Kenn Nesbitt-Children’s Author and Poet
Kenn Alyward Nesbitt is a children's poet, author, and lyricist. Kenn Nesbitt's poems are filled with humor and bring out the giggles in children. Children love his poems and enjoy reading them.
All About Kenn Nesbitt
Kenn Nesbitt was born on February 20, 1962, in Berkeley, California. He lives in, Spokane Washington with his wife, Ann, son Max and daughter Madison. He has a pet cat named Raki.
Kenn Nesbitt grew up in Fresno and San Diego, California, United States. He studied computer engineering at the National University in San Deigo. Kenn Nesbitt worked in Microsoft as a computer software engineer from 1992-1994 before becoming a full-fledged poet.
The works of Ogden Nash, Dennis Lee, Bruce Lansky and many other poets who write for children inspired him greatly. On June 11, 2013, the Poetry Foundation honored him with the title “Children’s Poet Laureate.” Kenn Nesbitt is a full-time member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
In his very own words (source-poetry4kids.com) "I guess I have this strange notion that anyone can change the world if they really want to. Even you. Even me. I know it always makes me feel good when I read a funny poem or hear a funny song. So, in my own small way, I'm trying to do my part to help people laugh, and just maybe make the world a happier place."
Works of Kenn Nesbitt
The very first children's poem that he wrote was "Scrawny Tawny Skinner" in 1994. Shortly after this, he wrote, "My Foot Fell Asleep" and "Binkley". During 1995 and 1996 he wrote three or four poems a year that included "You Can Never Be Too Careful" and "A Melancholy Tale".
In 1998, he published his first poetry collection called, "My Foot Fell Asleep". He published a sequel to this titled "I've seen My Kitchen Sink" in 1999. He followed this up with a third book "Sailing Off to Singapore" in 2000. "The Aliens Have Landed at Our School" was published by Meadowbrook Press in 2001.
Kenn Nesbitt’s first collection of poems about school "When the Teacher Isn't Looking: And Other Funny School Poems" was published by Meadowbrook Press in 2005. He co-authored "Santa Got Stuck In the Chimney" with Linda Knauss.
He also wrote two collections of poetry "My Hippo Has the Hiccups: And Other Poems I Totally Made Up" and "Revenge of The Lunch Ladies".
Kenn Nesbitt has published many books with other publishers that include Scholastic, Chronicle Books, National Geographic Learning and Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.
Many of his poems have featured in school textbooks, magazines, TV, audio CD's, many anthologies of funny poetry and even restaurant placemats.
Kenn Nesbitt‘s poems have featured in "Jack Hanna's Wildlife Adventures and Thrill Hunt" TV programs. He has written lyrics for the group "Eric Hermann and the Invisible Band".
Kenn Nesbitt created the web page "poetry4kids" to share his poetry with children around the world. He writes a poem every week and posts it on the site.
Currently Kenn Nesbitt
Kenn Nesbitt visits schools throughout the school year, in person and online. During these visits, he conducts writing assembly programs and workshops. His aim is to help children discover the joy of reading and writing through poetry.
Kenn Nesbitt has given performances and educational presentations to many elementary, middle school and high school children. His performances are usually three to four-hour sessions during which he incorporates poetry writing and tons of funny poems. This is followed by a book signing and Q&A sessions.
As of now, he is on his onward journey of writing funny poems for children to enjoy.
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