Toppsta - Childrens Books – Reviews

William Shakespeare

Author Links

William Shakespeare

  • 4 stars across 367 books
    William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, and was baptised on 26 April 1564. His father was a glove maker and wool merchant and his mother, Mary Arden, was the daughter of a well-to-do local land owner. Shakespeare was probably educated in Stratford's grammar school. In 1582 he married Anne Hathaway, and the couple had a daughter the following year and twins in 1585. Shakespeare's theatrical life seems to have commenced around 1590. We do know that he was part of the Lord Chamberlain's Company, which was renamed the King's Company in 1603 when James I succeeded to the throne. The Company acquired interests in two theatres in the Southwark area of London, near the banks of the Thames - the Globe and the Blackfriars. Shakespeare's poetry was published before his plays, with two poems appearing in 1593 and 1594, dedicated to his patron Henry Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton. Most of Shakespeare's sonnets were probably written at this time as well. Records of Shakespeare's plays begin to appear in 1594, and he produced roughly two a year until around 1611. His earliest plays include Henry VI and Titus Andronicus. A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice and Richard II all date from the mid to late 1590s. Some of his most famous tragedies were written in the early 1600s; these include Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth and Antony & Cleopatra. His late plays, often known as the Romances, date from 1608 onwards and include The Tempest. Shakespeare died on 23 April 1616 and was buried in Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. The first collected edition of his works was published in 1623 and is known as 'the First Folio'.


    Publication Date


    27th October 2010


    What he hears will change everything. Egged on by his wife, he decides to kill in order to gain the Scottish crown. How ... More

    (2 reviews)
    14th August 2009

    The Tempest

    The story of the Tempest, the magical storm that brings a royal party to justice on a savage island, is beautifully re... More

    (1 review)
    9th May 2016

    Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 16: Shakespeare Stories

    Sebastian and Viola cause all sorts of trouble when they switch places in the romantic comedy Twelfth Night. Learn the h... More

    (1 review)
    31st March 2004

    Henry: In Comic Book Form

    Henry V presents an edited version of one of Shakespeare's most famous plays. The fact that it is edited is an essential... More

    (0 reviews)
    31st May 2003

    Twelfth Night: In Comic Book Format

    Twelfth Night presents an edited version of one of Shakespeare's most famous plays. The fact that it is edited is an ess... More

    (0 reviews)
    4th September 2014

    Richard III

    I Was There... is a perfect introduction for younger readers into stories from the past, allowing children to ima... More

    (0 reviews)
    22nd October 2015

    Shakespeare: King Lear

    About Sweet Cherry Easy Classics: From Shakespeare to Austen, Sweet Cherry Easy Classics adapts classic literat... More

    (0 reviews)
    6th September 2012

    Antony and Cleopatra

    Antony and Cleopatra is a famous Shakespeare tragedy which follows actual events from Roman History. It is set in ancien... More

    (0 reviews)
    18th February 2013

    Twelfth Night

    (0 reviews)
    Image to show page is loading Show More Books

    Most Popular Book

    Coming Soon

    Twelfth Night Twelfth Night

    Twelfth Night

    28th January 2021

    Recent Reviews

    Series by
    William Shakespeare

    Real Reads

    Shakespeare Retold

    Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories

    Comic Book Shakespeare

    I Was There

    Sweet Cherry Easy Classics

    20 Shakespeare Children's Stories (Easy Classics)

    Graphic Shakespeare Series

    Shakespeare for Everyone S.

    Akasha Classic

    Graphic Shakespeare

    20 Shakespeare Children's Stories


    Classical Comics Teaching Resource Pack

    Bloom's Shakespeare Through the Ages

    Who was...?

    Young Reading Series 2

    Classics Illustrated

    Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations

    Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations (Hardcover)

    OMG Shakespeare

    Manny Man Does Shakespeare

    Global Shakespeare S.

    Macmillan Communicative Shakespeare S.

    Know About Series

    Literature: Active Shakespeare

    Stratford Shakespeare Series

    York Notes Advanced

    Applause Books

    Shakespeare Graphics

    A Barbara Holdridge Book

    The Arden Shakespeare Third Series

    The Arden Shakespeare

    Oxford School Shakespeare

    Key Spelling

    Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Classics

    Orient Longman Drama Classics S.

    The New Cambridge Shakespeare

    Arden Shakespeare

    Oxford World's Classics

    Cambridge School Shakespeare

    The Applause Shakespeare Library

    Cliffs Notes S.

    Educational Shakespeare S.

    Shakespeare 2000

    Folens Shakespeare Series

    Shakespeare Comic Books

    Active Shakespeare Series

    York Notes Key Stage 3

    Shakespeare at Stratford Series

    Arden Shakespeare: Second Series

    Shorter Shakespeare S.

    Senior English Literature Guides

    Simply Shakespeare S.

    Shakespeare Made Easy

    Easy Read Shakespeare

    RSC School Shakespeare

    New Cambridge Shakespeare Audio

    Audio Education Study Guides

    A Colouring Classic

    Sourcebooks Shakespeare

    William Shakespeare

    The Bedford Shakespeare Series

    Macmillan modern Shakespeare

    Shakespeare's Tales


    Shakespeare Stories

    Cliffs notes

    Oxford Progressive English Readers

    The Colouring Books

    New Longman Literature

    Penguin Readers (Graded Readers)

    Study Texts S.

    The Student's Shakespeare

    Illustrated Shakespeare

    New Swan Shakespeare

    Tales from Shakespeare S.

    Poetry for Kids

    A Classic Journal

    Egmont classics

    Baker Street Readers

    Manga Classics

    Shakespeare simple English translations

    Collins Classroom Classics

    The 30-Minute Shakespeare