Notable Date to Celebrate: September 25th is Shel Silverstein's birthday

You probably already know that at CMLE, we offer a service called “Notable Dates for your Noggin” which feature special holidays and birthdays of authors, as well as publications of well-known books. In an effort to help you get more from this service, we’ve decided to select one “Notable Date” each month to feature. We will include a few fun programming and activity ideas too, all for you to use!


September 25th is Shel Silverstein’s birthday. Silverstein is well known for his children’s literature, poetry, and music. You can listen to him read his poem Backward Bill here, and even subscribe to the Shel Silverstein YouTube channel for more content.

If you are looking for some biographical information on Silverstein, check out this article from which talks about his life and also gives some fast facts about the writer, including that he won a Grammy award in 1969 for A Boy Named Sue performed by Johnny Cash.

Love The Giving Tree? Celebrate by making some Giving Tree apple cupcakes!

Make math more fun with these poetry inspired activities.

Get creative and pick your favorite Shel Silverstein poem to draw some accompanying illustrations!

Want more Shel Silverstein activities or information? Check out this website for wallpapers, e-cards, and lesson plans.



Looking for more fun holidays or days to celebrate? Check out our Notable Dates Page!