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Celebrate Shakespeare!

William Shakespeare was born sometime in April (no one is really sure of the exact date) and died on April 23, 1616. During his prolific production of plays and poetry, he's responsible for creating many words and phrases still used in the English language today. In his honor, check out some of these works inspired by the bard, some of which may be better suited for younger readers.

Picture of Shakespeare is Public Domain

Non-Fiction Featuring Shakespeare

Ira's Shakespeare dream by Glenda Armand

"A biography chronicling the life of Ira Aldridge, an African American actor who is considered to be one of the greatest Shakespearean actors of the nineteenth century"--.

Brief text, sidebars, labeled illustrations, and humorous cartoons depict what it was like to be a Shakespearean actor during the sixteenth century.

xplore four of Shakespeare's comedies like never before--with LEGO bricks! This book presents Shakespeare's most delightful comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream , Much Ado About Nothing , The Taming of the Shrew , and The Tempest , in one thousand amazing color photographs. This unique adaptation of the world's most famous plays stays true to Shakespeare's original text, while giving audiences an exciting new perspective as the stories are retold with the universally beloved construction toy. 


Also available: Brick Shakespeare: the Tragedies featuring Hamlet , Macbeth , Romeo and Juliet , and Julius Caesar 

Who was William Shakespeare? by Celeste Davidson Mannis

Presents a brief profile of the life and works of sixteenth-century playwright, William Shakespeare; and contains black-and-white illustrations that include a diagram of the Globe Theater.

Tales from Shakespeare by Tina Packer

A collection of prose retellings of ten familiar Shakespeare plays, each illustrated by a well-known artist or artists.

Provides information about William Shakespeare's family life and work as a playwright and actor, summaries of his works, and details and challenges of staging Shakespearean productions. Includes a CD with performances from selected Shakespearean plays and sonnets by Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company.

Fiction Inspired by or Featuring Shakespeare

The Shakespeare stealer by Gary L Blackwood

A young orphan boy is ordered by his master to infiltrate Shakespeare's acting troupe in order to steal the script of "Hamlet," but he discovers instead the meaning of friendship and loyalty.

The animals of the Stratford Zoo put on their own performance of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet".

Also available in the series is Macbeth

Drama at Mouseford by Thea Stilton

Mouseford Academy is celebrating their 600th anniversary and the headmaster and teachers decide to put on a play of the famous Mouseo and Juliet. The Thea Sisters want the role of Juliet but so does their rival, Ruby Flashyfur.

"Twelve-year-old Colophon Letterford has a serious mystery on her hands. Will she discover the link between her family's literary legacy and Shakespeare's tomb before it's too late?"--Provided by publisher.

Twelve-year-old orphan Christopher "Kit" Buckles becomes a stage boy in a London theater in 1598, tries his hand at acting, and later helps build the Globe Theater for playwright William Shakespeare and the Chamberlain's Men acting troupe.

Wings by E. D Baker

When Tamisin discovers that she is half fairy, she decides to find out more answers directly from the fairies themselves, including her mother, the fairy queen.

The story continues in Fairy Lies

Sir Francis Walsingham, England's spymaster general, has eyes and ears all over the world. His secret service protects Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth and ensures the might of the whole English empire. Now, he has a new recruit. Fourteen-year-old Nathan Fox is an actor in the same company as young Will Shakespeare. His life in the theater had taught him a thing or two about disguises and deception. But nothing can prepare Nathan for the shadowy world he's about to enter. Nathan's new life holds more action and more drama than he ever saw on a stage. But will he survive to tell Will Shakespeare his tale?.

The Wednesday wars by Gary D Schmidt

During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in.

Stage fright on a summer night by Mary Pope Osborne

Jack and Annie travel in their magic tree house to Elizabethan London, where they become actors in a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream and try to rescue a tame bear.

King of shadows by Susan Cooper

While in London as part of an all-boy acting company preparing to perform in a replica of the famous Globe Theatre, Nat Field suddenly finds himself transported back to 1599 and performing in the original theater under the tutelage of Shakespeare himself.