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"Pete the Cat" Author Visits

Eric Litwin, best-selling author of the original four “Pete the Cat” books, “The Nuts” and “Groovy Joe,” performed songs and dances at South Seneca Elementary School on Tuesday, October 16. Students wore blue “Pete the Cat” headpieces and held stuffed animals of the character as they listened to Litwin discuss how the idea for his books came about.

Before writing his #1 New York Times Best Selling series, Litwin worked as an elementary school teacher, where he noticed his students slowly lost their zest for reading as they grew older. “I asked myself a question. What is happening between kindergarten and third grade that causes so many students to lose interest in reading? I decided to do something about it, and I started writing books,” said Litwin. His interactive books were designed to engage students through music, movement and repetition. Litwin’s books are now found in classrooms across the world and they have encouraged thousands of students to get excited about reading.

During his performance, Litwin emphasized the correlation of voluntary reading and overall educational success. He strummed his guitar as students danced and sang along to “Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons.” 
South Seneca Elementary School extends a thank you to the to the TST BOCES School Library System and CES for sponsoring Litwin’s visit to the area.