Happy Birthday, Mr Shakespeare!

Today marks the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare. Learn more here.

Moses Brown’s library is celebrating by offering the below available selections of related titles for a variety of ages. Enjoy!

From the Middle and Upper School

TWITL_shakespeareIN SEARCH OF SHAKESPEARE (PBS video) Michael Wood travels to England in search of the true story behind the life of playwright and poet William Shakespeare, an intensely private person.

SHAKESPEARE BATS CLEANUP (Ron Koertge) When a fourteen-year-old baseball player catches mononucleosis, he discovers that keeping a journal and experimenting with poetry not only helps fill the time, it also helps him deal with life, love, and loss.

SHAKESPEARE’S WORLD AND WORK (Ed. John F. Andrews) Presents alphabetized, cross-referenced, illustrated entries on Shakespeare’s life and texts, and Renaissance England. Includes time lines, sidebars, definitions in page margins, and other features designed especially for younger readers.

BLUE AVENGER CRACKS THE CODE (Norma Howe) In his new identity as Blue Avenger, sixteen-year-old David visits Venice, Italy, and continues to pursue various crusades, including trying to solve the mystery of who really wrote Shakespeare’s works.

SHAKESPEARE’S POEMS AND SONNETS (Ed. Harold Bloom) This volume brings together study guides to sonnets 19, 53, 55, 87, 94, 116, 129 and “The Phoenix and Turtle”, “The Rape of Lucrece”, and “Venus and Adonis”.

EXPOSURE (Mal Peet) Paul Faustino, South America’s best soccer journalist, reports on the series of events that hurl Otello from the heights of being a beloved and successful soccer star, happily married to the pop singer Desdemona, into a downward spiral, in this novel loosely based on Shakespeare’s play, Othello.

THE JULIET CLUB (Suzanne Harper) When high school junior Kate wins an essay contest that sends her to Verona, Italy, to studyShakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” over the summer, she meets both American and Italian students and learns not just about Shakespeare, but also about star-crossed lovers–and herself.

SOMETHING ROTTEN (Alan Gratz) In a contemporary story based on Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, Horatio Wilkes seeks to solve the murder of his friend Hamilton Prince’s father in Denmark, Tennessee.

From the Lower School:
THE SHAKESPEARE STEALER (Gary Blackwood) A young orphan boy is ordered by his master to infiltrate Shakespeare’s acting troupe in order to steal the script of “Hamlet,” but he discovers instead the meaning of friendship and loyalty.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE GLOBE (Aliki) Tells the story of the well-known playwright, William Shakespeare, and of the famous Globe Theatre in which many of his works were performed.

THE BARD OF AVON (Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema) A brief biography of the world’s most famous playwright, using only historically correct information.

TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE (Tina Packer) A collection of prose retelling of ten familiar Shakespeare plays, each illustrated by a well-known artist or artists.

SHAKESPEARE’S SECRET (Elise Broach) Named after a character in a Shakespeare play, misfit sixth-grader Hero becomes interested in exploring this unusual connection because of a valuable diamond supposedly hidden in her new house, an intriguing neighbor, and the unexpected attention of the most popular boy in school. (find in the MS/US collection)

THE WEDNESDAY WARS (Gary D. Schmidt) During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker’s classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in. (find in the MS/US collection)

KING OF SHADOWS (Susan Cooper) While in London as part of an all-boy acting company preparing to perform in a replica of the famous Globe Theatre, Nat Field suddenly finds himself transported back to 1599 and performing in the original theater under the tutelage of Shakespeare himself. (find in the MS/US collection)

Find these and more (including LOTS of videos of Shakespeare’s plays-made-into-movies!) at library.mosesbrown.org.


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