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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

Ira's Shakespeare dream by Glenda Armand

"A biography chronicling the life of Ira Aldridge, an African American actor who is considered to be one of the greatest Shakespearean actors of the nineteenth century"--.

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

"Generations of children have grown up with Henry Huggins, Ramona Quimby, and all of their friends, families, and assorted pets. For everyone who enjoyed the pranks and schemes, embarassing moments, and all of the other poignant and colorful images of childhood brought to life in Beverly Cleary books, here is the fascinating true story of the remarkable woman who created them." --From back of book.

National Poetry Month Biographies

Celebrate National Poetry Month by getting to know more about the lives of some of our greatest poets:
 

Longfellow: a rediscovered life by Charles C. Calhoun

 

 

Yeats's ghosts: the secret life of W.B. Yeats by Brenda Maddox

 

 

 

 

Dylan Thomas: a new life by Andrew Lycett

 

 

 

 

From noon to starry night: a life of Walt Whitman by Philip Callow

 

 

 

 

Rough magic: a biography of Sylvia Plath by Paul Alexander

 

Erin go Bragh!

Biographies for St. Patrick's Day:
 

St. Patrick of Ireland: a biography by Philip Freeman

 

 

Damned to fame: the life of Samuel Beckett by James Knowlson

 

 

 

 

Michael Collins: a life by James Mackay

 

 

 

 

Yeats's ghosts: the secret life of W.B. Yeats by Brenda Maddox

 

 

 

 

Loitering with intent: The child by Peter O'Toole

 

 

 

 

Celebrating Extraordinary Women In History

Marie Curie. Eleanor Roosevelt. Susan B. Anthony. Elizabeth I of England. Florence Nightingale. These remarkable women are well known to most of us, but there are many others in history just as remarkable whose names may not be as recognizable. In honor of Women's History Month we should all make some time to learn about them by reading some of the many biographies to found in the library's collection:

Bella Abzug: how one tough broad from the Bronx fought Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy, pissed off Jimmy Carter, battled for the rights of women and workers, rallied against war and for the planet, and shook up politics along the way: an oral history by Suzanne Braun Levine and Mary Thom — Bella Abzug, American lawyer, congresswoman and social activist

Jane Addams and the dream of American democracy: a life by Jean Bethke Elshtain — Jane Addams, American social reformer, suffrage leader and the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

Hooray for Old Hollywood!

Long before Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were big names in the movies, actors such as Chaplin, Dietrich, Bogart, and Gable were considered the ultimate in star power. Read about some of the great actors and actresses who may be gone, but will certainly not be forgotten.

Robert Mitchum: "baby, I don't care" by Lee Server

Dark lover: the life and death of Rudolph Valentino by Emily W. Leider

Bogart by A.M. Sperber and Eric Lax

Kindergarten

Fred and Velma want to debunk the stories of ghosts and ghouls at Crystal Cove after the kids of Mystery Incorporated arrive in the small village, but the locals do not seem anxious to have their mysteries solved.

Detective Jeffrey Bones hates taking math tests, especially one he has forgotten to study for, so when his test paper goes missing he must make a choice--retake the test and try to do better, or find the missing paper.

Daniel's mystery egg by Alma Flor Ada

When he finds an egg, Daniel and his friends try to guess what is inside.

The kids of the Academy of Planetary Evolution race from the Cenozoic era to the modern age, making their way through the evolution of mammals, but when the Bone Wars of the late 1800s threaten to break over to the modern age, Jenna, Caleb, and Ari find themselves in a fight alongside some of history's most notable figures as they race to ensure the safety of the world's history, and its future.

In 1941, ten-year-old Joseph Joffo and his older brother, Maurice, must hide their Jewish heritage and undertake a long and dangerous journey from Nazi-occupied Paris to reach their other brothers in the free zone.

Battling Boy by Paul Pope

As monsters roam Acropolis and swallow children into their shadowy underworld, twelve-year-old superhero Battling Boy steps in to save the city in the absence of genius vigilante Haggard West.

Cat burglar black by Richard Sala

K.'s aunt, who works at the Bellsong Academy for Girls, has invited K. to attend the school. But as soon as she arrives, K. notices some strange goings-on: her aunt has suddenly taken ill; there are only three other students and no regular classes; and a statue speaks to K. when no one else is around.

Alison Dare is not your typical twelve-year-old. She's the daughter of an archaeologist/adventurer and the masked hero known as the Blue Scarab. To top it off, she's also the niece of an international super-spy; it's no surprise that a craving for danger is in her blood!

Nathaniel, a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.

Courtney Crumrin and her family move into the Victorian mansion of their rich uncle, Professor Aloysius Crumrin, and almost immediately she encounters strange creatures in dark corners that her uncle refers to as "Night Things".

Presents the latest entry in the graphically illustrated series featuring artwork by such rising contributors as Johane Matte, Steve Hamaker, and Faith Erin Hicks.

Ariol. 3, Happy as a pig... by Emmanuel Guibert

Ariol, a twelve-year-old donkey living in the suburbs, has mischevous adventures with his best friend, Ramono, who is a pig with a snout like an electrical socket.

Fictionalized accounts of the true stories of three people who made separate attempts to travel around the world in the late nineteenth century, including Thomas Stevens, who made the journey on a bicycle, reporter Nellie Bly, who used conventional methods of travel, and sea captain Joshua Slocum, the first person to sail around the world alone.

Azzi in between by Sarah Garland

Azzi and her parents are in danger. They have to leave their home and escape to another country on a frightening journey by car and boat. In the new country they must learn to speak a new language, find a new home and Azzi must start a new school. Will Azzi ever see her grandma again?

Broxo by Zack Giallongo

Broxo, the only surviving member of a tribe of barbarians, spends his time on a mountain hunting and avoiding the man-eating walking dead until everything changes when Zora, a foreign princess, arrives on the mountain seeking Broxo's lost tribe.

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