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Original Author of Pete the Cat,
The Nuts, and Groovy Joe!
Eric Litwin is a song singing, guitar strumming, # 1 New York Times Best Selling, award winning author who brings early literacy and music together.
He is the original author of the Pete the Cat series as well as the author of The Nuts and Groovy Joe.
Eric books are designed to be both read and joyfully experienced. And, the more fun the more learning.
Eric's books have sold over 13 million copies, been translated into 17 languages, and won 26 literacy awards including a Theodor Geisel Seuss Honor Award.
The Power of Joyful Reading
When young children are immersed in joyful and engaging shared reading experiences throughout the day, something wonderful happens. They learn to love books, enjoy reading, and see themselves as readers. They also gain reading skills and knowledge, which prepares them for reading instruction.
This book shows you how. Eric Litwin and Gina Pepin give you what you need to transform your classroom into a "reading playground" - a space in which child read along to, sing to, dance to, and celebrate words and texts. A space in which they experience the power of joyful reading.
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 writes dances to accompany his books. What a fun way to make literacy even more exciting. Groovy Joe Dance Party Countdown has it's own dance called "Disco Party Bow WOW!" Please go to Free Downloads and download the song.
Performances - In-Person and Virtual
Eric's performances bring early literacy and music to life. With his voice and guitar he will have everybody singing and part of the stories. Children and adults sing, dance, call & respond, move, laugh, and have FUN.
His performances also share the message of optimism and resilience displayed by his characters and stories including finding the good in most situations, being determined/steadfast, and celebrating the joys of kindness.
Eric gives hundreds of performances every year across the country and world. Eric loves to share interactive literacy and music at schools, libraries, and family festivals.
He also loves to give keynotes which are throughly entertaining and share how joyful and engaging shared reading experiences help build our students key reading skills and knowledge and lead them to love books, enjoy reading, and see themselves as readers.
I am a former teacher. Today I call myself a "recovering" teacher.
One day I 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 my third grade class, I asked the same question. But this time there was no cheering. Many of my students looked bored and nervous.
I asked myself a simple question. What happened between Kindergarten and Third Grade that the joy of reading was lost for so many children.
I wanted to change this. I began blending early literacy and music together to make it more engaging and accessible for all my students. It worked!
Now my books are found in classrooms and homes across the country and world. And they have helped thousands and thousands of children learn to read and love books. That was my greatest hope.
In my blog/vlog I will share incredible stories about real children and how interactive books and interactive reading changed their lives. I will also share interactive songs and stories we can do together.
Please join the conversation. And, please send me your children's so I can share their hopeful message with others. Click here and read my latest blog entry
Music and Language Enrichment
for Early Childhood.
The Learning Groove's songs and stories energize language development, promote early literacy, and empower children to reach their full music potential.
The Learning Groove offers online training for preschool music teachers, parent and child music teachers, and musical English as a second language teachers. We have trained teachers from around the world.
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