From Computer Geek to Children’s Poet Laureate


Children’s poetry is typically not more than one page or two pages long. And yet, within that one or two pages, kids can get a really strong positive emotional response that encourages them to want to read another poem.

Time has a brief, sweet write-up on Kenn Nesbitt, America’s new Children’s Poet Laureate.

If nothing else, you’ll want to read his poem about a pet amoeba. It requires an extremely small birthday cake.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →