Shel Silverstein Author Study
Life/Writing Career • Silverstein was an American poet, singer-songwriter, musician, composer, cartoonist, screenwriter, and author of children’s books. • He was born in Chicago, and was writing by the time we was 12. He graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School and went on to attend the Art Institute of Chicago. • He made cartoons in the military. Then he was introduced to an editor who said he should write for children. Many of his books were poems and drawings. • Shel Silverstein passed away on May 10, 1999 from a heart attack in Key West, Florida.
List of Books Every Thing On It Falling Up A Giraffe and a Half The Giving Tree Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back A Light in the Attic The Missing Piece The Missing Piece Meets the Big O Runny Babbit Where the Sidewalk Ends Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros? Don’t’ Bump the Glump
Quotes • “Draw a crazy picture, Write a nutty poem, Sing a mumble-gumblesong,Whistle through your comb. Do a loony-goony dance 'Cross the kitchen floor, Put something silly in the world That ain't been there before.” - Shel Silverstein • “How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live 'em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give 'em.” - Shel Silverstein
Awards • 1. Grammy Awards for Best Country Song, "A Boy Named Sue":1969. • 2. Grammy Awards for Best Children's Recording was for Where the Sidewalk Ends in 1984. • 3. ALA Notable Book for Where the Sidewalk Ends in 1974. • 4. Outstanding Book Award for Where the Sidewalk Ends in 1974. • 5. Best Book Award in 1981 for A Light in the Attic. • 6.Children's Choice Award for The Missing Piece Meets the Big O in 1982. • 7.William Allen Book Award for A Light in the Attic in 1984.
Related Websites • http://www.shelsilverstein.com/play.asp • www.poets.org/ssilv/ • faculty.weber.edu/chansen/humanweb/projects/.../biography.htm • www.shelsilverstein.com/indexSite.html