Sheldon Allan Silverstein (September 25, 1930 – May 10, 1999) was an American writer known for his cartoons, songs, and children’s books.

He styled himself as Uncle Shelby in some works. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages and have sold more than 20 million copies. He was the recipient of two Grammy Awards, as well as Golden Globe Award and Academy Award nominations.

Books in order of publication:

  • Take Ten (Pacific Stars and Stripes, 1955); reissued in paperback as Grab Your Socks! (Ballantine Books, 1956)
  • Now Here’s My Plan (Simon & Schuster, 1960) (first collection of American magazine cartoons)
  • Uncle Shelby’s ABZ Book (Simon & Schuster, 1960) (first book of original material for adults)
  • Playboy’s Teevee Jeebies (Playboy Press, 1963)
  • Uncle Shelby’s Story of Lafcadio: The Lion Who Shot Back (Harper & Row, 1963) (first children’s book)
  • A Giraffe and a Half (HarperCollins, 1964)
  • The Giving Tree (HarperCollins, 1964)
  • Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros? (Macmillan, 1964)
  • Uncle Shelby’s Zoo: Don’t Bump the Glump! and Other Fantasies (Simon & Schuster, 1964)
  • More Playboy’s Teevee Jeebies (Playboy Press, 1965)
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends (HarperCollins, 1974) (first collection of poems)
  • The Missing Piece (HarperCollins, 1976)
  • The Devil And Billy Markham (Playboy 25th Anniversary Issue, January 1979)
  • Different Dances (HarperCollins, 1979)
  • A Light in the Attic (Harper & Row, 1981) (First Edition stated)
  • The Missing Piece Meets the Big O (HarperCollins, 1981)
  • Falling Up (HarperCollins, 1996)
  • Draw a Skinny Elephant (HarperCollins, 1998)
  • Runny Babbit (HarperCollins, 2005) (published posthumously)
  • Don’t Bump the Glump! and Other Fantasies (HarperCollins, 2008 reissue)
  • Every Thing On It (HarperCollins, 2011) (published posthumously)
  • Runny Babbit Returns (HarperCollins, 2017) (published posthumously)