The beautiful hardcover book is whimsically illustrated by the incomparable Christoph Niemann, whose witty, minimalist drawings compliment and enhance the poems, giving readers even more to ponder as they get ready to dream.
One Minute Till Bedtime is now available in the US wherever books are sold, including:
You don’t need to wait for me to be in your area to book a visit. I cap my travel expenses, regardless of what it costs me to get there, so it won’t cost you extra if you are the first school in your area to book a visit.
However, here are some of the places I’m already scheduled to be this school year. I still have dates available each of these weeks.
Next Wednesday, September 21, 2016, I will be performing live at the Barnes & Noble in the Northtown Mall in Spokane, Washington at 6:30pm. This event is free and open to the public. If you are in the area, please join me, along with musician Carlton Oakes and poet Merideth Jeffries for a fun evening of poetry and music.
Calling all poets! TIME For Kids has a challenge for you: Write a funny, rhyming poem. It must be an original poem that does not copy another poet’s work. Enter it in the TIME For Kids Poetry Contest. The grand-prize winner will receive an online class visit from Children’s Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt. The grand-prize winner and three finalists will each get a signed copy of Nesbitt’s newest book of poetry, Bigfoot Is Missing!, and their poems will be published at timeforkids.com.
WHAT: Write a funny, rhyming poem and enter it in the TFK Poetry Contest. Poet Kenn Nesbitt will look for originality, creativity, humor and rhyme in the style of his own poetry. To read some of Nesbitt’s poems, go to poetry4kids.com.
HOW: Enter your original poem in the online entry form at www.timeforkids.com/2016poetrycontest. Be sure to include your first name only, your e-mail address and your parents’ e-mail address. Contest is open to students who are 8 to 13 years old.
This is fun. Andy Mason has done a terrific job of setting my poem “Sam, Only Ate Jam” to music and creating a new video for it. If you like this song, you’ll find more of Andy’s music on his YouTube channel, here. And you can find this poem and more like it in my book The Biggest Burp Ever.
Believe it or Not, My Brother Has a Monster is of two brothers’ Halloween adventure, and my first rhyming picture book. The older brother finds a monster and brings it home, along with many, many other creepy-crawly creatures, including spiders, rats, toads, black cats, ravens, and more.
It happened just last Halloween, the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen: My brother went out after dark and found a monster in the park.
He led it home and snuck it in which gave me goose bumps on my skin to see a monster standing there. Those giant claws! That shaggy hair!
I had to struggle not to shout. I hope our parents don’t find out.
With each creature the brother brings home, the mayhem in his room only increases, much to the dismay of the younger brother. What will happen when the parents finally discover what these boys have been up to? Without giving away the ending, let’s just say it’s a joyful surprise with a satisfying twist.
Here are links to a few reviews of Believe it or Not, My Brother Has a Monster:
If you are writing a poem, especially a list poem, that includes games or sports, you may find it useful to have a list of names of sports and games that rhyme. Here are a few that I have collected. These include sports, board games, card games, party games, and video games.
baton twirling / curling / hurling
bench press / chess
biking / hiking
blackjack / hacky sack / track / You Don’t Know Jack
Blockade / Old Maid
Candyland / marching band
canoeing / crewing / snowshoeing
capture the flag / tag
cheering / mountaineering / orienteering
Civilization / Operation / recreation
Clue / Taboo
dancing / lancing
decathlon / marathon / pentathlon / Pokémon / Settlers of Catan / triathlon
diving / driving
Donkey Kong / mahjong
gliding / riding / sliding
Go / hammer throw / javelin throw / kenpo / Pokémon Go / taekwondo