Did You Know? Acclaimed children’s author and illustrator Shel Silverstein was an Illinois nativeShel Silverstein grew up in Chicago and attended Theodore Roosevelt High School, the Art Institute of Chicago and Roosevelt University

His most notable works, “The Giving Tree” and “Where the Sidewalk Ends,” are still read by children across the world and hold sentimental value for many generations. Many of his works are sold worldwide, and “The Giving Tree” has been translated into more than 30 languages.

In addition to his children’s books, poetry and cartoons, Silverstein was an accomplished songwriter. His most recognizable song is Johnny Cash’s 1969 single: “A Boy Named Sue.” He also wrote songs for Waylon Jennings, Gordon Lightfoot and Loretta Lynn.

Learn more:
Shel Silverstein biography
The Official Shel Silverstein site