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Thank you for taking a moment to click on this to see what it's about.

If you have a moment, let me tell you a story… Once upon a time there was a little boy who loved to read but hated to write. He loved Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl and anything funny that rhymed. But still, he hated to write. He didn’t know that authors were actual people, and he didn’t know that writing would become easier with practice.

At the age of 15, he discovered computers and forgot all about the funny, rhyming poems. At 24, he got his first job programming computers. At 29, he started writing articles for computer magazines and overcame his fear of writing.

When he was 32 years old, he discovered a recording of Shel Silverstein reciting “Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out” and his love of poetry was instantly rekindled. No longer afraid of writing, he decided to create a poem of his own called “Scrawny Tawny Skinner.”

Three years, and several dozen poems later, using his programming skills, he built a website to share his poems with the world. He called it poetry4kids.com.

That boy was me.

Since 1997 I have been sharing my poems with students and teachers around the world. It is my full-time job, my hobby, my all-consuming passion, to get students excited about reading, and to show them that writing is easier than they think.

So far, I have posted more than 800 poems, along with dozens of writing lessons, audio recordings, and videos, and I make them all available to you for free.

If you are finding the poems, lessons, and other resources on poetry4kids useful for your students, please consider buying me a cup of coffee. I do seriously drink a half-pot of coffee (AKA writing fuel) or more to start every day. I greatly appreciate your generous donation; it really does make a difference and helps make creating resources for you even more fun.

Even if you can’t buy me a coffee, know that I’m doing this for you and the young people in your life, so they can have as much fun with reading as I did as a kid, and to show them that they can be writers too.

With warmest thanks,

Kenn Nesbitt

Someone bought 3 coffees.

Thanks for this amazing resource - my students and I love it!

Thank you so much! I'm glad you and your students enjoy it. Please tell them I said "hi!"

Yuka bought 3 coffees.

I am seven years old and my teacher introduced me your website. I really like your poems, they are soo fun!😃 so i asked my mommy to buy coffees for you. Thank you.

I am so glad to hear you are having fun reading my poems! Thank you very much for the coffee! I really appreciate it. 😀 

@WarriorsBEyond bought 3 coffees.

Thank you for supporting our initiative and taking your time to record a video for our students! You are appreciated! Have a few coffees on us!

Awww, thanks! It was my pleasure. I hope your students have fun with my video challenge. I actually had made myself a latte right before I recorded it, and I'm enjoying a cup of coffee as we speak, so your support came at the perfect time! 🙏 ❤️ ☕️ 

Yolande Albertin Regis bought 3 coffees.

I have enjoyed your poems for a number of years now. I share them with my students and colleagues. Great work 👍

Thanks, Yolande! I'm so glad to hear that you and your students and colleagues are enjoying my poems. Your generous coffee contribution helps keep me going! ☕️ 😋 

Dean Deters @wvnomads bought 5 coffees.

I appreciate your fun website, I send students to learn how to write. Since your poems are free, Have coffee on me. For helping students see the light!

Wow! Thank you so much! Your generous support truly means a lot to me. Please tell your students that I said, "Hi!" and that I hope they are enjoying the poems. 😋