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Original Author of Pete the Cat,
The Nuts, Groovy Joe, & The Poop Song!
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, Groovy 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.
His 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 Poop Song
Published April 13th, 2021
Discover how cats, pelicans, space aliens, and even dinosaurs poop in this rollicking, rhyming verse that's sure to elicit giggles. With plenty of hilarious pictures and a catchy chorus that encourages young children to use the toilet, this laugh-out-loud story is the go-to potty training book that every family needs.
The Power of Joyful Reading
Help Your Young Readers Soar to Success!
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. Please go to Free Downloads and download the songs.
Performances - In-Person and Virtual
Because It's All Good! - Eric shares his original Pete the Cat read aloud stories, as well as The Nuts, Groovy Joe, and The Poop Song. 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. Perfect for school, library, and community events.
Teacher & Literacy Conferences: Eric shares how to transform your classrooms into "reading playgrounds" - a space in which children read along to, sing to, dance to, and celebrate words and texts. He also shows how when young children are immersed in joyful and engaging shared reading experiences they learn to love books, see themselves as readers, and gain reading skills and knowledge, which prepares them for successful reading instruction.
I am a former 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?
I wanted to change this. I began blending early literacy and music together to make it more engaging and accessible for all my students. I began writing stories that I hoped would help build a reading foundation for all 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.
Music and Teacher Training for Early Childhood.
The Learning Groove's songs and stories energize language development and empower children to reach their full music potential. The Learning Groove offers online teacher training for preschool music teachers, parent and child music teachers. We have trained teachers from around the world. Learn more at www.thelearninggroove.com