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Original Author of Pete the Cat,
The Nuts, & Groovy Joe! 

Eric Litwin is a song singing, guitar strumming, # 1 New York Times best selling, award winning author who brings early literacy, music, and positivity together. He is the original author of the Pete the Cat series as well as the author of The NutsGroovy Joe, and The Poop Song. Eric is also the co-author of The Power of Joyful Reading: Help Your Young Readers Soar to Success, a popular professional development book for teachers. Eric's books promote optimism and get the reader engaged. They have sold over 13 million copies, been translated into 17 languages, and won 26 literacy awards including a Theodor Geisel Seuss Honor Award. Eric is a popular presenter giving engaging performances and keynotes across the country on early literacy and positivity.

Live Performances

Schools, Libraries, & Festivals

& Literacy


Because It's All Good! Eric shares his original Pete the Cat read aloud stories, as well as The Nuts, & Groovy Joe. Students sing along, move along, and dance along to the captivating musical stories. Eric also shares how Pete the Cat and his other characters stay positive, loving, and resilient even as things get tough.


Joyful & Engaging Early Reading! Eric shares how to transform our classrooms and homes into "reading playgrounds" - a space in which children read along to, sing to, dance to, and celebrate words and texts. He also demonstrates how children who are immersed in joyful and engaging shared reading experiences throughout the day grow to love books and are prepared for successful reading instruction.

Happiness Simplifier! Eric has been researching happiness for over twenty years and weaving the ideas into his bestselling children’s books. In this enjoyable presentation, for busy adults, Eric uses his stories and songs to simplify and explain complicated happiness concepts found in neuroscience, psychology, and mindfulness. Individuals and teams will walk away ready and able to cultivate positivity even if they accidentally step into a large pile of strawberries.

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Award Winning Music

Eric Litwin is a multi-talented, award winning musician. He plays guitar, harmonica, and sings. Eric has eight award winning music CDs. His music curriculum company, The Learning Groove won a 2013 Totally Awesome Award for it's music. Eric's musical performances of his books have won several awards including 2017 AudioFile Magazine - Earphones Award for his narration of Groovy Joe, Ice Cream and Dinosaurs.

Eric's Story

Eric is a former classroom teacher.  One day he walked past a kindergarten classroom and heard the teacher ask her students "who wants to read a book?" The children cheered with delight. One little girl hugged her book like a baby. A few halls down, in his third grade class, he asked the same question to his students. But this time there was no cheering. Many of the students looked bored and nervous. Eric felt concerned and distressed and asked himself a simple question. What happened between kindergarten and third grade? Where did the love of reading go? He began blending early literacy with music to make reading more engaging and accessible for all his students. He also began writing stories intended to help children build their reading foundation and develop a positive outlook. These stories would become his first published books. Now Eric's books are found in classrooms and homes across the country and world. And they have helped thousands and thousands of children learn to read, love books, and stay positive.

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