Popular children’s poet Kenn Nesbitt visits PCES students
HENNEPIN — During his visit to Putnam County Elementary School (PCES) on Oct. 25, Children’s Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt showed he’s got a great understanding of the sense of humor of children.
Nesbitt’s visit from Spokane, Wash., was sponsored through a grant from the Putnam County Educational Foundation.
The popular author hosted an assembly in the gym and visited classrooms during the day, and in the evening he appeared at an event for families.
The titles of some of Nesbitt’s many books include “My Cat Knows Karate,” “The Biggest Burp Ever,” “The Ultimate Top Secret Guide to Taking Over the World,” “The Armpit of Doom,” “Revenge of the Lunch Ladies” and “The Tighty-Whitey Spider.”
When asked what inspires his sense of humor, Nesbitt said, “It’s mostly from my own kids, but I also get a lot from my visits to schools and the interaction with students.
“The challenge is staying topical with what’s popular, and that can change very quickly,” he said.
Putnam County elementary students laughed and clearly enjoyed themselves as Nesbitt read through several of his short and silly poems.
He then led students through a sing-a-long of some well-known favorites for which he’d written new lyrics, and also guided them through an exercise of how to write poems of their own.
Students were also eager for the chance to ask Nesbitt questions at the end of his performance. One student asked when he wrote his first poem.
“1994, that’s like a hundred years ago,” he answered to laughter.
“I’ve lost count, but somewhere around 1,500,” he told a student who asked how many poems he’d written.
“What’s your favorite book?” was the final question.
“My favorite book is definitely the dictionary. The dictionary is a good friend to a poet because it teaches you all about words and their meanings,” he said.