Here are some of the things schools have had to say after enjoying my presentations.
On behalf of the fourth grade team and students, we wanted to thank you for meeting with us and inspiring the students to create. You really tapped into their favorite things and we had several students asking to read their poems aloud. Poetry is a very difficult skill to teach and you made it seem so attainable. We truly appreciate your time.
–South End Elementary School, Cedar Grove, NJ
We all so enjoyed your visit today! It was phenomenal! We were all so energized from it. The kids loved the challenge of creating their own stanza or two to add to the part we wrote together. Thank you so very much. This was a wonderful experience. We all gained so much from meeting with you and we loved all the laughter! We can’t get enough of those these days! If you are still doing this next year I will be the first to sign up!
–Flour Bluff Elementary School, Corpus Christi, TX
Mr. Nesbitt, your poetry session was AMAZING! My students were 100% engaged. They are excited to finish the poem you started and even more excited to write one on their own. They have even tasked me with finding several of the titles you showed. I can’t wait to see their face when I show them that I have one already! Thank you again for such an amazing opportunity.
–Hartsfield Elementary School, Tallahassee, FL
Thank you so much for visiting our 2nd grade students at Bull Run Elementary School. Our students absolutely loved your presentation. You were so engaging and kept their interest the entire time. Our students have been even more passionate about writing poetry since you came. They are regular visitors to your website and have been sharing your poems with their family and friends.
–Bull Run Elementary School, Centreville, VA
Your presentation last year was by far the best I’ve ever seen!
–Walnut Hill Elementary School, Omaha, NE
We have been so engrossed into poetry this term. Personally I have found that this term has been a great success – I have never had students so interested! I am sure that having your sessions has stimulated their curiosity and interest.
–Ashburton Primary School, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Thank you for the wonderful day of poetry, laughter, and fun with words. I’ve heard so many compliments from both the students and the teachers about how much they enjoyed your presentations. You were a huge success with all our grade levels. The kids love your poetry, maybe you’ve even noticed a large jump in the poem ratings on your website that you can track back to Berkeley Heights, NJ! Thanks for your friendliness, enthusiasm, and positive approach to our kids. You showed us all “how easy” it can be to have fun with writing and thinking about words.
–Thomas P. Hughes School, Berkeley Heights, NJ
Today was an amazing day at our school. Kenn Nesbitt (www.poetry4kids.com) who has written humorous poetry books which will tickle your children’s funny bones and creativity came to our school. His presentations were upbeat. He had the children rolling on the floor, and truly encouraged them to read and write poetry. The entire experience was PERFECT for elementary children. He read, interacted and had his audience rolling with laughter. He had infinit patience with them and fabulous control. He made each child feel like he or she was a part of experience. He had an outstanding, kind and patient demeanor. His interactions with the children were perfect in every sense. I know that choosing an author to come to our school’s is a huge responsibility and I thought I would alert you to an exceptional opportunity. Kenn was easy to deal with, punctual and helpful. His website filled our children with enthusiasm and his packet which he sends out ahead of time made every child walk into his presentation with eager anticipation and a smile on their faces. I truly recommend Kenn to anyone looking for an author. I know that he would make a fantastic author to bring in to any school.
–Hebrew Academy of Tidewater, Virginia Beach, VA
The kids loved you and want us to book you AGAIN!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are an amazing role model for our children. One child said afterwards that he wants to be a poet when he grows up.
–Belle Terre Elementary, Palm Coast, FL
“I wanted to thank you again for your wonderful presentation at Skyline last week. Everyone was very pleased with how it went – especially me. I’ve had several reports of kids writing poems at home on their own time!!!”
–Skyline Elementary, Elkhorn, NE
“We had your assemblies in February 05 and my kids (now 8 and 10) still are reading poetry and you are their favorite poet! I am amazed at how much they got out of your visit.”
–Westwood Elementary, San Diego, CA (written October, 2006)
“I’ve never seen our students so engaged!”
–St. Robert Bellarmine School, Omaha, NE
“Kenn Nesbitt visited Cooper Mtn. in Feb. and we have not been able to keep poetry books on our shelves since. He was fun, entertaining, and educational. Over 200 families returned in the evening to see him at our family event. He has a great website with poems, games, and lesson plans which really helped prepare the students for his visit. It was also one of the easiest and most successful author visits I’ve coordinated.”
–Cooper Mountain Elementary, Beaverton, OR
“We enjoyed your visit so much. I surveyed all the classes and the feeling was unanimous, “YOU ROCK!” Thank you for such dynamic presentations. My poetry books are flying off the shelf, even those old models.”
–Canyon Creek Elementary, Bothell, WA
“THANK YOU! I think that the kids had a great time, I haven’t seen that much excitement about writing anything for a long time. You were AWESOME!”
–Edward Zeiger Elementary, Puyallup, WA
“I wanted to send a quick little email to let you know how much we appreciated and enjoyed your visit. You by far surpassed our expectations. Sometimes when working with the entire staff you get mixed feelings about bringing someone in and causing a change in routine. However, yesterday, I got so many compliments and thanks yous from soooo many teachers. They thoroughly enjoyed your visit. You were a success! Thank you again, so much.”
–Rockville Elementary, Rockville, IN
“I want to thank you again for visiting our school, and for agreeing to stay for Family Reading Night in Danville. Our students are still buzzing about it! The enthusiasm you generated was/is phenomonal! I know first hand that you have literally lit a fire in encouraging the students in my class to write. For that, I am eternally greatful.”
–Rossville-Alvin Grade School, Rossville, IL
“Kenn, thanks so much for making our first experience with author visits so positive and rewarding. I have heard so many anecdotes from parents, teachers, and students about how you sparked somethng for our kids. And of course we’ve had lots of poetry emergencies here in the library–I will definitely need to re-vitalize that section!”
–Edison Elementary, Danville, IL
“The poetry section is sure a hit since your visit. We surely enjoyed your visit to our School. Thanks for making us laugh!!”
–Santa Clara Elementary, Santa Clara, UT
“Kenn masterfully transcends the typical school visit…the kids love him and come away with a totally new enthusiasm about reading and writing.”
–Discovery School, Spokane, WA
“Kenn, you were amazing with the students both young and old! I’ve had parents approach me and tell me that you were the topic at the dinner table. Students are still checking out your books and all of them have a hold list on them a mile long. You truly demonstrated to the students that poetry is indeed not boring. Your delivery definitely made poetry alive!”
–Cathedral School, Portland, OR
“Your presentation was the best we have ever had. The kids and adults enjoyed it! Thank you for sharing with us!
–South Knox Elementary, Vincennes, IN
“Everyone is talking about you! The kids are asking when you will be back. One mother quoted her daughter as saying, ‘She was laughing so hard that she doubled over and had a stomache ache.’ The teachers are all asking when we can arrange for you to visit our school again. You were a HIT!!!”
–Silver Wing Elementary, San Diego, CA
“I wanted to let you know that your November programs at Mason Elementary were outstanding. I told you then how I felt, and the positive comments I’d heard. You said, “If they remember or are still enthusiastic in 3 wks then the positives would be valid.” Well, guess what? It’s been over a month and EVERY DAY, my students ask to read your poems (they read, not me). For those who bought your books at the evening presentation and keep them on their desks, there is a scramble to get to the page being read. It seems that many of the children have them memorized. Thank you, thank you. I am singing your praises to all I meet.”
–Mason Elementary, San Diego, CA
“Kenn was outstanding. He kept the students engaged during the entire presentation. Students found themselves learning about poetry and enjoying it. Kenn took some of the ‘off the wall’ comments from students and built on them, redirecting and reinvolving them in a very positive manner. He held a large group of second and third graders captivated with his humorous poems and funny actions. He had a magic box that contained costumes and sounds. Kenn engaged the students in creating rhyme on the spot. His attitude, enthusiasm, and excitement was contagious.
Kenn has our highest recommendation to any school program. Students and staff alike were entertained and excited. We hope to have him back!”
–Cusick School, Cusick, WA
“I was so pleased with the reaction of our students. Poetry was in the air all week and their enthusiasm was contagious. I think it is rare to be able to create such excitement from Kindergarten through Sixth Grade and receive unanimous approval from the adults as well!”
–St. George’s School, Spokane, WA
“We highly recommend Kenn to any school wishing to enhance students’ exposure to and appreciation of the art of poetry.”
–Roosevelt Elementary School, Spokane, WA
“Kenn is enthusiastic about writing and sharing. We feel confident your school will enjoy the opportunity to listen to his presentation.”
–Kettle Falls Middle School, Kettle Falls, WA
“If you have a chance to have Kenn Nesbitt visit your school, I would encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity.”
–Lapwai Junior-Senior High School, Lapwai, ID
“It is very easy to recommend Kenn Nesbitt as a presenter to students… Kenn has poise and confidence and an enthusiasm for his work that draws students’ attention.”
–Ferris High School, Spokane, WA
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