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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Shel Silverstein  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children; Children;


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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

Selected Titles At Your Library

Falling up :
ISBN: 0060513098. OCLC Number:

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A collection of humorous poems and drawings.

The giving tree /
ISBN: 0060840986. OCLC Number:

HarperCollinsPublishers,. [New York] :. [2005?]

A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him without thought of return. A parable that offers an interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.

A light in the attic /
ISBN: 0060513063. OCLC Number:

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A collection of humorous poems and drawings.

Runny Babbit :
ISBN: 0060823968. OCLC Number:

Harper Children's Audio,. New York :. ℗2005.

Runny Babbit's topsy-turvy world is brought to life through wordplay and drawings.

Who wants a cheap rhinoceros? /
ISBN: 0689851138. OCLC Number:

Macmillan ;. New York, NY :. ©1983.

Overview: Looking for a new pet? Bored with cats, dogs, goldfish, gerbils, and hamsters? How about a cheap rhinoceros? Shel Silverstein's loving look at the joys of rhino ownership may convince you to be the one lucky kid to take home this very, very unusual pet. There are lots of things a rhinoceros can do around one's house, including eating bad report cards before one's parents see them, tiptoeing downstairs for a midnight snack, and collecting extra allowance.

Don't bump the glump! :
ISBN: 0061493384. OCLC Number:

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A most unusual collection of whacky, funny, scary creatures with imaginative fantasies in verse.


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

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