As engaging as Eric Litwin’s books are with his young and young-at-heart readers — after all, he’s sold over 13 million to date — his magnetic personality and musical prowess captivated Lincoln School students and staff at a recent concert in the gymnasium.
Litman is author of the “Pete the Cat” series, “The Nuts” and “Groovy Joe.” His books have been translated into 17 languages and won 26 literary awards. The Atlanta writer plays guitar, harmonica and sings. He performed earlier that day at Lyons Elementary School.
At Lincoln, his performance had everyone in the room laughing, smiling, singing, tapping their toes and moving. Litman invited three children to join him in an improvisational songfest about what he — and they — love.
Kindergartner Madeline Stanton joined Litman in singing about her love for doughnuts. Zeke Lesterhuis crooned about his love of clowns, and UPK pupil Marelle Divelbliss serenaded about his love of rocks.
The performance was punctuated with Litwin’s fits of laughter, shouts, facial expressions and movement that evoked similar responses from his audience.
“It was wonderful,” Principal Stephanie Miller said. “Students had the opportunity to rock out with Mr. Eric as they moved and sang together. He captured the audience with his humor, students were giggling and laughing at his jokes. We are so thankful that Gen Arcovio was able to arrange his visit to our school.”
“Over spring break, I became aware through a mutual contact via social media that Eric Litwin was going to be traveling to Syracuse and Buffalo for family events and was looking to fill May 1 with several schools in the Rochester area,” said Arcovio, the school’s literacy intervention specialist. “I reached out to him for details and shared the information with Stephanie Miller, who began working on making this visit happen right away with the immense help of [our school secretary] Becky Briggs.
“Mr. Eric’s concert was highly engaging, and was enjoyed by students and staff alike. I think the staff appreciated his message of the importance of finding time to create joyful reading experiences, and the students enjoyed a joyful reading experience right along with him to some of their favorite books and characters.”
Visit ericlitwin.com for information about Litwin.