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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Poetry

Born: September 25, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois


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 Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- "Where the Sidewalk Ends"

-- *New York Times Outstanding Book Award, 1974,

-- *Michigan Young Readers` Award, 1981

-- *George G. Stone Award, 1984


-- """Other Awards and Honors"""

-- *Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2014