Shel Silverstein Poems
have been a staple on children's reading lists for nearly five decades.
Silverstein himself began
to write and draw as a child in his native Chicago. After a brief
sojourn at the Art Institute of Chicago, he enlisted in the US armed
forces during the Korean War, where he landed a job at 'Stars and
Stripes', the official newspaper of the US Military.
Working on the paper a cartoonist, he created the 'Take Ten' comic
series which later became the title of his first book.
After completion of his military service, Shel returned to Chicago
where he began to submit illustrations to national publications. His
work soon appeared in magazines such as Sports Illustrated.
In 1957 he was hired as a cartoonist by Playboy Magazine, where he
produced a series called "Shel Silverstein Visits', documenting his
travels around the world on behalf of the publication.
encouraged to write children's poems by his
Harper Collins, Ursula Nordstrom. In 1964, he published his first book
of Shel Silverstein poems for children called “The Giving Tree," and
went on to win
York Times Outstanding Book Award in 1974 for his work "Where
Missing Piece Meets the Big O," a sequel to
"The Missing Piece," won the International Reading Association's
Children's Choice Award in 1982. A more recent work of Shel Silverstein
poems is called, "Falling Up: Poems and Drawings," which appeared in
bookstores in 1996, and was roundly acclaimed by critics.
In addition to writing poetry he was an accomplished
playwright and songwriter.
went on to pen 12 books of poetry and illustrations for
youth to such beloved characters as Headphone Harold, and
O'Dare, the dancin' bear. HIs characters are whimsical and
endearing, and feature prominently throughout Shel Silverstein poems.
Shel Silverstein died in 1999.
are pleased to announce that a new work of previously unpublished Shel
Silverstein poems has just been released. It is called "Everything On
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Below you will find a sampling of Shel Silverstein poems for children.