Sheldon Allan SIlverstein was born in Chicago Illinois on September 25, 1930.
Shel has always had an interest in Cartoons and drawing. He began drawing cartoons at the age of 12.
Shel Graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1948.
Shel Silverstein grew up in Logan Square neighborhood in Chicago.
Shel later attended the University of Illinois where he was expelled. He then transferred to the School of Art Institute of Chicago.