9 Most Popular Poems by Kenn Nesbitt

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  • Halloween Is Nearly Here

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    Picking out Halloween costumes is a lot of fun for children. The options are endless. In this poem, one child knows exactly what he wants to be…something that will cause fright for other kids.

    Halloween is nearly here.
    I’ve got my costume planned.
    It’s sure to be the most horrific
    outfit in the land.

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  • Homework Stew

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    Making homework stew is not quite what the teacher had in mind. This funny children’s poem shows what can happen when we mishear something. Famous poet Kenn Nesbitt writes humorous poetry for children, and he served as the Children’s Poet Laureate from 2013-2015.

    I cooked my math book in a broth
    and stirred it to a steaming froth.
    I threw in papers—pencils, too—
    to make a pot of homework stew.

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    I loved this poem because I loved how it said "I sprinkled up my book report". When at the end the teacher said "Your quite a chef but you get a F, I did not say homework stew, I said...

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  • Elaine The Complainer

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    Have you ever known someone who complains a lot? It’s not enjoyable to be around them. This poem teaches children (and all of us) a lesson about what happens when we complain about every little thing. Famous poet Kenn Nesbitt uses humor to write poems for children, but poems like this one are also filled with important life lessons.

    My name is Elaine
    and I like to complain.
    Complaining is all that I do.
    I moan when it’s hot

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    I hope Elaine learns her lesson! Her story is so silly!

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  • We Bought A Lot Of Candy Bars

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    Buying Halloween candy early enough in the season provides a lot of options, but sometimes having it in the house for too long before October 31st can be a problem.

    We bought a lot of candy bars.
    We thought it would be neat
    to have a ton for all the kids
    who came to trick-or-treat.

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  • I Can't Wait For Summer

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    Children eagerly anticipate summer vacation. There are so many fun things to fill their time during those months. Waiting for summer can be difficult, especially when the school year has just begun. Poems written by former Children’s Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt have been used in hundreds of school textbooks around the world.

    I can’t wait for summer, when school days are done,
    to spend the days playing outside in the sun.
    I won’t have to study. No homework, no tests.
    Just afternoons spent on adventures and quests.

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  • A Vampire Bit My Neck Last Night

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    Halloween can be filled with many scary things for children. It’s easy to let our imaginations run away with us.

    A vampire bit my neck last night.
    And, though it sounds insane,
    some zombies chased me down the street
    and tried to eat my brain.

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  • Let Me Out Of The Class

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    Some students don’t enjoy being in school. They would like to be practically anywhere else. However, there are still some places that make the classroom not seem so bad. What is worse than being in school? Famous poet Kenn Nesbitt always knows how to make his readers laugh with his humorous children’s poetry.

    (sing to the tune of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game")

    Let me out of the classroom.
    Let me out of the school.

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  • Springy Sidewalk

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    What would happen if a different type of cement were to be used on sidewalks? In this amusing poem by former Children’s Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt, we find out the silliness that would be sure to ensue. Kenn Nesbitt’s poems have been used in hundreds of school textbooks around the world.

    The people outside on the sidewalk
    can’t seem to remain on the ground.
    They’re jumping and hopping and springing,
    and generally bouncing around.

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  • Candy Andy

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    Candy Andy enjoys candy so much that he tries to find any way to get it.

    Hello, my name is Andy.
    I’m a fan of eating candy.
    It’s delicious and it’s dandy,
    and my favorite thing to eat.

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