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Words and Phrases that Rhyme with Themselves

Sometimes when you’re writing a rhyming poem, you may want to include a word or phrase that rhymes with itself, such as itsy-bitsy or super-duper. These are known “reduplicated” words or phrases. “Reduplication” is the term for words or phrases that are created by repeating sounds. Here is a list of rhyming reduplicated words and phrases that may come in handy to you sometime.

  • abracadabra
  • argy-bargy
  • artsy-fartsy
  • backpack
  • backtrack
  • bees knees
  • big rig
  • bigwig
  • blackjack
  • boogie-woogie
  • bowwow
  • boy toy
  • chick-flick
  • chock-a-block
  • chug-a-lug
  • chunky monkey
  • claptrap
  • crop top
  • cuddly-wuddly
  • ding-a-ling
  • ditch witch
  • double bubble
  • double trouble
  • downtown
  • easy-peasey
  • eency-weency
  • even-steven
  • fancy-schmancy
  • fat cat
  • fender-bender
  • flyby
  • fuddy-duddy
  • fuzzy-wuzzy
  • ground round
  • handy-dandy
  • hanky-panky
  • harum-scarum
  • heebie-jeebies
  • helter skelter
  • heyday
  • hi-fi
  • higgledy-piggledy
  • high fly
  • hippy-dippy
  • hobnob
  • hobo
  • hocus-pocus
  • hoddy-noddy
  • hodgepodge
  • hoity-toity
  • hokey-pokey
  • holy moly
  • hot pot
  • hotspot
  • hugger-mugger
  • humpty dumpty
  • hurly-burly
  • itsy-bitsy
  • itty-bitty
  • jeepers creepers
  • jelly belly
  • kowtow
  • laffy taffy
  • lite brite
  • lovey-dovey
  • mai tai
  • melee
  • mellow yellow
  • mojo
  • mumbo-jumbo
  • namby-pamby
  • naysay
  • nitty-gritty
  • nitwit
  • nutter butter
  • okey dokey
  • one-ton
  • out and about
  • payday
  • pedal to the metal
  • pell-mell
  • picnic
  • phony-baloney
  • piggly wiggly
  • pooper scooper
  • pop-top
  • powwow
  • prime-time
  • ragtag
  • rat-a-tat
  • razzle-dazzle
  • roly-poly
  • rough stuff
  • silly-willy
  • sky high
  • slim jim
  • slow-mo
  • soho
  • space race
  • sump pump
  • super-duper
  • teenie-weenie
  • teensy-weensy
  • tepee
  • tex-mex
  • tighty-whitey
  • true blue
  • turkey jerky
  • undone
  • voodoo
  • walkie-talkie
  • white knight
  • wi-fi
  • willy-nilly
  • wing-ding
  • wonton

Non-Rhyming Reduplicated Words and Phrases

Some reduplicated words and phrases don’t quite rhyme because they contain different vowel sounds, such as ping-pong or zigzag. Here is a list of reduplicated words and phrases that don’t rhyme.

  • bric-a-brac
  • chit-chat
  • clip-clop
  • criss-cross
  • dig dug
  • dilly-dally
  • ding-dong
  • fiddle faddle
  • flimflam
  • flip-flop
  • hee-haw
  • hip hop
  • kit kat
  • knickknack / nicknack
  • mishmash
  • ping-pong
  • pitter-patter
  • riffraff
  • seesaw
  • shipshape
  • singsong
  • tic-tac
  • tick-tock
  • tip-top
  • wiggle-waggle
  • wishy-washy
  • zigzag

Poetry Reading at Barnes & Noble – Sept, 2016

On September 21, 2016, I did a poetry reading for a small group at Barnes & Noble in Spokane, Washington as part of a local program called “Poetry Rising.” I read a poem from each of my books, including my new anthology, One Minute Till Bedtime.

The folks at Poetry Rising were kind enough to send me  this video of the event.

Spring 2017 School Author Visits

Welcome Kenn Nesbitt

“Your presentation was the best we have ever had.”

“You by far surpassed our expectations.”

“Our students are still buzzing about it! The enthusiasm you generated is phenomonal!”

These are just a few comments from schools who have had me visit with their students. If you are considering having an author visit your school, I would love the opportunity to get your students excited about reading and writing.

My school visit calendar is filling up for the spring, but I still have dates available for an author visit to your school, whether in-person or online.

I will be visiting the following cities this spring and still have open days:

  • January 9-13 – Spokane, WA
  • February 13-17 – West Texas
  • February 20-24 – Portland, OR
  • March 13-17 – Baltimore, MD & Washington, DC
  • March 27-31 – San Antonio, TX
  • April 3-7 – Central California
  • April 17-21 – Connecticut
  • April 24-27 – Eastern Oregon
  • May 8-12 – Cedar Rapids, Iowa City & Davenport, IA

If your school is interested in booking an author visit during one of these trips, or any other week this school year, please contact me by filling out the information request form on this page.

You will find my calendar online here. Any dates not otherwise marked are probably available.

I look forward to hearing from you.

New Book: One Minute Till Bedtime

One Minute Till Bedtime

I’m thrilled to announce the release of my newest book, One Minute Till Bedtime. This is the first anthology that I have put together, and it has already received starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal, plus it has been selected by Publishers Weekly as a Best Book of 2016.

One Minute Till Bedtime contains over 140 brand-new poems from more than 130 poets from around the world, including such luminaries as Jack Prelutsky, Jane YolenJon Scieszka, Joyce SidmanJudith Viorst, Lemony Snicket, Marilyn SingerNikki Grimes, and many, many others. Each of the poems in this collection–all perfect for bedtime–can be read in about a minute. With seven sections, each with roughly twenty poems, One Minute Till Bedtime holds a full week of 20-minute sleepytime readings.

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:

It is also available for purchase now in Australia:

In the UK, it will be available on December 8, 2016:

Whew!

2016-17 School Author Visits

Kenn Nesbitt Presenting

I hope you had a wonderful summer and are settling into the new school year nicely. With the 2016-17 school year underway, I’m now booking school author visits, both in-person and online.

If your school is looking for a way to inspire your kids to want to read and write, my high-energy poetry writing programs are just the ticket. You don’t need to take my word for it, though. Click here to see what other schools have said about my visits.

Upcoming Visits

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.

  • WA, Bellingham – September 26-30, 2016
  • ID, Bonner’s Ferry – October 10-14, 2016
  • OR, Portland – October 24-26, 2016
  • TX, Odessa/Andrews – February 13-17, 2017
  • TX, San Antonio – March 27-31, 2017
  • CA, Porterville – April 3-7, 2017

You can view my full event calendar here. Any dates not otherwise marked are probably available for a visit to your school.

More Information

For more information about my programs and fees, simply fill out this form and I will contact you with further details. I look forward to hearing from you!

Poetry Rising at Spokane Northtown Barnes & Noble

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.

I will be reading from several of my books, including The Biggest Burp Ever, Revenge of the Lunch Ladies, and my forthcoming anthology, One Minute Till Bedtime. Books will be available for purchase, and I will be signing them after the performances.

This program is produced by Stephen Pitters, host of the Spokane Open Poetry Program on KYRS 92.3 FM, Thin Air Commuity Radio.

Poetry Rising - Sept 21, 2016

New Poem Category – Songs!

Poem Songs for Kids

Poetry4kids has had “Poems by Category” for a few years now, but I recently added a brand new category: Songs. If you like poems that are intended to be sung to popular tunes such as “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider,” “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” or “Frere Jacques,” — what my friend Alan Katz calls “Silly-Dilly Songs” — you’ll want to check out this new section on Poetry4kids.com to find them all in one place.

And, of course, you can see all of the categories, including sports poems, monster poems, school poems, and even funny love poems on the Poems by Topic page.

Kindle Instant Preview – The Biggest Burp Ever

Psst! Want to read a funny book? You can preview the Kindle edition of my book The Biggest Burp Ever by clicking on Preview button below. Happy reading!

2016 TIME for Kids Poetry Contest

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.

DEADLINE: February 15, 2016

Read the official rules here and a Q&A about the contest here.

Sam, Who Only Ate Jam

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.