ABQ READS To You
A partnership between the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce and Albuquerque Public Schools, “ABQ Reads To You” is an online library of exciting stories for kindergarteners and first graders, read by business and community leaders in our area. During the COVID-19 pandemic, children will spend more time learning at home, and these videos – aligned with APS curriculum – will help them develop their literacy skills.
Thank you to the sponsors of “ABQ Reads To You” – KOB-TV, Sandia National Laboratories, Pulakos CPAs, and Bank of Albuquerque.
Kyle Beasley from the Bank of Albuquerque and the Board Chair for the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce reads Leonardo the Terrible Monster, by Mo Willems. This book is a story about a monster named Leonardo, who is not very good at being a monster because he cannot scare anyone. In the end, Leonardo discovers that being a friend to someone is more important than scaring them.
Terri Cole from the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce reads Mogie, The Heart of the House, by Kathi Appelt. The story is about Mogie, a dog that knows how to be a good friend and companion to children in the Ronald McDonald House that are very sick. In the end, the reader learns the value of being a good friend and companion for those that are in need.
(En Español) Leslie Apodaca del bufete Rodey Law Firm lee Un Beso en Mi Mano, escrito por Audrey Penn. El libro se trata de Chester, un mapache, que tiene que dejar a su madre por primera vez para asistir a la escuela. Chester aprende a confiar en el beso en su mano dado por su madre para ser valiente.
DeAnn Eaton from Haverland Carter reads Sheila Rae the Brave, by Kevin Henkes. The story is about a mouse named Sheila Rae that believes she is very brave and one day she and her sister Louise, decide to take a new way home from school.
Laurie Donovan from Wells Fargo Bank reads The Koala Who Could, by Rachel Bright. This story is about a Koala named Kevin, that was scared to try new things or change. In the end, the Koala discovers that change and trying something new wasn’t as bad as he thought it would be.
Leean Kravitz from Fidelity Investments reads Yoko, written by Rosemary Wells. The story is about Yoko the cat, who takes her favorite sushi to school one day to eat during lunch time. She finds out that her classmates find her food yucky. In the end, Yoko and her classmates discover that sometimes it takes a little time to accept something new like different food. But if you give it a try, you might end up liking it.
Pat Dee from US Bank reads The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds. This book is about a caring teacher that tries to give a student confidence by having her try to do something the student doesn’t think she’s good at.
Chris Ramirez from KOB-TV 4 reads Blue Corn Soup, by Caroline Stutson. This book is about Abuelita, a mouse, that is cooking sopa on a winter day. Her animal friends figure out a way to each contribute something to the cooking of the soup so that in the end, they can all share.
Amy Tapia from Sandia National Laboratories reads Whoever You Are, written by Mem Fox. This book shows children that every day all over the world, children are laughing, crying, playing and learning. They may not look the same or speak the same language. But inside, they are all the same.
Chris Dunkeson from Comcast, reads Stop Snoring, Bernard!, by Zachariah Ohora. This story is about an otter named Bernard that loves to nap, but he snores loudly when he sleeps which bothers his friends. At the end of the story, the friends learn that their friendship with Bernard is more important than his snoring and learn to accept Bernard’s snoring at nap time.
Amanda Aragón from New Mexico Kids Can reads Every Voice, written by Dr. Seuss. This is a book written by Dr. Seuss that explains how everybody’s opinion and ideas matter and how it’s also important to listen to others’ opinions so we can learn from them.
(En Español) Juán Samaniego de Bohannan Huston lee ¡Qué Aburrido! escrito por Michael Ian Black. Este libro es una historia de una niña que se aburre y busca algo que hacer y encuentra una papa que también está aburrida. La niña acaba encontrando cosas divertidas que hacer, pero la papa nunca.
Patrick Apodaca de PNM, lee ¿Cómo dicen ESTOY ENOJADO los dinosaurios? escrito por Jane Yolen. Este libro es un cuento que explica que hacen los dinosaurios cuando llega la hora de dejar de llorar y patalear; una enseñanza a los niños de estrategias que pueden usar para calmarse cuando están enojados.
Scott Darnell from the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce reads A Mother For Choco, by Keiko Kasza. The story is about a baby bird named Choco that is searching for a mother that ‘looks like him’. In the end, Choco finds a mother that looks very different from him, but that loves him very much and he is happy to be part of her family.
Sonya Lara from Central New Mexico Community College reads Have You Filled A Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud. This book teaches children that being nice to others helps them fill their invisible bucket and also the buckets of other people. Filling a bucket is what makes people happy.
Joy Wang from KOB-TV 4, reads Jonathan James and The Whatif Monster, by Michelle Nelson-Schmidt. This story is about a boy named Jonathan who in the beginning, listens to the voice of the Whatif Monster, a small green creature with pointed teeth, who fills Jonathan’s head with worry and doubt when he tries something new. In the end, Jonathan conquers his fear of trying something new.
Sherrian Felix from ABQ Studios, reads Swimmy, by Leo Lionni. This story is about a little fish named Swimmy that needs to find a new school of fish to be a part of. Swimmy and the new school of fish learn that working together they can accomplish big things like staying safe in the ocean.
Jim Harrison is reading in memory of his wife Mary Harrison, a long time ABQ Reads volunteer. Jim reads The Rainbow Fish, written by Marcus Pfister. This story is about Rainbow Fish, who was the only fish in the sea with shiny scales and how he learned to share his scales with the other fish. Sharing made Rainbow Fish feel joy and acquire new friends.
Sally Giannini from Albuquerque Public Schools and ABQ Reads reads The Kissing Hand, written by Audrey Penn. This story is about a young raccoon that is sad that he has to leave his mother to go to school and how his mother gives him a kissing hand to cope with the situation.
Becky MacGregor, the Wellness Coordinator for Albuquerque Public Schools, reads Waiting is not easy! written by Mo Willems. The story is about Piggy and Gerald the Elephant. Piggy has a surprise for Gerald and Gerald must wait a long time to receive his surprise. In the end, Gerald learned that although he was annoyed by the length of time he had to wait, his surprise was worth the wait.