15 Show-Stopping Books About Shakespeare For Kids and Teens


Shakespeare’s timeless works have inspired countless generations, appealing to people of all ages. The key to fostering a love for the Bard in children and young adults lies in introducing them to captivating books that bring Shakespeare’s world to life. Here are 15 show-stopping books about Shakespeare for kids and teens.

1. “Shakespeare for Kids: His Life and Times” by Colleen Aagesen and Margie Blumberg

This delightful biography offers a comprehensive introduction to Shakespeare’s life, his times, and his significant works.

2. “Tales from Shakespeare” by Marcia Williams

This beautifully illustrated book features adaptations of seven of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, including “Romeo & Juliet” and “Hamlet.”

3. “Will’s Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk” by Jane Sutcliffe

Introducing young readers to the many phrases coined by Shakespeare, this book celebrates the Bard’s enduring influence on our language and culture.

4. “Who Was William Shakespeare?” by Celeste Davidson Mannis

Part of the popular “Who Was…?” series, this engaging biography introduces kids to the man behind the legendary works.

5. “Shakespeare’s Stories for Young Readers” by E. Nesbit

Twelve abridged retellings of some of Shakespeare’s best-known plays, crafted for captivating young audiences.

6. “The Boy, the Bear, the Baron, the Bard” by Gregory Rogers

An award-winning wordless picture book about a young boy who gets lost in time and encounters William Shakespeare.

7. “Shakespeare Rocks!” by Tony Bradman

A contemporary middle-grade novel featuring a school production of a rock musical based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream sparks intrigue and friendship.

8. “Hamlet: A Chooseable Path Adventure” by Ryan North

This interactive book allows readers to make their own choices while exploring a retelling of the famous tragedy “Hamlet.”

9. “Romeo and Juliet: A Graphic Novel” by Gareth Hinds

This stunning adaptation gives new life to one of the world’s most famous love stories in graphic novel format.

10. “Much Ado About Mad Libs” by Molly Reisner

Incorporating humor and wordplay, this Mad Libs collection makes learning about Shakespeare fun.

11. “The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth” by Ian Lendler and Zack Giallongo

A group of zoo animals perform their own unique version of Shakespeare’s infamous Scottish play in this quirky graphic novel.

12. “The Worst Case Scenario: Little Red Riding Hood” by Yann Legendre

An amusing choose-your-own-adventure twist on “Little Red Riding Hood,” incorporating Shakespearean elements for an unforgettable experience.

13. “Ophelia’s Diary: A Hamlet Retelling” by Michelle A. Bailey

A young adult retelling of “Hamlet” from the perspective of Ophelia offers a fresh take on the classic play.

14. “The Wednesday Wars” by Gary D. Schmidt

In this coming-of-age middle-grade novel, the protagonist grapples with adolescence while studying Shakespeare’s plays in school.

15. “Saving Juliet” by Suzanne Selfors

Two modern teenagers are transported into the world of Romeo and Juliet, where they must navigate the drama of Shakespeare’s Verona while trying to save the star-crossed lovers.


From vibrant picture books to retellings and inventive adaptations, these 15 books about Shakespeare will capture the imagination of children and teens alike, setting them on a lifelong journey of appreciation for his works.

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