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.
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!