Eric Litwin, the award-winning musician, teacher and author of the popular Pete the Cat series performs on Wednesday, October 9 at 6:30 pm, in Marvin Auditorium. Litwin describes himself as “a guitar strumming, book writing, harmonica blowing, song singing, folksy, and fun type of guy.” Come sing, dance and enjoy some good stories with us. Come early to ensure a great seat!
The schedule for the evening is:
5:00 pm – Visit Pete the Cat in costume in the Kids Library
5:45 pm – Photo opp with Pete in the rotunda.
6:00 pm – Auditorium opens. Look for a staffer directing traffic. If you want an autograph from the author, mention that to the staff person and they’ll hand you a color-coded bookmark to mark your spot in line later. You may also purchase Pete books at this time from Barnes and Noble, which will have a table set up.
6:30 pm – Announcements, followed by Mr. Eric’s performance
7:30(ish) pm – Eric will be autographing books. Attendees wanting a signature should form a line based on the color of bookmark you received from the staff person earlier.
The kids call him “Mr. Eric,” a holdover from his days as an Atlanta, Ga. school teacher who used simple, musical and interactive stories with positive messages to teach kids to read. Back in 2008, with the help of a cat name “Pete,” Litwin became a # 1 New York Times best-selling author, with more than a million copies sold of the first four Pete the Cat picture books: I Love My White Shoes, Rocking in My School Shoes, Four Groovy Buttons and Pete the Cat Saves Christmas. He is now working on new characters that incorporate interaction, music and positive messages.
Litwin is also a nationally respected keynote speaker on interactive literacy and music. He is the co-creator of The Learning Groove, which offers parent and child music classes and preschool music curriculum. So bring the family to the library and get ready to sing, dance, laugh and fall in love with books.
Being an entertainer and author comes with many rewards, but the biggest reward, he said, was hearing that his books helped teach children to read.
“I love performing for audiences of all ages, but there is a special place in my heart for beginning readers. This has been my focus and will continue to be my focus,” he said.
He says there’s plenty for adults to enjoy about his stories too. “When writing for children, you have two audiences at the same time. There are all sorts of double entendres. In I Love My White Shoes, Pete steps in a big pile of … and there’s a dramatic pause, and I say ‘strawberries.’ The kids are laughing for their reasons, and the adults for their reasons.”
“The moral of Pete’s story is: No matter what you step in, keep walking along and signing your song because it’s all good.” ~ Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Keep up with Eric Litwin on his website.