Shakespeare’s Birthday Resources

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564.  The exact date of his birthday is not recorded, but is most often celebrated around the world on 23 April.

If you would like to discover more about Shakespeare try some of these resources:


Shakespeare Week 2020

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Shakespeare Week is a national annual celebration giving primary school aged children opportunities for enriching and early encounters with Shakespeare Рhis characters, stories and language. Shakespeare Week was created and is coordinated by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Why celebrate Shakespeare? Shakespeare is a named author on the curriculum in 65% of countries, studied by around half of the world’s schoolchildren every year. He has been hailed as the UK’s greatest cultural export, and the foremost reason why people are proud to be British. However, many British children encounter Shakespeare in their teens as a mandatory subject studied for exams. Many consider Shakespeare difficult and not for them, and so are unlikely to introduce their children to his works.

This is why Shakespeare Week is so important as it introduces children to Shakespeare in a fun and inspiring way. Shakespeare Week has already brought one of the world’s most famous playwrights to life for an estimated 2 million children across the UK.

Choose a fun book to share with your child on Shakespeare from Wokingham Libraries…

The Weird World of William Shakespeare by Andrew Donkin explores everything you don’t know about the man with the quill pen!

The Queen Loved to See Shakespeare’s Bottom! The Fact or Fiction Behind Shakespeare by Kay Barnham explores popular myths and legends in a humorous way.

Michael Rosen’s book What’s So Special about Shakespeare? offers a whirlwind tour of Shakespeare’s life, his London, and four of his plays: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, King Lear, and The Tempest.

Tales from Shakespeare by Marcia Willett is a witty re-telling of fourteen of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, with full-colour illustrations throughout.

To reserve a copy visit the online catalogue here