William Shakespeare was born sometime in April (no one is really sure of the exact date) and died on April 23, 1616. During his prolific production of plays and poetry, he's responsible for creating many words and phrases still used in the English language today. In his honor, check out some of these works inspired by the bard, some of which may be better suited for younger readers.

Picture of Shakespeare is Public Domain

Non-Fiction Featuring Shakespeare

Beloved author Beverly Cleary turns 100 years old on April 12th.  She started publishing books in 1950, with Henry Huggins as the first in not only a series of books featuring Henry, his friend Beezus, and her sister Ramona, but also the first in a career spanning over 40 years. She's won several awards, including the Newbery Medal in 1984 for Dear Mr. Henshaw, Newbery Honors for Ramona and Her Father in 1978 and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 in 1982, and the National Book Award for Ramona and Her Mother in 1981. Her birthday has been recognized for years as National Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) Day to promote sustained silent reading. If you haven't checked out her writings already, take this opportunity to read one of her books in her honor. A number of these titles are also available for free to read on the computer or to listen to as audiobooks.

Image credit from State Library Photograph Collection, 1851-1990, Washington State Archives, Digital

Autobiographies About Her Life

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