautifully illustrated with watercolour paintings, and embellished with hieroglyphs and their meanings, this book is simply entrancing. The story is about a boy who had a large vision from early in life and set out with great determination to see it fulfilled. Ages 5 — II yrs

Pyramid – David Macaulay

A fascinating, architecturally accurate book of line drawings, combined with text about how the pyramids were built. Great for the whole family. Ages 6 yrs — Adult.

Tuts Mummy: Lost and Found – Judy Donnelly

A ‘Step Into Reading’ book about Howard Carter’s discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen, and what he discovered about the Ancient Egyptians from its artefacts. Large print and illustrated. Ages 6 — 9 yrs

Tutankhamen’s Gift – Robert Sabuda

Striking Egyptian styled paintings illustrate a story of Tutankhamen restoring the temples after his older brother’s attempt to introduce monotheism to Egypt. Shows how the Egyptians’ lives revolved around their religion. Ages 6 — 10 yrs.

Mara, Daughter of the Nile – Eloise McGraw

The adventures of an ingenious Egyptian slave girl who undertakes a dangerous assignment as a spy in the royal palace of Thebes, in the days when Queen Hatshepsut ruled. Thrilling tale of palace life and of the tombs of Ancient Egypt. Ages II —18 yrs. Highly recommended

Shadow Hawk – Andre Norton

An exciting story of a young man, captain of the Nubian scouts in I590 BC, who braves many dangers to free Ancient Egypt from the rule of the Hyksos invaders. Bethlehem Book. Ages 9 — 17 yrs.

Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt -Elizabeth Payne

A thrilling collection of biographies of the Egyptian pharaohs. I have read this twice and each time couldn’t put it down. Gives wonderful insight into the rise and fall of a civilisation. Ages 9 yrs —adult.

Life in Ancient Egypt Colouring Book- Dover

Large detailed colouring book on all aspects of Ancient Egyptian life.

Ancient history book list

Fertile Crescent Civilisations – Ancient History Books

Hittite Warrior – Joanne Williamson – Highly Recommended

A thrilling story about a Hittite man who, from loss of his own lands to the Sea Peoples, went to live with and fight for the Canaanites and Sisera when they went to fight Barak and the army of Israel, with disastrous consequences. A beautiful view of the grace of God and simple beauty of Hebrew life is shown. Bethlehem Book. Ages 10 —18 yrs

Celebrate! Stories of the Jewish Holidays – Gilda Berger

Each of seven famous Jewish holidays. First there is the original Bible story (told as a story), followed by a timeline with the day on it, then an explanation of what is being celebrated, how Jews celebrate today, then clear, simple recipes and instructions for food and crafts so that you can celebrate it yourself. This book has lovely illustrations that will especially appeal to children and all the crafts are well-suited for younger family members. Ages 5 to adult.

Celebrating Biblical Feasts -Martha Zimmerman

This book explains the background to each of the seven main feasts of the Sabbath, Passover, Omer, Shavuoth, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkoth. It goes further to explain their significance to Christians today and how to practically make what is needed for the celebrations, both foods and decorations. Ages I I yrs — A.

The Richest Man in Babylon – George Clason

At the beginning of last century, a poor archaeologist and English university professor pieced together a set of crumbling cuneiform—imprinted tablets found in the ruins of ancient Babylon. Surprisingly, the information found upon them were animated teachings of a merchant of the day on why one need never be poor or needy if they follow his financial advice. Gives a new view of life in Babylon. Good sensible financial advice. Ages 9 yrs – adult

God King: A Story in the Days of King Hezekiah – Joanne Williamson

Egypt is ruled by the Kushites. In Judea, the Assyrian Sennacherib promises an alliance with Egypt, while Hezekiah, the Jewish king offers other terms. Taharka, a former prince of Egypt, now fleeing for his life due to a treacherous plot, must now choose with whom he will ally himself. An exciting story set in the days of Assyria’s power and Egypt’s waning star. A Bethlehem Book. Ages 10 — 17 yrs

Victory on the Walls – Frieda Clarke Hyman

A new Bethlehem book. The story of Nehemiah, told through the eyes of Nehemiah’s 13 year old nephew who lives in Susa. Ages 10 – 16 yrs

Life in Ancient Mesopotamia – Shilpa Mehta-Jones

A well-illustrated and interesting book about this fertile crescent civilisation. How the people lived, cross-sections of their homes, their clothing, some ways modern Iraqis compare with their ancestors, crafts, laws and the economy. Ages 7 – 14 yrs

This booklist has been provided by Mary Collis from A Living Education