We have been reading Shakespeare in our home since my son was 8. So I wanted to share with you his favorite Shakespeare books for kids so you can also encourage your kids to read the great works of the Bard.
He loves reading both the original plays and the adaptations, but his favorites are the adaptations. But he absolutely loves Shakespeare, we have seen over 5 theater productions too.
On a recent trip to Atlanta, he found a Shakespeare tavern and we went to see the Merchant of Venice (if you are ever there, I highly recommend it.) On another visit, this time to the UK, we went to Stratford Upon Avon to see Henry VI: Rebellion and the list goes on.
All of these Shakespeare books he has read and is begging for more. In fact, we have just purchased the No Fear Merchant of Venice book after he enjoyed the play so much at the weekend.
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Carry on reading for his top 10 Shakespeare books for kids.
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The Best Books to Encourage a Love of Shakespeare in Children
There are 10 books included in my son’s favorite Shakespeare books for kids, and are in reverse order! So the very last one is his absolute favorite.
In fact, he currently has 6 of them in the series! I promise it will be worth scrolling through just to get to the last one.
This box set is perfect for kids aged about 8-9 years old, they are short stories with pictures. These are great for younger students but too basic for children over the age of 10 in our opinion. But a great way to introduce Shakespeare early on.
This set includes: The Winters Tale, Alls Well That Ends Well, Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, Cymbeline King of Britain, Julius Caesar, King Lear, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello The Moor of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, The Tragedy of Macbeth, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Timon of Athens, Twelfth Night, Hamlet Prince of Denmark, The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew
When we started taking Shakespeare more seriously in 6th grade we used this book along with an excellent unit study.
Check out how to teach your child Shakespeare. We used this as a parent-led book as opposed to a book he would read on his own, but he thoroughly enjoyed it and is definitely part of the reason why he continues to love Shakespeare.
This book is in his top 10 as we purchased it from the Royal Shakespeare Company in England! But it is an excellent book about his life rather than his plays, although it does of course talk about some of his most famous works.
There are lots of pictures to look at too, so age-wise I would have it somewhere between 7 and 12.
My son's all-time favorite Shakespeare book for kids is this William Shakespeares Star Wars book. There are 9 books in the series of which he has 6, and the next 3 he will be asking to have for Christmas. He absolutely loves them and like the Avengers book above it is written in scenes.
This one listed is the trilogy - The Royal Imperial Boxed Set: Includes Verily, A New Hope; The Empire Striketh Back; The Jedi Doth Return; and an 8-by-34-inch full-color poster