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Nick Cannon to publish illustrated poetry book for kids

Versatile TV and radio personality Nick Cannon will soon be adding “published poet” to his list of professional accomplishments. Today Scholastic announced it will publish Neon Aliens Ate My Homework and Other Poems, a hip-hop-influenced children’s poetry book written and partially illustrated by Cannon, in March 2015.

The poetry collection will include “funny, silly, gross, heartwarming, as well as serious poems,” according to the Scholastic press release. Cannon—a musician, comedian, actor, producer and host of America’s Got Talent—will do some of the illustrations himself, while others will be the work of notable streets artists like Califawnia (a.k.a. Fawn Arthur), Art Mobb (a.k.a. Michael Farhat), and MAST.

Neon Aliens is inspired by Cannon’s love for both poetry and hip-hop. “Writing is at the center of everything I do as an artist,” Cannon said. “As a kid, it was my escape from the inner-city pitfalls.” He credits Shel Silverstein in particular with fostering his passion for writing poetry and creating art from a young age—and aspires to do the same for kids today with his book. “I hope that poems in Neon Aliens will help inspire kids to want to get out a pen and paper to write or draw their own thoughts, rhymes, and stories.”

The book deal is the result of a collaboration between Nick Cannon’s production and management company Ncredible Entertainment, Vice President at Scholastic Debra Dorfman, and the investment group Impact Republic. Scholastic is set to publish a previously announced children’s book by Cannon in November, Roc and Roe’s Twelve Days of Christmas.

On the Books: Kelly Clarkson gives up Jane Austen's ring; Banned Books Week in full swing

Happy Banned Books Week! To celebrate, we’ve got some recommended banned books, a study on book censorship and a list of most frequently challenged books. In other news, what do Jane Austen and Kelly Clarkson have in common? Why is Paula Deen in today’s news roundup? The answers and more headlines below:

To start you off, here are five banned books Forbes says you should read. [Forbes]

None of those are children’s books, so if you want a dose of nostalgia, look no further than the American Library Association’s annual list of the “most frequently challenged” books, which found that Captain Underpants prompted the most complaints in libraries this year. [ALA]

The ALA, which organizes Banned Books Week, also found that book censors target teen fiction, a genre prone to topics about sex, drugs and suicide. [The Guardian]

Moving on to celebrity news, Kelly Clarkson was asked to leave a ring once owned by Jane Austen behind at the author’s museum. The singer had purchased the ring at an auction, but had no problem with the news, saying “The ring is a beautiful national treasure, and I am happy to know that so many Jane Austen fans will get to see it.” Looks like her life won’t suck without it. [The Guardian]

If you thought Paula Deen couldn’t get any more cartoonish, you thought wrong. The celebrity chef’s life story will be adapted into a comic book biography, Female Force: Paula Deen, by Bluewater Productions. [Forbes]

Meanwhile, Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, announced it will donate 1 million books to Reach Out and Read, a non-profit established for kids in poverty. [LA Times]

Online, the reading-based social network Goodreads is stirring up some controversy after announcing new reviewing guidelines, which will automatically delete reviews that focus on an author’s behavior rather than a book’s content. [GigaOM]

Eleanor Randolph of the New York Times is writing a biography of Michael Bloomberg that will be published by Simon & Schuster. According to the press release, the book will cover Bloomberg’s career as mayor of New York City for the past 12 years and his legacy as “a public figure of national significance.”

Finally, if you have some time to spare, head over to the New York Times for its profile of Elizabeth “Eat, Pray, Love” Gilbert, a fascinating read on the 44-year-old novelist’s career from being “one of the boys” at magazines like GQ to her image now, as an unwitting self-help guru with legions of female fans. [New York Times]

Say hello to your friends! 'The Baby-sitters Club' gets an e-book rerelease -- EXCLUSIVE

This is so dibble, you guys.

Scholastic is announcing today that the first 20 books in the bestselling Baby-Sitters Club series will be rereleased in ebook form beginning Dec. 1. Each title will feature a classic cover illustration by Hodges Soileau, the artist who illustrated dozens of BSC novels. Additionally, the series’ Facebook page is debuting a new Facebook app, which will allow fans to preview new ebooks, see nostalgic memorabilia, and take quizzes — then retake those quizzes upon learning that the BSC member they’re most similar to is Mallory.


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