In 2016, special events will take place around the world to mark 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare – playwright, poet and actor.  Introduce young readers to his life and stories by sampling these:


Come Fall (Gr 4-7) by A.C.E. Bauer.  Fairy tale charm and magic are woven into the everyday struggles of three middle-school children, in a story that expands on a plot line from A Midsummer Night's Dream.

In Wicked Will (Gr 5-7) by Bailey MacDonald, young Viola is masquerading as a boy so that she can travel with her uncle's strolling players. When the troupe arrives in Stratford, 11-year-old Will Shakespeare drives them to distraction with his incessant questions

William Shakespeare's Winters Tale by Bruce Coville and William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet by Barbara Kindermann (both Gr 5-7) are retellings in prose of famed plays.

Shakespeare Stories for Young Readers by Edith Nesbit entertains with 12 short and lively story adaptations that capture vital events. 

Your libraries offer several books about his hangout, the Globe Theater, in call # 792 and plenty of juvenile biographies under "S" for Shakespeare.

Be on the lookout for special Shakespare programs coming next year at Henrico Public Library!