Shel Silverstein Set to Music | We're celebrating the life and work of chart-topping, Grammy Award-winning songwriter Shel Silverstein. (Yes, you read that right.) Like most people, you probably think of Silverstein as a children's book author, and you've got that right. He became famous after the publication of one of his first children's books, The Giving Tree. But Silverstein's career proved extremely diverse, and it neither began nor ended with his writings for children.