[PRESS RELEASE] Pete the Cat Goes on the Road with St. Johns County Book Mobile

Joan Whitson, Early Literacy Coordinator with the Early Learning Coalition and Leslie Goode, St. Johns County Book Mobile librarian proudly display “Pete the Cat” and his books, July 19, 2012, in front of the Book Mobile at Family Partners child care center in St. Augustine.

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PALATKA, Fla., July 28, 2012 – This summer, The Early Learning Coalition of Putnam and St. Johns County (ELC) has partnered with the St. Johns County Book Mobile.  Throughout their stops to local child care centers, the ELC staff and volunteers are meeting the bus and putting on a special story-time program featuring the children’s book series “Pete the Cat” by James Dean and Eric Litwin.

At each stop, several of the books are read aloud and the children make their own Pete the Cat puppet. As a gift, every visited center receives a copy of the three Pete the Cat books along with a Pete the Cat doll and audio book on CD.

In each educational Pete series, Pete encounters different mishaps. Instead of getting upset, he just keeps on moving, grooving and singing his song.

“I am so happy about the partnership we have with the St. Johns County library,” said Joan Whitson, early literacy coordinator with the ELC.   “Reaching out to children at a young age is crucial to developing the early literacy skills they need to learn to read.”

For more information about volunteering for the ELC reading programs, contact Joan Whitson at [email protected] or call 904-819-3544.  Like the ELC on Facebook at facebook.com/elcpsj.