Shakespeare for Children

Which Shakespeare plays are best for elementary and middle school kids?

Spark Notes publishes original Shakespeare plays with a modern English translation on adjacent faces. This translation makes Shakespeare classics accessible to young readers. The works below are grouped by grade level, with the comedies being the most enjoyable way to introduce children to the ideas and language of Shakespeare.

The comedies are the best introduction to Shakespeare, such as Twelfth Night,  A Comedy of Errors and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

As You Like It (No Fear Shakespeare)

by SparkNotes [SparkNotes]
Rank/Rating: 91529/-
Price: $5.95

A Midsummer Night's Dream (No Fear Shakespeare)

by SparkNotes [SparkNotes]
Rank/Rating: 35882/-
Price: $5.59

The Taming of the Shrew (No Fear Shakespeare)

by SparkNotes [SparkNotes]
Rank/Rating: 22580/-
Price: $3.70

The Comedy of Errors (No Fear Shakespeare)

by SparkNotes [SparkNotes]
Rank/Rating: 55077/-
Price: $3.45

The Tempest (No Fear Shakespeare)

by William Shakespeare [SparkNotes]
Rank/Rating: 16400/-
Price: $5.95

Much Ado About Nothing (No Fear Shakespeare)

by SparkNotes [SparkNotes]
Rank/Rating: 10748/-
Price: $3.40

Twelfth Night (No Fear Shakespeare)

by William Shakespeare [SparkNotes]
Rank/Rating: 11435/-
Price: $3.37

The tragedies and histories introduce complex emotional ideas.

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Romeo and Juliet (No Fear Shakespeare)

by William Shakespeare [SparkNotes]
Rank/Rating: 925/-
Price: $4.99

No Fear Shakespeare: Henry V

by John C. Crowther [SparkNotes]
Rank/Rating: 24657/-
Price: $5.93

Works with more advanced ideas and subject matter.

Antony & Cleopatra (No Fear Shakespeare)

by SparkNotes [SparkNotes]
Rank/Rating: 98310/-
Price: $4.03

Hamlet (No Fear Shakespeare)

by William Shakespeare [SparkNotes]
Rank/Rating: 12335/-
Price: $3.36

King Lear (No Fear Shakespeare)

by SparkNotes [SparkNotes]
Rank/Rating: 24156/-
Price: $4.43

Spark Notes No Fear Shakespeare Othello (SparkNotes No Fear Shakespeare)

by SparkNotes [SparkNotes]
Rank/Rating: 10213/-
Price: $5.59

Sonnets (No Fear Shakespeare)

by SparkNotes [SparkNotes]
Rank/Rating: 247838/-
Price: $6.95

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Richard III (No Fear Shakespeare)

by SparkNotes [SparkNotes]
Rank/Rating: 86393/-
Price: $4.03

The Merchant of Venice (SparkNotes No Fear Shakespeare)

by SparkNotes Editors [SparkNotes]
Rank/Rating: 49742/-
Price: $5.95

July 08th, 2013 Posted by Jon Jaroker Filed in: Childrens Literature

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