Gold, Marv. Silverstein and Me: A Memoir. Granada Hills, Calif.: Red Hen Press, 2009. A fond reminiscence of Silverstein’s life and work written by a lifelong friend and a fellow cartoonist, with an emphasis on how his early work for Playboy shaped his later career.
Huck, Charlotte S., and Barbara Zulandt Kiefer, eds. Children’s Literature in the Elementary School. Hightstown, N.J.: McGraw-Hill, 2003. A text for teachers of elementary and junior high school students that explores aspects of how to instill in children a lifelong love in reading through the use of picture books and poetry; includes works by Silverstein as illustrations of dynamic children’s literature.
Leonard, Hal. All Music Guide to Country: The Definitive Guide to Country Music. San Francisco: Backbeat Books, 2003. A collection of informative biographies and essays about the growth of country music; includes a section on Silverstein’s contributions to the genre.
Pitt, Jeannie. Hugs and Popsicles: A Cure for the Imagine-Nation. Illustrated by Stephen M. Phillips II. Scotts Valley, Calif.: CreateSpace, 2009. A collection of poems for children and the adults who raise them, this book includes a number of Silverstein’s poems, selected because they illustrate the importance of using one’s imagination.
Rogak, Lisa. A Boy Named Shel: The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2009. A new biography of the energetic, well-liked but reclusive multitalented Silverstein, based on original research and interviews with those who knew him best.
Rosow, La Vergne. Light ’n’ Lively Reads for ESL, Adult, and Teen Readers: A Thematic Bibliography. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Libraries Unlimited, 1996. Alisting of resources for teachers and parents of English-as-a-second-language students and reluctant readers, featuring a generous selection of Silverstein’s poetical works, complete with detailed indexes.