Kenn Nesbitt
Kenn Nesbitt

All About Kenn Nesbitt

Kenn is 54 years old and was born on February 20, 1962 in Berkeley, California. He grew up in Fresno and San Diego, California.

He now lives in a big old house in Spokane, Washington, with his wife Ann, their son Max, their daughter Madison and their cat, Raki.

His first children’s poem — Scrawny Tawny Skinner — was written in 1994 after having dinner with a friend whose 4-year-old daughter did everything she could to get out of eating her dinner. Shortly after that, Ken wrote two more poems, My Foot Fell Asleep and Binkley. During 1995 and 1996, he wrote about three or four poems a year including You Can Never Be Too Careful and A Meloncholy Tale, whenever the mood struck me.

 Kenn’s School Visits

Throughout the school year, Kenn visits schools in person all across the country. The goal of my “stand-up comedy, poetry-writing assembly programs” is to show kids just how much fun they can have with a book and how easy it is to write poetry that they and their friends will enjoy. He gets kids laughing so hard that they can’t wait to go to the library to read more poetry and they are actually eager to write. Sound hard to believe?

Here are some examples of the types of programs Kenn can provide. If your school has other, specific requirements, please contact us so we can tailor a program to suit your needs.

  • Session #1: Poetry-Writing Assembly Program (one hour)
    Students experience funny poetry, learn where to find poetry in the library and collaborate to write a new funny poem from scratch.
  • Session #2: Poetry Writing Workshop (one hour)
    Students work in small groups to create their own funny poems. This program is especially suited to students who have already seen program #1.
  • Session #3: After-School Teacher Workshop (one hour)
    Teachers learn why poetry is important, how to get kids hooked on poetry and how to teach poetry in a way that will have even the most reluctant readers checking books out of the library and reluctant writers excited about composing new poems.
  • Session #4: Evening Presentation for Parents (one hour)
    Parents experience exciting, funny poetry and learn how poetry can get their kids enthusiastic about reading and writing.
  • Session #5: Autographing/Book Signing
    Students can get their books personally autographed to them, creating a keepsake and souvenir of my visit.
  • Session #6: Classroom Q&A (10-60 minutes per class)
    Students have an opportunity to ask questions and interact with the author in an informal and comfortable setting.

Samples of Kenn’s Poetry

I Tried to Take a Selfie

I tried to take a selfie
when I was all alone.
I never should have done it.
It broke my mobile phone.I guess I’m not so pretty.
I thought that I was cuter.
I snapped one with my laptop
and busted the computer.

I cracked my father’s camera.
My mother’s iPad too.
This shouldn’t be so difficult.
I don’t know what to do.

At last I got a selfie;
perhaps the worst one yet.
I posted it online today.
It broke the Internet.

All My Great Excuses

I started on my homework
but my pen ran out of ink.
My hamster ate my homework.
My computer’s on the blink.

I accidentally dropped it
in the soup my mom was cooking.
My brother flushed it down the toilet
when I wasn’t looking.

My mother ran my homework
through the washer and the dryer.
An airplane crashed into our house.
My homework caught on fire.

Tornadoes blew my notes away.
Volcanoes struck our town.
My notes were taken hostage
by an evil killer clown.

Some aliens abducted me.
I had a shark attack.
A pirate swiped my homework
and refused to give it back.

I worked on these excuses
so darned long my teacher said,
“I think you’ll find it’s easier
to do the work instead.”

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Kenn, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at trevor@caboodlebooks.co.uk

Further information on Kenn is available on his website: http://www.poetry4kids.com/