Children Poems Biography
Kenn Nesbitt was born in Berkeley, California. He grew up in Fresno and San Diego and attended National University in San Diego, where he majored in computer science.
Nesbitt’s poetry for children is “irrepressible, unpredictable, and raucously popular,” in the words of former Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis. Nesbitt’s poems frequently deal with humorous, relatable situations that verge on the madcap. He is the author of numerous books of poetry for children, including The Armpit of Doom: Funny Poems for Kids (2013), The Ultimate Top Secret Guide to Taking Over the World (2011), The Tighty-Whitey Spider (2010),Revenge of the Lunch Ladies (2007), Santa Got Stuck in the Chimney (2006), When the Teacher Isn’t Looking: And Other Funny School Poems (2005), and The Aliens Have Landed at Our School! (2001), among others. In addition to writing books, Nesbitt has also written lyrics for the group Eric Herman and the Invisible Band. His lyrics are included on the CDs What a Ride (2007), Snail’s Pace (2007), Snow Day(2006), Monkey Business (2005), and The Kid in the Mirror (2003).
n a Beam of Light A Story of Albert Einstein
by Jennifer Berne
This book about one of our greatest thinkers is definitely written for a younger audience. But the content is certainly appealing to older children as well. I think it is especially encouraging to those who function a bit outside-of-the-box. Albert hardly said a word. He was so different. Was something wrong? When Albert’s father gave him a compass, he suddenly knew there were mysteries in the world. Jennifer Berne tells the encouraging story of a boy who didn’t want to be like other students. “He wanted to discover the hidden mysteries in the world.” The book ends by challenging children to wonder, think and imagine. Isn’t that what education should be all about?
Nathaniel Bowditch Biography
Carry On Mr. Bowditch
by Jean Lee Latham
I don’t even know how I stumbled upon this book. We were in the thick of studying about the founding of The United States and the American Revolution when I randomly pulled Carry On Mr. Bowditch off the shelf. I read the back cover about “Nat,” an eighteenth-century nautical wonder and mathematical wizard who mastered the navigation of the seas and wrote the sailor’s bible, The American Practical Navigator . . .
Sound boring, well think again! Nathanial Bowditch lived a life of unbelievable hardship and loss. However, the life of this self-educated man is truly inspiring and full of ocean voyage adventures! If you have a child that is always dreaming, inventing and creating you’ve got to read this book! MacGyver and I read this book together as it is set in Salem, Massachusetts in the 1700’s and heavily focuses on the world of sailing. Both of us got quite a sailing history education. I would recommend this book for grades 6 and up. Having said that, at age 9 MacGyver and I read this book aloud to each other.
MacGyver’s only complaint was that “everyone” kept dying. It really brought to life how hard life was in early America.
Nesbitt’s poems have appeared in hundreds of anthologies, magazines, and textbooks worldwide, and were included on the television show “Jack Hanna’s Wildlife Adventures.” Nesbitt is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illsutrators. His website, Poetry4kids, is an online “Funny Poetry Playground” that features poems, lessons, games, and poetry-related activities. He currently lives in Spokane, Washington with his wife, children, and pets.