Shel Silverstein

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General Information

Name: Shel Silverstein

Pen Name: None

Born in Chicago, Illinois On September 25, 1930

Died in Key West, Florida on May 10, 1999


Illinois Connection

Shel Silverstein grew up on Palmer Street in Chicago and attended Darwin Elementary, Roosevelt High School, University Of Illinois and Roosevelt University. He was a lifelong White Sox fan and worked as a hotdog vendor at the original Comiskey Park when he was young. His popularity with both the young and the old, and connection to his birthplace, all came together on July 13, 2009, when Millennium Park celebrated its 5th birthday with a night of song and spoken word in his honor called SHELabration.

Biographical and Professional Information

Shel Silverstein was a poet, songwriter, composer, cartoonist, screenwriter and children's writer.

Published Works

  • Falling up, Harper Collins, 2003
  • The Giving Tree, Harper, 1964
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends, The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein, Harper, 1974
  • The Missing Piece, Harper, 1976
  • Different Dances, Harper, 1979
  • A Light in the Attic, Harper, 1981
  • The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, Harper, 1981
  • Poetry Galore and More, Upstart Library, 1993
  • Runny Babbit, Harper Collins, 1996
  • Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros, Simon & Schuster, 2002
  • Uncle Shelby`s Zoo, Don`t Bump the Glump, Simon & Schuster, 1964

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Light in the Attic

ISBN: 0060513063
Release Date: 2002-10

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Don't Bump the Glump!: And Other Fantasies

ISBN: 0061493384
Release Date: 2014-02-18

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Literary Awards

New York Times Outstanding Book Award in 1974, Michigan Young Readers` Award in 1981, and George G. Stone Award in 1984, all for Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems & Drawings of Shel Silverstein

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (No)

External Links

Shel Silverstein on WorldCat

Shel Silverstein on Amazon


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