Ten Reasons You Should Check Out Shel Silverstein:

10.

Shel Silverstein knows why you are late for school:

9.

Shel Silverstein understands the value of family:

8.

Shel Silverstein knows all about overdue library books…

Shel Silverstein Tumblr librarian

Image from: http://thelifeguardlibrarian.tumblr.com

7.

Shel Silverstein was published in Playboy Magazine back in the early days:

6.

Which might be why so many people tried to ban these Silverstein poetry volumes:

A Light in the Attic

or

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Banned books are books other people think you shouldn’t read. I like to read banned books because I like to make my own decisions about things. Plus, censorship isn’t my cup of tea!

5.

Uncle Shelby’s beard:

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& his poem “My Beard”

4.

Shel Silverstein didn’t want to be just one thing. He was an author, a playwright, a poet, a cartoonist, a songwriter and so much more. He led a fairly private life, but you can read more about Shel in the biography A Boy Named Shel: The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein by Rogak.

3.

Shel Silverstein wrote one of the songs made famous by Johnny Cash. You might have heard of it:

2.

Shel Silverstein wrote The Missing Piece, which I have chosen to interpret as Pac-Man fan fiction. (Don’t judge me!)

1.

Shel Silverstein died in 1999, but he left his legacy for you to carry on:

LuckYeahSilverstein

 

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