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Kenn Nesbitt-Children’s Author and Poet

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Kenn Nesbitt

Kenn Nesbitt

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 poetry 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.

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 (, "I guess I have this strange notion that anyone can change the world if they 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 small way, I'm trying to do my part to help people laugh and 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 poetry collections, "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: Scholastic, Chronicle Books, National Geographic Learning, and Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.

Many of his poems have featured in school textbooks, magazines, TV, audio CDs, 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. He aims 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. A book signing and Q&A sessions follow this.

As of now, he is on his onward journey of writing funny poems for children to enjoy.


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Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on December 03, 2018:

Thank you Dianna.

Dianna Mendez on December 02, 2018:

Thanks for highlighting this author's work. Very impressive.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on November 22, 2018:

Thank you Devika.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 22, 2018:

An interesting and inspiring hub about Kenn Nesbitt.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on November 20, 2018:

Pamela am so happy you enjoyed his poems.

Pamela Dapples from Arizona. on November 16, 2018:

Thank you so much for introducing this talented, witty poet to us. I enjoyed your article very much. Then I went to his website and had many laughs reading his creative poems. He is so funny!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on November 16, 2018:

Thank you Chitrangada, you will enjoy his poems.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 16, 2018:

Thank you Nithya, for introducing me to Kenn Nesbitt.

It’s good to know, that he is making all efforts to inculcate the reading habits in children. Interactive sessions do help young children.

Would love to read some of his wonderful work.

Thanks for sharing this helpful and interesting information about Kenn Nesbitt.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on November 16, 2018:

Jackie you should write children's poem, they will love them.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on November 16, 2018:

Mark Tulin am happy that you got to know Kenn Nesbitt.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on November 16, 2018:

Thank you Linda.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 15, 2018:

Thank you for sharing the information about Kenn Nesbit, Nithya. I'm glad I've learned about him. I'll look out for his books.

Mark Tulin from Long Beach, California on November 15, 2018:

Thanks for introducing me to this poet as well. It’s not often that I can find a poet who uses humor so well.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on November 15, 2018:

Thank you Nithya for introducing me to this poet. Might be something I would like to try my hand at, just never occured to until now. What fun it would be to at least try.

I will certainly read him!

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 15, 2018:

Someone who makes a living as a poet? That should inspire other Hubbers.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on November 15, 2018:

John you will like reading his poems, they are funny and children enjoy his poems.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on November 15, 2018:

Bill am sure your grandchildren will love Kenn Nesbitt poetry.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on November 15, 2018:

Thank you Mary.

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on November 15, 2018:

Thank you for sharing this Nithya. I have heard of Kenn Nesbit but I don’t think I have read any of his poetry. As I also write children’s poems I will have to check them out.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 15, 2018:

Well we have grandchildren, so this was very helpful. Thank you my friend.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 15, 2018:

Am glad to be introduced to Kenn Nesbitt. I will start reading his poetry.

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