Bonus Bibliography

Unwrapping Ancient Mysteries

Books for Independent Reading


A Puzzling Day in the Land of the Pharaohs
by Scoular Anderson
Candlewick 1997 (32p)
Mrs. Pudget and her class are on what seems to be an ordinary field trip when suddenly they are transported back thousands of years to ancient Egypt.

Egyptian Mummies: A Pop-Up Book
by Milbry Polk
Dutton 1997
The four spreads in the book contain amazing facts about mummies, treasures, and tombs.

Stories on Stone: Rock Art Images From the Ancient Ones
by Jennifer Owings Dewey
(Social Studies)
Little 1996 (32p)
Dewey discusses the Anasazi petroglyphs and pictographs she saw as a child in the southwest and ponders their meanings.

The Eye of the Pharaoh: A Pop-Up Whodunit
by Iain Smyth
Dutton 1995 (12p)
Pop-ups, flaps, and secret labels help to provide the clues needed to determine which of seven suspects stole the Pharaoh's priceless jewel.

Pepi and the Secret Names
by Jill Paton Walsh
Lothrop 1995 (32p)
Pepi's father, commissioned to paint Prince Dhutmose's tomb, needs Pepi's help in finding real-life models to enable him to paint the unimaginable. Hieroglyphics key included.


The Ancient Splendor of Prehistoric Cahokia
by Sidney Denny and Ernest L. Schusky
Ozark 1997 (41p)
The authors authors describe the archaeological finds and the layout of the Cahokia Mounds, in southern Illinois and created by prehistoric North American Indians.

Stone Age Farmers Beside the Sea: Scotland's Prehistoric Village of Skara Brae
by Caroline Arnold
(Social Studies)
Clarion 1997 (48p)
When archaeologists found Skara Brae in 1850, they learned that on this Scottish island a community had farmed, herded, hunted, and fished from the years 3100 B. C. to 2500 B. C., when a dust storm destroyed the village.

Cat Mummies
by Kelly Trumble
(Social Studies)
Clarion 1996 (64p)
Explores the reasons for the ancient Egyptian custom of mummifying animals, especially cats.


Rome Antics
by David Macaulay
Houghton 1997 (80p)
A pigeon carrying an important message takes the reader on a unique tour through ancient and modern Rome.

The Buried City of Pompeii: What It Was Like When Vesuvius Exploded
by Shelley Tanaka
Hyperion 1997 (48p)
Through the experiences of Eros, a steward on a large estate, the author relates what happened when Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79.

I Am the Mummy Heb-Nefert
by Eve Bunting
Harcourt 1997 (32)
From her resting place in a museum, the mummy Heb-Nefert, recalls her earlier pampered life of luxury with her royal husband on the banks of the Nile.

by Anne Millard
(Social Studies)
Kingfisher 1996 (64p)
The author provides information on the construction and the social and religious significance of the pyramids found in Egypt and in North and South America.

Mummies, Dinosaurs, Moon Rocks: How We Know How Old Things Are
by James Jespersen and Jane Fitz-Randolph
Atheneum 1996 (96p)
The authors explain how researchers determine the age of ancient objects, from counting tree rings through using carbon dating and CAT scans.

The Kingfisher Book of the Ancient World: From the Ice Age to the Fall of Rome
by Hazel Mary Martell
Kingfisher 1995 (160p)
Offers a survey of ancient civilizations in Europe, the Far East, the Americas, Oceania, and the Middle East.

Bodies from the Past
by Robin Place
Thomson 1995 (48p)
Archaeologists study mummies found in ice, the desert, and peat bogs, including the Danish tree coffins and the Basket Makers of the Southwest, to learn about ancient diets and lifestyles.

Howard Carter: Searching for King Tut
by Barbara Ford
(Social Studies)
Scientific American 1995 (64p) also paper
This entry in the Science Superstars series details the life of the British archaeologist who spent years searching for King Tut's Tomb.

Ancient Egypt
(Social Studies)
The Nature Company/Time-Life 1995 (64p)
A well-illustrated look at the civilizations developed along the Nile by the Pharaohs, with a discussion of their industries, culture, interest in the afterlife, and magnificent temples and pyramids.


The Bone Detectives
by Donna M. Jackson
Little 1996 (48p)
A fascinating look at how forensic anthropologists can use bones and teeth to determine a person's vital statistics.

The Mystery of the Ancient Maya
by Carolyn Meyer and Charles Gallenkamp
McElderry 1995 (192p)
In this revised edition of their introduction to the Mayan culture, the authors share recent discoveries by archaeologists and historians that shed new light on the mysteries of the Mayan people.

How to Make a Mummy Talk
by James M. Deem
Houghton 1995 (192p)
The author explains what mummies are, how they were made, and how scientists can learn so much about them thousands of years later.

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Frozen Man
by David Getz

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