Nick Cannon Launches Poetry Book at St. Mary’s
“Neon Aliens Ate My Homework and Other Poems,” published by Scholastic, was partly inspired by Cannon’s interactions with St. Mary’s Kids
Celebrity entertainer and author Nick Cannon celebrated the launch of his new children’s book, “Neon Aliens Ate My Homework and Other Poems” on Monday, March 16th at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside, where Cannon serves as a member of the Board of Directors. The event was hosted by Z100’s Danielle Monaro, and brought out dozens of St. Mary’s Kids who celebrated with Nick Cannon, as well as a large group of national and local media.
Published by Scholastic, the book covers a diverse range of kid-friendly topics including funny, silly, gross, heartwarming, as well as serious poems, and also includes a number of illustrations created by Cannon himself. Additionally, the book for kids ages 7 and up features black-and-white illustrations by various acclaimed street artists whose works have been shown around the world including Queen Andrea (aka Andrea von Bujdoss), who was also in attendance at the event.
To the delight of St. Mary’s Kids, Queen Andrea invited the children to showcase their artistic talent by joining her in painting in sections of a large mural that replicated a poem from the book entitled the “Wordsmith”. As some children colored and painted, others sang along to a song about the Wordsmith” and played bongos.
According to Nick Cannon, the inspiration for the book came from his desire to combine the worlds of poetry and hip-hop—two major influences that have shaped him into the prolific artist he is today. He was additionally inspired by St. Mary’s Kids. Since 2013 Cannon has been a loyal supporter of St. Mary’s and an advocate for children with special needs. He continues to be a frequent visitor to the Hospital and a champion for the mission of St. Mary’s.