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Waiting for the Biblioburro

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  274 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Ana loves stories. She often makes them up to help her little brother fall asleep. But in her small village there are only a few books and she has read them all. One morning, Ana wakes up to the clip-clop of hooves, and there before her, is the most wonderful sight: a traveling library resting on the backs of two burros‑all the books a little girl could dream of, with enou...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 9th 2011 by Tricycle Press (first published July 12th 2011)
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Mar 08, 2012 Gundula rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children interested in books and libraries, children interested in multiculturalism
Waiting for the Biblioburro (with a wonderful and evocative text by Monica Brown and lovingly illustrated by John Parra) is an inspiring and thought-provoking story about a librarian in Colombia, who delivers and distributes his library books, not from the distribution desk of a building, not even from a motorised bookmobile, but using two trusted mules, Alfa and Beto. And of course, this book is also about a little girl named Ana, who loves stories (cuentos) and patiently waits for the bibliobu...more
Feb 09, 2012 Carolynne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Malinda, Kathryn, Abigail, Gundula, Chandra
The children of Ana's village (in Colombia?)have lost their only teacher, and Ana reads her one book over and over again. When that pales she makes up stories to tell her little brother. But she longs to be able to read more books. One day a man comes to the village with two burros laden with books: The Biblioburro[s]. Since I grew up in a town with no library, where a Bookmobile came once a month, I can feel Ana's joy at the wealth of books for her to read. The delightful story is inspired by a...more
Another wonderful story about Luis, his traveling library and his burros Alfa and Beto. I first learned the true story of Luis after reading Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia and while that book focused mainly on Luis and how the Biblioburro came to be, this book tells the story of a little girl named Ana who loves to read and the first time Luis visits her village.

Beautifully written and features an author's note on other traveling libraries around the world, the real Luis, as well as a g...more
(Primary) Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown

1. Text to world would be a good category for this book. Students can discuss how the way Ana is able to borrow books through the biblioburro in Columbia, is different and similar to the way they borrow books in the United States . This can also allow the reader to reflect upon how this book relates to themselves and the world in which they live.

2. Remembering: How does Ana get books to read living in such a small village?
Understanding: How w...more
Cheryl in CC NV
I mostly loved the art but couldn't stand the oversized heads. I loved how the story was mostly charming and fairly light, sweet, and predictable, but it had a couple of little twists that made it special. (view spoiler)
Inspired by a true story, this picture book shows the power of books and reading. Ana is a small girl who lives in Colombia and adores books. Her village is very remote though, so there is no library to go to. Ana has just one book, given to her by her teacher, and she has read it over and over again. Ana makes up her own stories that she tells her little brother at bedtime. Then one day a man with two burros comes to their village. The burros carry a library of books and he invites all of the c...more
Sarah Landwehr
“Waiting for the Biblioburro” by Monica Brown details the story of Ana, a little girl who loves to read but only has one book. One day a man visits the countryside where Ana lives. With him, he brings two burros (donkeys) that carried books. The man reads to the children who live in the rural town and then lets them pick out their own books to borrow for a few weeks. Ana loves reading the books and even suggests to the traveling librarian that someone write a story about his library, and he tell...more
Lisa Vegan
Mar 09, 2012 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children who enjoy books & libraries & creating & learning about other children
Recommended to Lisa by: Carolynne
Oh, I just loved this book.

The only thing I wasn’t wild about were the way people’s faces were painted. However, the loved everything else about the illustrations. The scenery, the colors, the folk art feel, and how all the pictures contributed mightily to making this story so engaging.

I’ve read other books about traveling libraries but this is the only one I can think of where the biblioburro’s patrons are encouraged to write as well as read.

The story is lovely. I like the real feeling of susp...more
Mar 07, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We recently read Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia by Jeanette Winter and learned about Señor Luis Soriano Bohorquez's efforts to bring books to children in Columbia. So when we saw this book was about the same subject, but from a child's perspective, I was eager to read it. The narrative is very engaging and the illustrations are colorful. I loved how Spanish words are incorporated into the story and help children learn a few words of the language through the context of the story. We real...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Ana only has one book. She has read it so many times that she knows it word for word. She wishes she had another book, but, since her teacher has left, she knows this will never happen.

Then one morning, she wakes to hear the sound of a man on a burro. He carries a sign: Biblioburro. He brings books for the children and promises to return in a few weeks to trade these for new ones.

This book is based on the story of a teacher and librarian who traveled to rural villages in Columbia.

The text is c...more
Ana loves to read but has only one book, given to her by her teacher. But the teacher no longer comes to Ana's village. Though Ana makes up her own stories to tell to her younger brother, she longs for other books to read. One day the Biblioburro comes to her village: Luis the librarian and his two burros, Alpha and Beta, who carry books. Parra's illustrations evoke the magical realism that infuses Latin American culture as Ana's imaginings come to life on the page. Spanish words are intersperse...more
Ana Canino-Fluit
Jun 21, 2014 Ana Canino-Fluit rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: K-3, Lower Elementary
Title: Waiting for the Biblioburro
Author: Monica Brown (Writer) & John Parra (Illustrator)
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books, Trycycle Press
Publication year: 2011
Category: Picture Book (Fiction)
Source: Monroe 1 BOCES Overdrive E-Book Collection

Summary: Ana re-reads the one book she owns till the unexpected arrival of moving library. A librarian and two burros bring books into her village. While she impatiently waits for their return, she writes her own book about then Biblioburros.

bookaday #24. Lovely book about something my students take for granted, especially during the school year, access to library books. For someone who has a healthy?? fear of the book emergency, I can't imagine not having access to as many books as I want. I have seen some of Colombia's remote rural areas many years ago as an exchange student, many thanks to Luis Soriano Bohorquez, on whom this story is based, for his service to the children of Colombia.
A lovely story about a library that travels via burro. Recommended for public and school libraries.

I have to admit that I liked Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia better. Monica Brown's story is very well done and I also recommend it!
Wonderful picture book about a man who brings books and literature to children in a very remote area. I love how the book comes around full circle, love the illustrations, as well as how the Spanish words sprinkled throughout make total sense within the context. Good job telling this true story in a picture book.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
I think I am a sucker for stories about people who managed to find ways to bring children (and adults) books in rural areas. This is just that kind of story...a man with two burros who travel around bringing books to children.
A true story about Luis Soriano Bohorquez, a teacher and librarian in Columbia who delivers books to children in remote villages using his burros. This version is told from Ana's perspective, who loves books and is transformed to other worlds by the books the Biblioburro brings. It shows how Ana fits reading into her life whenever she can, and sprinkles her language throughout the text.

The author includes Luis' story in an Author's Note, and also tells of other bookmobiles throughout the world....more
Ana loves to read and owns one book that she reads again and again. Ana and her family live in a small village without a local library. One day a man and his burros brings a library to the village. The children rush to meet the man and his two donkey's. When the librarian leaves Ana can't wait for him to return. The text and illustrations allow the reader to feel Ana's excitement.

"When will he come back?" she asks her mother, who smiles and says, "Go read, Ana."
"When will he come back?" she asks...more
Janette Fuller
Ana lives in a small village in Colombia. Her teacher moved far away so now the children of the village do not go to school. Ana spends her time reading the one and only book that she owns over and over.

One day, Ana looks down the hill below her house and sees a man with a sign that reads "Biblioburro". The man has two burros with him and the burros are loaded down with Libros! Books!

The children all come running out and greet the man. He tells them he is a librarian and the books belong to his...more
This book tells the story of an actual “biblioburro” in Colombia. Like a bookmobile - only powered by two donkeys - the biblioburro was the inspiration of Colombian teacher Luis Soriano. Some ten years ago, he started spending his weekends bringing his own book collection by donkey to the poor children in the remote villages of Magdalena Province. With detailed, colorful pictures, this book tells the story of Ana, a little girl who loves books, and can’t wait for the biblioburro to come. In betw...more
Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown, illustrated by John Parra tells of Ana, who wakes up one morning to the sounds of hooves and a traveling library resting on the backs of two burros, with a librarian to read stories.

Parra's detailed illustrations are acrylics on boards. His folk art features greens, pinks, blues, browns & grays, and stylized images of people, plants and animals. While this can be shared with groups, the many details make this best enjoyed one on one to be able to...more
Great story of Ana, a young girl in a remote village who loves cuentos (stories) and the librarian who travels with his two burros, Alfa and Beto, to deliver libros (books) to Ana and the other children. Not only does he bring books, but he spends time teaching the children. Ana is inspired to write a story and give to him that he can then share with other children in other villages. This is based on a real man, Luis Soriano Bohorquez. The author's note gives some additional information about hi...more
Nathan Trevor
This is a great book. It's very cool that this actually happens in some places, where donkeys or animals carry books to rural villages! I loved the plot here: Ana loves stories but only owns a single book, which she has read so much she knows it by heart. She longs for more stories. Then, the Biblioburro comes and the librarian says the kids can take books and that he'll be back soon to exchange them for new ones. What a dream come true for Ana, who loves stories so much! I really liked this ide...more
Katy P.
I thought that this book was magical!
I had the fortunate opportunity to meet both Monica Brown and John Parra at the National Latino Children's Literature Conference last year, where they both presented their inspiration for writing and illustrating this wonderful story, based on the life of a real biblioburro, Luis Soriano Bohorquez.
This story shows how a thirst for knowledge can overcome any obstacles, and that one can find kindness in the strangest places. It sheds a light on conditions that...more
Why this book: This book adds depth to the library by providing a picture book with Spanish language and set in a Spanish speaking community. It also features a non-American protagonist.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Theme/KW: Colombia, reading, books, imagination

Quality: The illustrations are stylized and attractive, and the book gives the readers insight into another way of life.

Features: Glossary of Spanish words and an article about the real biblioburro.

Character: Female, Hispanic

Cultural Consider...more
Beautiful yet informative illustrations don this book about multicultural libraries. It's all about el biblioburro, a traveling library in Colombia. At the end, there's even information on other traveling libraries. The protagonist, an elementary-age girl, waits and waits for the biblioburro and eventually writes her own book. So sweet.
Wonderful story and really cute illustrations. Includes link to CNN story about the librarian, Luis. My students love to read books that provide these links so they can go online and learn more. Can't wait to share this book with them.
Leanne Hooper
An excellent tale set in Latin America that shows the importance of libraries and gives a glimpse into the realities of travelling libraries.
Julie Esanu
Ana, an imaginative and creative young girl, lives in a remote mountain village and loves to read. Unfortunately she only has one book and no access to a library or a school. To her delight, the Biblioburro arrives and shares his love of reading and books with the village. Ana eagerly awaits his next visit and uses the time to write her own story that will be shared with other children. A lovely story that is great to pair with Jeanette Winter's Biblioburro. Brown's version is more imaginative a...more
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Monica Brown, Ph.D. is the author of awardwinning bilingual books for children, including My Name Is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz/Me llamo Celia: La vida de Celia Cruz (Luna Rising), a recipient of the Américas Award for Children's Literature and a Pura Belpré Honor. Her second picture book, My Name Is Gabriela: The Life of Gabriela Mistral/Me llamo Gabriela: La vida de Gabriela Mistral (Luna Ris...more
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