Shakespeare Week

Shakespeare Activity Session for Children on Saturday March 25  from 11am to 11.30am

At Lower Earley Library, Maiden Erlegh Library, Wokingham Library and Woodley Library, Just drop in and try some fun Shakespeare themed activities for children aged 7 and over.

Shakespeare Books to try for children…..

shakespearemWhat’s so special about Shakespeare? by Michael Rosen

Ideal for browsing, this book is divided into clear sections. It includes studies of four of Shakespeare’s plays, intriguing facts and information about Shakespeare himself and the world at this time, accompanied by a useful time line.


shakespeareqThe queen loved to see Shakespeare’s bottom! : the fact or fiction behind Shakespeare by  Kay Barnham.

This title explores popular myths and legends about the world’s greatest playwright in a tongue-in-cheek, humorous way that kids will find unputdownable. Alongside features such as ‘the Bard’s best bits’, in which we learn that Shakespearean quotes and phrases are still part of our everyday language, statements such as ‘the Queen loved Shakespeare’s bottom’ or ‘Shakespeare burned down the Globe Theatre’ are explored and given a ‘truth’ or ‘busted’ evaluation.

boyglobeThe boy and the globe by Tony Bradman

Young Toby lives on his wits. An orphan and a street-child, he navigates Elizabethan London like an old hand. Meanwhile the city has lost its charm for Will Shakespeare, the playwright from Stratford. Beset by troubles personal and professional and suffering from writer’s block, he has grown to hate the drama business. But when Toby stumbles into the Globe, the boy’s energy and enthusiasm remind Will of the magic that first inspired his love of the theatre, and the two set to work on a new entertainment for ‘Twelfth Night’.

toweTo wee or not to wee! by Pamela Butchart

Hamlet could NEVER make his mind up about ANYTHING. And one time he actually went to school in just his pants and got sent home because he couldn’t decide what to wear.  When Izzy is asked to tell her friends some HILARIOUS and SCARY stories she knows exactly where to look: Shakespeare, the king of SUPER dramatic stuff.

After learning about Macbeth (a STRONG solider who ate four bowls of porridge and twenty pieces of toast every morning) her friends want more. So Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Romeo and Juliet all get the Izzy treatment. There’s blood and guts, ghosty stuff, and plenty of people wandering around in their nighties. The perfect introduction to the Bard!

shakespearebShakespeare’s tales retold by Beverley Birch and illustrated by Stephen Lambert.

Tragedy, comedy and history are all here for you in this wonderful adaptation of four Shakespeare plays. Something for everyone!  ‘The barge she sat in like a burnished throne, burned on the water: the poop was beaten gold, purple the sails…’  A lyrical re-telling of Shakespeare’s plays; Hamlet, The Tempest, Anthony and Cleopatra and Othello by respected children’s author Beverley Birch, partnered with sublime illustrations by Stephen Lambert. A perfect introduction to these landmark plays.

You can borrow these books from our libraries, so check out our catalogue to see if it’s in a library near you:


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