Ten Reasons You Should Check Out Shel Silverstein:
Shel Silverstein knows why you are late for school:
Shel Silverstein understands the value of family:
Shel Silverstein knows all about overdue library books…
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Shel Silverstein was published in Playboy Magazine back in the early days:
Which might be why so many people tried to ban these Silverstein poetry volumes:
A Light in the Attic
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!
Uncle Shelby’s beard:
& his poem “My Beard”
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.
Shel Silverstein wrote one of the songs made famous by Johnny Cash. You might have heard of it:
Shel Silverstein wrote The Missing Piece, which I have chosen to interpret as Pac-Man fan fiction. (Don’t judge me!)
Shel Silverstein died in 1999, but he left his legacy for you to carry on: