Ancient History and Curriculum
Ancient history books can be used in Primary and High school. However Ancient history is not covered until Year 7 of the Australian curriculum.
We also have two other lists for ancient history books.
In primary school, many children like to study this ancient history books 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 ancient history books support the Biblical world view of creation.
Judeo-Christian Origins of Man – Ancient History Books
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.
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
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
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.
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
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 History Books on Egypt – Fiction & Non Fiction
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Large detailed colouring book on all aspects of Ancient Egyptian life.
Fertile Crescent Civilisations
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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