Author, poet visits elementary school

By Haley Burton
By Casey Killian

March 13, 2013 Updated Mar 13, 2013 at 7:03 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) He's known as call him the "king of creative rhymes."

Darren Sardelli, an author and poet, spoke to students Wednesday at Clayton Elementary.

The Parent-Teacher Organization brought him in for two assemblies.

Sardelli, 35, is famous for humorous poems and stories filled with colorful characters.

His poems have appeared in 12 children's books, including his own book, "Galaxy Pizza and Meteor Pie."

"I made it my mission in life to make poetry fun and exciting for pretty much everybody," Sardelli said. "My message is to just do what you love and focus on your passions. It doesn't matter what anyone tells you. If they say you're a bad singer and you're a great singer, just keep doing it. I think everyone should do what makes them happy."

To build excitement for his upcoming visit, Clayton Avenue has been welcoming guest readers on the morning announcements all month.

Each guest has read one of Sardelli's funny poems for the student body.

Sardelli said he has visited more than 350 schools. He hosts writing workshops and motivational talks. He says he is inspired by Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss.

He lives in Long Beach, NY.