Shel Silverstein’s Lafcadio Turns 50!

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The 50th Anniversary of Shel Silverstein’s First Children’s Book Kicks Off Yearlong Celebration

HarperCollins Children’s Books celebrates an extraordinary landmark this fall: the 50th anniversary of Shel Silverstein’s very first children’s book, Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. First published in 1963, Lafcadio launched Shel Silverstein’s career in children’s literature, ushering in his most prolific year, 1964, when he wrote and illustrated The Giving Tree, Don’t Bump the Glump!, A Giraffe and a Half, and Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros? The Lafcadio 50th anniversary will kick off a major yearlong marketing campaign to commemorate Shel Silverstein’s tremendous work, with a multitude of noteworthy upcoming anniversaries, culminating on October 7, 2014, the 50th anniversary of The Giving Tree.

To coincide with the publication of the 50th anniversary edition of Lafcadio, will be relaunched on September 24, 2013, featuring a whole new online experience with a user-friendly and simple-to-navigate site. The sharp new design allows users to quickly find books, resources, and content such as original artwork from the Shel Silverstein archives, interactive games based on Silverstein’s books, and classroom activities for kids. To celebrate the website launch and this momentous anniversary, the site will showcase a rarely seen piece of Lafcadio art for a limited time.

Generations have grown up with the works of Shel Silverstein, known not only as a poet and illustrator but also for his work as a cartoonist, playwright, performer, recording artist, and Grammy Award–winning songwriter. He has encouraged children to dream and dare to imagine the impossible with his amazing poetry and unforgettable characters. Now new and old fans alike will continue to experience and discover the remarkable imagination of Shel Silverstein, and all readers will delight in the timeless magic of Shel’s work.

Silverstein’s children’s books have sold more than 35 million hardcover copies in the U.S. alone and have been translated into 46 foreign editions.

Shel Silverstein is the author of Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back; A Giraffe and a Half; The Giving Tree; Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?; Don’t Bump the Glump!; Where the Sidewalk Ends; The Missing Piece; A Light in the Attic; The Missing Piece Meets the Big O; Falling Up; Runny Babbit; and Every Thing On It. He was a cartoonist, playwright, poet, performer, recording artist, and Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated songwriter. Shel Silverstein’s children’s books have sold more than 35 million hardcover copies in the U.S. alone and have been translated into 46 foreign editions. You can learn more about Shel and his books by visiting


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