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Shel Silverstein

September 25, 1930 – May 9, 1999

Inducted in 2014


Take Ten (1955)

Grab Your Socks! (1956)

Now Here's My Plan (1960)

Uncle Shelby's ABZ Book (1960)

Playboy's Teevee Jeebies (1963)

Uncle Shelby's Story of Lafcadio: The Lion Who Shot Back (1963)

A Giraffe and a Half (1964)

The Giving Tree (1964)

Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros? (1964)

Uncle Shelby's Zoo: Don't Bump the Glump! and Other Fantasies (1964)

More Playboy's Teevee Jeebies (1965)

Where the Sidewalk Ends (1974)

The Missing Piece (1976)

The Devil And Billy Markham (1979)

Different Dances (1979)

A Light in the Attic (1981).

The Missing Piece Meets the Big O (1981)

Falling Up (1996)

Draw a Skinny Elephant (1998)

Runny Babbit (2005)

Don't Bump the Glump! and Other Fantasies (2008)

Every Thing On It (2011) (Published posthumously)

People who say they create only for themselves and don't care if they are published...I hate to hear talk like that. If it's good, it's too good not to share.

Silverstein grew up on Palmer Street in Chicago and attended Darwin Elementary, Roosevelt High School, University of Illinois and Roosevelt University. He is best known as the author of iconic books of prose including such modern classics as The Giving TreeA Giraffe and a Half, and The Missing Piece. His immensely popular poetry collections are Where the Sidewalk Ends; A Light in the Attic; Falling Up and Don’t Bump the Glump! and Other Fantasies. 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.

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