Exclusive Interview with Award-winning Musician, Teacher, and Author Eric Litwin

 

Sprockster:  Can you tell our visitors a little about yourself and how you got your start in music and literature?


Eric Litwin: I began as a classroom teacher who used music and storytelling to reach and teach my students.

Sprockster:  Did you read a lot growing up? What is your favorite children's book and why?


Eric Litwin:  Yes, I read all the time. My favorite series was The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner.

Sprockster:  Favorite song and why?

Eric Litwin:  What a Wonderful World sung by Louis Armstrong. I love the imagery and melody.


Sprockster:  How do you develop your story ideas?


Eric Litwin:  I think about characters, and metaphors and daydream up stories.

Sprockster:  Here at Sprockster, we love Pete the Cat. Where did the idea for Pete the Cat originate from?


Eric Litwin:  Pete the Cat was created by the Artist James Dean www.petethecat.com

Sprockster:  Congrats on the new book, Pete the Cat Saves Christmas, tell us a little about it?


Eric Litwin:  Pete the Cat Saves Christmas is a parody of Twas the Night Before Christmas. Pete will save Christmas in a VW Minibus and he will sing "give it your all, give it your all, at Christmas we give, so give it your all".

Sprockster:  What do you enjoy the most, music or books? We love how you were able to combine the two.


Eric Litwin:  I love them both, no favorites. I was able to combine them because they fit naturally together like peanut butter and jelly.

Sprockster:  What or who inspires you?


Eric Litwin:  Creative people. Teachers. Children learning to read for the first time.


Sprockster:  How did it feel when you saw your work in stores?


Eric Litwin:  Groovy.

Sprockster:  So we see you are going out on tour, what are your favorite things to do when performing live? Do you enjoy performing?


Eric Litwin:  I love to perform. I share interactive literacy and music. It is big groovy fun.

Sprockster:  Tell us about "interactive literacy" and how you use it in your shows?


Eric Litwin:  All my books, stories and music involve elements of call and response, repetition, structured movement and music.

Sprockster:  We heard you co-created a music and movement curriculum for young children, can you tell us a little about this and why it is important to you?


Eric Litwin:  I have a company call The Learning Groove with my friend Micheal Levine. We create interactive educational music that is used for parent and child classes, in preschool enrichment programs, in the classroom and at home. Mostly the music is just fabulous fun.

Sprockster:  Do you have other Pete the Cat adventures planned? What future projects are you working on in music and literature?


Eric Litwin:  I have wonderful new characters coming out. I can't wait to share them with everyone. They will sing and be interactive! Folks who want to stay up to date can join my nearly mouthy newsletter or facebook page. This can be found on my website at www.ericlitwin.com.

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