My Six Favorite Shel Silverstein Poems

Yesterday, I spent the day with the most adorable little six year old. We had a tea party and we played board games but my favorite part of the afternoon was the time we spent reading Shel Silverstein poems together. Shel Silverstein books, especially The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends, were a huge part of my childhood and I am not sure I would have grown up to be the poetry lover that I am today if I hadn’t been introduced to Shel Silverstein’s poems as a child. Since it’s National Poetry Month and I had so much fun reading these wonderful poems with Maddie, I decided to share some of my all-time favorite Shel Silverstein poems. Enjoy!

#6. Boa Constrictor – One of my favorite poems to read to small children, Boa Constrictor never fails to bring on the giggles, especially if you are like me and like to ham it up when you read. Or, if you are musically inclined, you can always sing this poem, which was turned into a fun children’s song and performed by Shel Silverstein, himself.

#5. Crowded Tub – This silly poem brings back fond memories of being plopped in the tub with my sisters after long summer days playing outside. (Read it here)

#4. The Unicorn – Made famous by The Irish Rovers,  The Unicorn Song was one of my favorite songs as a little girl. Despite the unfortunate ending, the song itself is infectious and so much fun to sing along to.

#3. Listen to the Mustn’ts – One of Shel Silverstein’s most inspirational poems, Listen to the Mustn’ts has a great message for poetry lovers of all ages. (Read it here)

#2. Hug O’ War – One of my favorite poems of all time, Hug O’ War is particularly wonderful to read with a little one you love because it almost always ends with a hug and a cuddle! (Read it here)

#1. Invitation – It was hard to pick which poem would get this top spot but I chose Invitation because it expresses so much of what I feel about this blog and C. S. Literary Jewelry in general. I love how this crazy journey as a jewelry designer and entrepreneur has brought me in contact with so many wonderful dreamers, wishers, and magic bean buyers.


If you are a dreamer, come in
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer…
If you’re a pretender, come sit by the fire
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.
Come in!
Come in!

Did your favorite Shel Silverstein poems make the list? Let me know in the comments!

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2 Responses to My Six Favorite Shel Silverstein Poems

  1. I love reading your blog!

    This is a wonderful highlight and inspires me to read his work again as I loved his books when I introduced them to my children !

    I have made his books into book purses too!!

    • Thanks Karen! I am so glad you enjoyed this post. (Of course, now I am drooling over the thought of a Shel Silverstein book purse!)

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