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Author – Kenn Nesbitt


Kenn Nesbitt is the author of many books for kids, including Kiss, Kiss Good Night, My Hippo Has the Hiccups, Revenge of the Lunch Ladies, and many others. In 2013 he was named Children’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. His poems have appeared in numerous bestselling anthologies, including every book in the popular Kids Pick the Funniest Poems series, and anthologies with nearly two million copies in print. His work has been published in hundreds of school textbooks around the world, as well as national television programs, and numerous children’s magazines. His website,, is the most visited children’s poetry website on the Internet.
Kenn travels the country and abroad, visiting more than 60 schools each year, sharing his wacky brand of poetry with kids around the world, and helping to create a new generation of poetry lovers. He has also been providing online school assemblies and workshops for over ten years.

Poetry with Kenn
Grades: K-5thLength: 45 MinCategories: Arts, ELATimes: May 3, 2018 11:10 am ESTMay 3, 2018 1:10 pm EST

Kenn Nesbitt, Children’s Poet Laureate (2013-15), will perform his hilarious poetry and picture books and answer questions from students and teachers. This upbeat, funny program encourages students to have fun reading books and writing their own poems.

May 3, 2018 at 11:10 am EST
May 3, 2018 at 1:10 pm EST

Authors On Call (iNK Think Tank)


There is nothing quite like an award-winning children’s nonfiction author in your classroom to engage students and teachers in a live, interactive discussion. Authors know content and they know how to speak to children so that they “get it” and get excited. Best of all, more than likely the author’s books are already in your library so there is a terrific follow–up for the program. Students can read more about the interest in a topic generated by a program.

Authors on Call is the live and interactive educational division of iNK Think Tank, an organization of top children’s nonfiction authors. Meet them through the Nonfiction Minute – a FREE 400-word post for every school day complete with an audio file of the author reading his/her Minute. Thus the fascinating content is accessible to less fluent readers. These irresistible Minutes received more than 300,000 page views last school year and more than 90,000 unique visitors and the numbers are way up for this school year. They will give you an idea of what we authors offer. Beware! The Nonfiction Minute may be habit forming.

Authors on Call have written books on the topics of their programs that cover a wide range of curriculum areas including history, science, math, writing, and more. Authors on Call books and programs meet National Curriculum Standards. (In fact, many of them are excerpted as reading passages in standardized tests.) Let us inspire your students to dig deeper and learn more through our innovative and spontaneous programs.

Click here to check out The Nonfiction Minute

Computer Geeks Who Changed the World
Grades: 4-12thLength: 45 MinCategories: ELA, WritingTimes: May 10, 2018 10:10 am ESTMay 10, 2017 1:10 pm EST

Computers are part of our everyday lives-for communicating, for research, for ordering books, pizza and more. Students today can’t imagine a world without computers or that our smart phones are many times more powerful than computers that filled entire rooms just decades ago. How did it happen? In this live interactive program, Carla Killough McClafferty, author of TECH TITANS, will explore the lives and work of six men who have changed the world including Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Mark Zuckerberg. Find out who they are, what they did…and why.

May 10, 2018 at 10:10 am EST
May 10, 2017 at 1:10 pm EST

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, The


Courtney Waring
Director of Education
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Phone: (413) 559-6307

The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, Massachusetts, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy.

We Heart Books and Art!
Grades: K-3rdLength: 30 MinCategories: Arts, ELATimes: May 1, 2018 10:10 am ESTMay 1, 2018 1:10 pm EST

Celebrate Children’s Book Week with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art! Hear from a Carle educator about the museum and its programs, explore Eric Carle’s process when he creates collages, and learn about the different parts of a picture book.

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May 1, 2018 at 10:10 am EST
May 1, 2018 at 1:10 pm EST

The Toy Museum of New York

Toys of the Past and The Books That Tell Their Stories
Grades: 1st-4thLength: 45 MinCategories: Arts, LiteracyTimes: May 18, 2018 10:10 am ESTMay 18, 2018 1:10 pm EST

The Toy Museum of NY’s collection of toys and books makes the perfect distance learning companion program. Learn about toys from the past and the books that helped tell their stories. From Raggedy Ann and Howdy Doody to today’s modern day children’s stories such as Sesame Street books featuring Elmo and Big Bird. For younger grades, several books will be read aloud. For the older groups, a discussion about what makes the books so appealing. Presented by Marlene Hochman, President and Founder of The Toy Museum of NY. She has over 17 years of expertise in the field of invention as the creator of The Toy Museum of NY.

May 18, 2018 at 10:10 am EST
May 18, 2018 at 1:10 pm EST

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