Poetry for Kids show

Poetry for Kids

Summary: Funny poetry for kids by children's author and former US Children's Poet Laureate, Kenn Nesbitt.


 Valentine’s Day Card | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:02

When I was in elementary school, everyone would give Valentine’s Day cards to everyone else in the class. In second grade, there was a girl in my class that I really liked, and my father convinced me that I should give her an extra special card. The card was big. It was pink and purple,... Read more »

 Lunchbox Love Note | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:53

When my kids were in school, my wife and I packed them each a lunch every day. My wife would sometimes put notes in their lunchboxes, often saying, “I love you.” I always wondered whether they found it embarrassing to have love notes from their mother in their lunches. I never did find out. Instead,... Read more »

 Our Dog’s Name is Roomba | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:44

I have a dog; a little black pug named Jesse. But I often joke that his name should be Hoover, because he’s so great at cleaning up dropped food that it’s like having a little vacuum cleaner. When people ask about him, I tell them he is a “purebred chow-hound” because he seems to always... Read more »

 I Got a New Laptop for Christmas – Podcast Episode | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:30

I have a couple of cats, and they both love to sit on my lap. Whenever I’m watching TV or playing a video game, one of my cats will jump up on my lap and go to sleep. Sometimes, they both sit on my lap at the same time! Over the past few months, I... Read more »

 Sleeping Santa – Podcast Episode | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:23

This Christmas poem is all about an “idiom.” In case you don’t know, an idiom is an expression whose meaning is not predictable from the words used. For example, to “kick the bucket” means to die, and to “let the cat out of the bag” means to reveal a secret. If you were just learning... Read more »

 My iPhone Did My Homework – Podcast Episode | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:21

If you’ve ever talked to an assistant on a mobile device, like Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant, you probably know that it doesn’t always understand what you are saying as well as you would like. And, often, when you type on a phone or tablet, the autocorrect feature can make some pretty bizarre mistakes. I... Read more »

 My Flat Cat – Podcast Episode | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:59

When I talk to kids, one question they often ask me is if any of my poems are true? That is, they want to know if any of the things I write about actually happened. Of course, I tell them, “No.” My poems are all fiction, meaning I just made them up. However, many of... Read more »

 I Finished My Homework – Podcast Episode | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:22

Do you ever feel like your teacher assigns way too much homework? Do you wish it didn’t take so long, or that there was an easier way to do it? My book When the Teacher Isn’t Looking contains about 50 poems about all the silly things that happen at school, including Homework, I Love You, My Dog Does My... Read more »

 My Mother Drives Me Everywhere – Podcast Episode | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:23

Do you walk to school? Ride your bike? Take the bus? Or does your mom drive you to school? Where else does she drive you? Do you play a sport or take lessons after school? If you want to go to the store to buy something, does she drive you there? When I was a... Read more »

 Chocolate for Breakfast – Podcast Episode | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:39

I love chocolate. Don’t you? I mean, doesn’t everybody? When I was a kid, my favorite Halloween treats were always chocolate candy bars like Hershey’s, Snickers, and Three Musketeers. After Halloween night, I always ate those ones first. After a few days, all that was left were the candies I didn’t like. I’ve heard that... Read more »

 On Halloween Night – Podcast Episode | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:21

There’s a word game I like to play now and then called “Change One Letter.” The object of the game is to change a word, one letter at a time, to make it morph into a completely different word. Each time you change a letter, the result must still be a real word. For example,... Read more »

 An Ogre Came Over for Dinner – Podcast Episode | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:22

Every October, I love to write a few monster poems and Halloween poems. This one is a fun little story about what would happen if an ogre came to your house for dinner. When I write, I often like to play with the rhythm of the words and the rhyme scheme of the poem. If... Read more »

 My Dog Likes to Dig – Podcast Episode | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:42

The word “hot dog” is a is an interesting one with several different meanings. Most commonly, it is another word for a frankfurter or wiener. Frankfurter, by the way, means “from Frankfurt.” Frankfurt is a city in Germany. Similarly, wiener means “from Vienna.” Vienna is a city in Austria. So, the words frankfurter and wiener... Read more »

 I Washed Our Dad’s Car – Podcast Episode | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:28

I love a good joke and I love a good limerick. This poem isn’t quite a limerick because the first line doesn’t rhyme with the second and fifth lines, but it’s close; it has the same rhythm and length, and almost the same rhyme scheme. So, it’s almost a limerick. And it’s also a pretty good... Read more »

 I’ve Started Learning Honkish – Podcast Episode | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:51

When I was in elementary school, I spent a lot of time learning to make silly faces and strange voices. I taught myself how to wiggle my ears, raise one eyebrow at a time, and pucker my lips like a fish. I learned how to talk like Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse and Dracula. I... Read more »


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