Children’s Poet visits MacArthur Elementary


There was a lot of laughing going on yesterday at MacArthur Elementary in Binghamton as America’s favorite children’s poet entertained them with his silly syntax.

Former Children’s Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt reads some poems, sang some songs and worked with the kids to create a poem about playing with their food.

Nesbitt has written 18 books and had his zany, and somewhat irreverent, poems published in a number of anthologies.

He says his goal is to trick the kids into thinking that reading is fun and writing is easy. “I don’t write about timeless things like baseball.  I write about things that are relevant to kids in their lives today.  I write about Minecraft, the floss dance, technology, smart phones, that sort of thing, but in a way that is humorous and relatable.”

Nesbitt has a website geared toward children, parents and teachers that has 800 poems, audio, video and games at

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