Everything On It!

On my drive into work today, I tuned to NPR (National Public Radio).  Yes, I listen to public radio.  When I am not interested in booty shaking music or jokes at 6:30am, I listen to NPR.  Anyways, this is not about NPR.  Today they did a 7 minute feature on the author, poet Shel Silverstein.

Silverstein was born into a Jewish family and had two children.  Later in life, Silverstein loved to spend time at his favorite places, such as Greenwich Village, Key West, Martha’s Vineyard and Sausalito, California. Silverstein continued to create plays, songs, poems, stories and drawings until his death in 1999. He died at his home in Key West, Florida on May 9, 1999,of a heart attack, and his body was found by two housekeepers the following Monday, May 10. It was reported that he could have died on either day that weekend.

Shel Silverstein—the late cartoonist, singer, songwriter, playwright, and mega-selling author of such classics as The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends—didn’t like children’s literature. Spoon-feeding kids sugar-sweet stories just wasn’t his style. Fortunately for generations of young readers, someone convinced him to do something about it—namely, break the mold himself. Using edgy humor, clever rhymes, and tripped-out drawings, Silverstein achieved the impossible. He bridged the worlds of adult and children’s art, while becoming wildly popular in the process.

Read the full text here: http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/31129#ixzz1YW3L1f1B –by mental_floss!

Shel Silverstein left behind a ton of unpublished poems and artwork.  In the past year his family has selected 145 of those unseen poems and drawings and have released the posthumous book  Every Thing On It by everyone’s favorite poet.

To hear the broadcast from today,  click on the NPR link where you will also hear a few poems read by his family.

NPR news broadcast about Everything On It!

NPR Blog about Everything On It!

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Did you know:  His books were banned in many libraries

Shel Silverstein Book Cover

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  • I just came across my childhood copies of The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends. Thanks you for posting this. It brings back so many memories for me!

    • I happy to hear that! 🙂 I was so excited to hear about the new book I almost went to the bookstore instead of going to work. lol!

  • I love Shel Silverstein! I just heard about this new book earlier today!

  • When I used to own a children’s bookstore this was one of the books people asked for most often. It wasn’t one of my favorites but children loved it. I heard the interview on NPR it was so touching 🙂

  • Shel Silverstein was one of my favorite authors as a kid…but who am I kidding, I still love him. Thanks for the interesting article. I’ll have to look into his new book. Great idea for a Christmas present. 🙂