Nick Cannon is to release a children's poetry book.

The 'America's Got Talent' host, 33, is planning to publish 'Neon Aliens Ate My Homework' next year after developing a passion for writing at a young age.

Nick's publishing company Scholastic released a statement on his behalf, saying: ''Writing is at the centre of everything I do as an artist. Doing creative writing - especially writing poetry - is when I felt the calmest and freest. As a kid, it was my escape from the inner-city pitfalls.

''When I was eight years old, I got a spiral notebook and wrote my first poem/rap. I filled that notebook with poems, rhymes, jokes, and witty stories. I still keep one to this day. 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 will feature black-and-white illustrations and will combine the hunk's love of hip-hop and poetry.

Meanwhile, Nick is also set to release 'Roc and Roe's Twelve Days of Christmas,' which is based on his three-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe with his estranged wife Mariah Carey, next month.