This week we've read a few good books about ancient Egypt:
Tutankhamun by Demi. I love Demi's style of illustrating, and this one told the story of the whole monotheistic worship of Aten and then the power struggles following that, and the death of the child king, in a very engaging way. Definitely a "living book" rather than a text book.
How the Sphinx Got to the Museum. A silly picture book about how an artifact gets to a museum, and all the people involved along the way.
An Egyptian Tomb: The Tomb of Nebamun. I remember studying these paintings in Art History in college, and this juvenile book was at least as interesting as that was - maybe more. It does a good job of illustrating how the pictures fit together, and the symbolism in the paintings. The kids enjoyed it and asked a lot of questions.
Ancient Egypt by Miranda Smith. This is just a basic non-fiction book, but the illustrations are in a sort of computer-generated style with lots and lots of detail, and the kids enjoyed looking at all of those.
In the car we are listening to The 39 Clues: The Black Circle (Book 5). We've enjoyed the other books, but each has a different author and there is an uneven quality to the series because of that. I don't really like this one much, and my husband can't stop rolling his eyes if he's in the car while it's on, but the kids are invested in the series and like it.