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A Biography of Kenn Nesbitt - Famous Children's Author and Poet

Updated on March 21, 2016
Kenn Nesbitt
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Kenn Alyward Nesbitt is a poet, author and lyricist. Kenn Nesbitt's poems are filled with humor and bring out the giggles in children and adults alike. Children love his poems and enjoy reading them.

All about Kenn Nesbitt

Kenn Aylward Nesbitt was born on February 20, 1962, in Berkeley, California to Carolyn Diane Nesbitt and Harold Edwin Ross Nesbitt, Jr.

He grew up in Fresna and Sandiego, California, USA. He went to school in Fresna, California from Kindergarten through third grade. From fourth to sixth grade he attended Kirk Elementary School in Fresna. In 1973, he attended Pacific Beach Junior High School, followed by Mission Bay High School and La Jolla High School. He has an elder brother Ross and a younger brother Danny.

He lives in, Spokane Washington with his wife, Ann. He is blessed with a son named Max and a daughter Madison. He is a full-time member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. He travels far and wide and visits many schools and interacts with children.

How Kenn Nesbitt started writing poems

The first children's poem that he wrote was "Scrawny Tawny Skinner". This poem was the result of having dinner with a friend whose four-year-old daughter did all that she could to get out of eating her dinner. That very same evening he heard a recording of Shel Silverstein reading his poem "Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout". After hearing Shel Silverstein's poem, he decided to try to write a poem like that. This was how Kenn Nesbitt started writing poetry.

Why Kenn Nesbitt writes poetry?

In his very own words (source- "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."


Before becoming a poet he was a computer software developer in Microsoft. He worked there for two years from 1992-1994 before becoming a full-fledged poet. The works of Ogden Nash, Dennis Lee, Bruce Lansky and many other humorous poets who write for children are his sources of inspiration.

The very first children's poem that he wrote was "Scrawny Tawny Skinner". Shortly after this, he wrote, "My Foot Fell Asleep" and "Binkley". 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.

His first collection of poems "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 Knaus. "My Hippo Has the Hiccups: And other Poems I Totally Made Up" and "Revenge of The Lunch Ladies" are the names of two other poem collections.

Kenn Nesbitt's works, to name a few -

  • The Ultimate Top Secret Guide to Taking Over the World
  • More Bears
  • The Tighty-Whitey Spider
  • My Hippo has the Hiccups: And Other Poems I Totally Made Up
  • Revenge of the Lunch Ladies
  • Santa Got Stuck in the Chimney
  • When the Teacher Isn't Looking and Other Funny Poems
  • The Aliens Have Landed at Our School
  • Sailing Off to Singapore
  • I've Seen My Kitchen Sink
  • My Foot Fell Asleep
  • Rolling in the Aisles
  • Miles of Smiles
  • A Bad Case of Giggles
  • More Bears

He has written lyrics for the following music CD's by Eric Hermann and the Invisible Band - What a year, Snail's Pace, Snow Day, Monkey Business and the Kid in the Mirror.

Many of his poems have featured in school textbooks and magazines. His poems have also featured on Televisions, Audio CD's, many Anthologies and even restaurant placemats.

His poems have also featured on TV in Jack Hanna's Wildlife Adventures and Thrill Hunt (The Family Channel) programme. They have been published in Highlights for Children (March 2006) and Friends (Singapore, January 2005) magazines.

He is responsible for creating the web page "poetry4kids".

School Visits

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.

He has given performances and educational presentations to elementary, middle schools and high school audiences. 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, creating masterpieces enthralling kids and adults alike. You can follow him on facebook and twitter for his latest updates.

Video of "A gerbil on the run" by Ken Nesbitt


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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 15 months ago from Dubai

      Faraj thank you.

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

      @takkhisa: takkhis his books are great to read, thank you for your visit.

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      I would like to read his books, I think that would be great for me for this year summer vacation!

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

      @TolovajWordsmith: Tolovaj I hope you get his works in your country. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      He looks like an interesting author. I'll have to check if his works are available in our country. Thanks!

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

      @WriterJanis2: I know, I wish it too. Thank you for liking my lens and leaving a comment.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I wish I would have known about him when my kids were younger.

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

      @steadytracker lm: Thank you steadytracker for reading and taking the time to comment.

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      steadytracker lm 4 years ago

      An excellent lens for a great poet. Thank you for sharing this biography.

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 5 years ago from Dubai

      @aesta1: Thank you for your visit and liking my lens, Kenn Nesbitt poems are great.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Happy to have been introduced to Kenn Nesbitt.

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 5 years ago from Dubai

      Hi!! Thank you for taking the time to read and leaving such a wonderful comment. Thanks for offering to help, will ask if I get stuck!! Nice meeting you.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Thank you for introducing Kenn! He sounds like a great guy, with a big heart. I love poetry and I love kids' songs ~ I will have to listen out for him. If there are any youtube videos of his songs, you could include it in your lens, using the youtube module ~ it's easy to use, if you need help, let me know! <>+