DOVER — Pete the Cat, that groovy feline who likes to sing his songs as he goes along, will visit the Children's Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Pete will be visiting as part of the Books Alive program, as well as to help celebrate Literacy Month, which works to promote the love of reading.

At this event museum staff members will be reading Pete the Cat stories written by James and Kimberly Dean and illustrated by Eric Litwin throughout the day. The relaxed and friendly costumed cat will pop in and out to greet children, exchange a hug or high-five, and pose for photos. There will also be a variety of Pete-inspired literacy, math and creative activities for children.

Children’s Museum of New Hampshire Clubhouse Members can visit Pete starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10.

James Dean is the creator of Pete the Cat. He and his wife, Kimberly, self published their first Pete the Cat book, "I Love My White Shoes," written by Eric Litwin in 2008, which sold 7,000 copies in 10 months, and the follow-up book, "Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes," in 2011. Eric Litwin, an American storyteller and musician, lends his skills as a writer and performer to many of the Pete the Cat books and has collaborated with James and Kimberly on musical versions of their stories. Most recently, an animated Pete the Cat series has been released on Amazon Prime in September of 2018 with Elvis Costello and Diana Krall voicing Pete’s parents. Pete himself is a groovy, blue cat who always keeps his cool. He loves surfing, playing baseball and guitar, spending time with his friends and trying new things.

All Books Alive activities are included with regular paid admission to the museum: $10 for adults and children over the age of 1 and $9 for seniors. Museum admission is free for Children’s Museum of NH members and children under 1 year old.

Pete the Cat has also been visiting Head Start centers in Portsmouth, Hampton, Seabrook, Rochester and Dover as part of the Story Explorers program at the Children’s Museum. Story Explorers is a spin-off of Books Alive, but is a free program that brings storybook characters to each Head Start center three times a year. Museum educators read stories alongside the character and engage children in book-related activities.

“It’s such a great way for us to reach out into our community and offer these kids something special,” said Education Director Xanthi Gray. “Pete has been getting lots of hugs when we visit these centers.”

Each child then receives a “family of four” free pass to visit the Children’s Museum, information about the EBT $1 admission per person program and a free book at the end of the visit.      

The not-for-profit Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is located at 6 Washington St., and offers two levels of hands-on, interactive exhibits for children from newborn to middle school. Children can explore a wide range of subjects, from dinosaurs, music and aeronautics to world cultures, art and natural history. Open year-round, the Silver LEED-certified museum specializes in creating memorable family learning experiences and works closely with schools, social service agencies and educators. The museum also hosts a variety of live performances, workshops, classes and special events for families. For information, call the museum at (603) 742-2002 or visit






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IMAGE Caption: Courtesy photo. A friendly costumed Pete the Cat will be greeting visitors for storytime, high fives, and pictures this Saturday, November 10 from 10am-2pm at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire.