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Beginning Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Beginning Tuesday, May 8, 2018, CUNY TV DIGITAL SERIES will present a new children’s bilingual book show called Reading Books - Leyendo Libros. This four-part series will feature a variety of children's books, each read first in English and then in Spanish.

Reading Books - Leyendo Libros was created by Emmy-nominated CUNY TV producer Lisa Beth Kovetz, features Emmy Award-winning CUNY TV producer Gisela Sanders-Alcántara, and includes cinematography from CUNY’s Emmy Award-winning Carmen Vidal.

Episode 1: ( 8)

The series opens with Jen Arena’s delightful bilingual book, Marta Big and Small, a charming story about
una niña, an ordinary girl and her extraordinary animal friends. This opening episode looks at the nouns: rabbit, lion, elephant, and turtle, plus the adjectives loud, quiet, big, small, and tasty!

Episode 2: ( 15)

Lisa The Book Fairy has written a short, silly rhyme for her friend, Gisela, the book fairy! The two of them delight in the funny words and images as they translate little rhymes from English to Spanish and back again, looking at words like: hat, cat, mat and sat, as well as bailarina, gallina, and zapatos.

Episode 3: ( 22)

Book Fairies Lisa and Gisela read Oliver in the Bath/Oliver en la Bañera, about a little boy who never wants to get out of his bathtub. In this story, we learn the all-important phrase, “If you lived in a bathtub/ si tu vivieras en la bañera..."

Episode 4: ( (May 29)

Lisa and Gisela delight in the bilingual version of an old favorite, Jorge el curioso visita el acuario /Curious George at the Aquarium, where they find delightful words like monkey and pingüino. We also look at the English idiom “hang on a minute.”


Lisa Beth Kovetz

Lisa Beth Kovetz is a Sr. Writer-Producer at CUNY TV and the showrunner on the nationally distributed PBS show Science Goes to the Movies. Kovetz’ stage plays have appeared in New York, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and in translation at The Sibiu International Theater Festival. The translation of her play Com Explodat David ran for three years in Bucharest. She wrote the stage adaptation of singer Janis Ian’s short story “Prayerville.” Kovetz also created the Jazz Baby series of audio CDs presenting classic nursery rhymes set to jazz. Jazz, Baby won the National Parents Publication Gold Award, the Parents’ Choice Approval Award and the Film Advisory Board Award of Excellence. Kovetz co-wrote Oliver in the Bath and Oliver Stays Up, which won the North American Book Dealer's 2002 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and the Film Advisory Board Award of Excellence. A native of Brooklyn and graduate of Smith College, Ms. Kovetz lives in New York City.

Gisela Sanders-Alcántara.

Gisela Sanders-Alcántara is a Mexican-American filmmaker/TV producer & editor. She has won six NY Emmy Awards with CUNY TV´s magazine show Nueva York. Her work has been shown in festivals and conferences around the world, as well as TV -- Canal 22, Canal Once (Mexico) and ILCE (all Latin America). She has been an Adjunct Professor at Lehman College and Artist in Residence with BRIC, teaching her skills to K-12 students in public schools. She had an early career as a dancer in Mexico.

Cinematographer: Carmen Vidal

Winner of seven NY Emmy® Awards and a Student Academy Award, Carmen Vidal is a Spanish-American TV producer and director of photography. She works at CUNY TV as a producer for the cultural magazine show, “Nueva York”. She is the co-producer of the transmedia documentary project "Sonic Trace," produced by Anayansi Diaz-Cortes with the support of ITVS, NEA, Cal Humanities, KCRW, AIR, and PBS. Her work has screened in international film festivals, PBS, ARTE TV, TVE (Spain), and Canal 22 (Mexico).Music By: Tyrik Washington

Music By: Tyrik Washington

Tyrik Washington is a multi-instrumentalist, music composer, and film director. He has won a NY Emmy® Award for his musical work “ Pamela Gonzales”, as the in-house music composer for the television station CUNY TV; along with several international awards from notable film festivals around the world for his music and film productions. His vast musical gifts has allowed him to perform and produce for talented musical artist such as Grammy® winning vocalist, Yolanda Adams, Billboard charted artist, Wynter Gordon, RIAA Gold charted artist, M-1 of Dead Prez, and Jazz flutist Bobbi Humphrey. Tyrik has lectured and held workshop at New York University, Morgan State University and The University of Alabama; sharing his techniques and expertise on with students, faculty, and staff.

CUNY TV DIGITAL SERIES is developed and coordinated by Emmy Award-winning producer Jose Luis Orbegozo under the supervision of Susan Iger, CUNY TV's Director of Programming, and CUNY TV’s Interim Executive Director, Gail R. Yancosek.