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Nick Cannon presents new children’s book at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children

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“Neon Aliens” may not have really eaten Nick Cannon’s homework when he was younger but that didn’t stop him from using it as an excuse for one of his teachers. And just as stories like that inspired him to release his new children’s poetry book, so did his experience with the youngsters at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside.

So much so that he even released the novel at the hospital on Monday to some of those who were an inspiration to him.

The book, “Neon Aliens Ate My Homework and Other Poems,” was inspired by Cannon’s desire to combine the worlds of poetry and hip-hop and his previous visit to the medical facility. He has become so inspired by the kids that he is also a member of the hospital’s board.

“I visited a few years ago and hanging out with the kids really touched me,” he said, speaking at St. Mary’s back in October of 2014. “Now I’m officially Dr. Cannon on the board.”

Cannon greeted the crowd of children at the hospital on Monday and told them how inspired he was by each and every one of them. He read excerpts from his new book and gave each child in attendance a free copy.

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Danielle Monaro, a co-host on Z-100’s “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show,” was there to introduce Cannon. She even helped the children play a game with him by having them shout out words which Cannon then had to freestyle to.

The poems cover a range of kid-friendly topics and even have a number of illustrations created by Cannon himself. He mentioned that several of the poems he wrote were inspired by the “courageous young patients,” at the hospital.

At the end of the release, Cannon accepted from St. Mary’s a plaque inscribed with one of its patients’ poems.

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