Early Lit Bits: “Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons” Book Review

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin

Pete the Cat is back, singing not about shoes this time, but his groovy buttons!  As Pete makes his way to the beach, he loses buttons one by one, using subtraction to keep track of how many are left.  Finally, he realizes he has one button he can never lose.  It’s his belly button! 

This book is perfect for reading aloud to a crowd, inviting the audience to sing along and use their math skills to count the buttons.  In a one-on-one setting, encourage your child to point to the buttons and name their colors as you read together.  The audio version of the book is also free to download, and is read by the author, Mr. Eric.  Sing along with your child as Pete encounters life’s obstacles with an easygoing attitude.  Singing is an excellent way to slow down the story and make the words easier to understand.  Singing is also a fun way to get your child ready to read!

This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.


Written by Sheri


Sheri is the Kent District Library ILS & Electronic Resources Coordinator. She loves KDL’s eBook collection and her NOOK because they allow her to fit a whole stack of books in her purse to take with her wherever she goes.

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