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Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,087 ratings  ·  181 reviews
Luis loves to read, but soon his house in Colombia is so full of books there's barely room for the family. What to do? Then he comes up with the perfect solution—a traveling library! He buys two donkeys—Alfa and Beto—and travels with them throughout the land, bringing books and reading to the children in faraway villages. Beautiful!

Complete with an author's note about the
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by Beach Lane Books
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Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Mir by: Rancho Cordova Library
Nice, brightly-illustrated account of bibliophile Luis' efforts to shared his beloved and overflowing book collection with those too remote to reach the library. I'm sure his undertaking was more complicated (financially and practically) than is presented here, but this is right for small children.

I read this in Spanish, but that edition doesn't seem to exist on goodreads.
Lisa Vegan
Adorable and inspiring. I want to donate books!

This is a wonderful true story. Luis Soriana and his burros are still acting as a library to areas that would otherwise not have access to books. This is a modern story. According to the author’s note at the end of the book, this man and his burros started delivering books starting in 2000 when he had 70 books; he now has over 4,800 books to share.

This is an inspiring account. Yes, one person can make a difference, and can turn a “problem” into a
Aug 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kathryn by: Lisa--thank you!
Loved this story! It's the true story of a wonderful Columbian man who lives in the countryside in a house full of books, books and more books! One day, he decides (with a little help from his wife, who is getting a bit tired of all those books everywhere, haha!) that he should share his love of stories with children across the countryside who don't have access to books in their everyday lives. So, he loads crates of books onto burros and has a traveling Biblioburro :-) The story is told with ...more
Maureen Houston
Oct 07, 2013 rated it liked it
From the jungles of Columbia, comes a man, Luis, who is a lover of books. As the books pile higher and higher in his home, his frustrated wife asks, "What are we going to do, eat books with our rice?" Luis begins to think of a way to share his love of books with others. He decides to buy two burros, or donkeys, to help carry books to faraway places where people have no access to books.
Once a week, Luis brings his biblioburro (The Burro Library) into the hills, where he is able to share books
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
1. Twin Text: Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed by Eileen Christleow Copyright 2014
2. Rationale: Biblioburro is a precious story from the remote villages of Colombia. It tells the true tale of a man named Luis who loves reading and wants to share his love of books with others. He decides to load his two trusty donkeys with books and ride them deep into the jungle to bring books to those who have none. He reads a story to the children first (a true interactive read aloud complete with masks),
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Biblioburro is a true story about a man names Luis, a school teacher who loves to read, and his two burros, Alfa and Beto. The story takes place in rural Colombia, where Luis has collected so many books that he decides to share them with people who live in faraway villages. Luis takes his books on his two burros and travels to the countryside every weekend to share his love of reading with the children of El Tormento, by reading to them and letting them borrow his books. This story expresses the ...more
Katie Clark
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: katie-reviews
Biblioburro: A True Story From Colombia, written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter is a fantastic informational picture book that will be cherished by children. This book is a true story about book lover Luis and his quest to deliver books to people across the countryside. Luis’ two burros, Alfa and Beto, carry the books and help Luis make the journey.

This book is a great book to introduce a different culture to children. To many children, getting books is taken for granted because it is so
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A true story of a man with "too many books" who decided to donate them to children who didn't have any. The pictures are brilliantly colored and so beautiful it will captivate all the students. This man lives in the jungles of Columbia and is wife is growing tired of all the books everywhere so he gets the idea to travel to the hills and share them with children who have no access to books. His "biblioburro" is essentially a bookmobile on a donkey. To this day he has donated over 4,000 books to ...more
Hannah Kersting
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: multicultural
Bright Colors, wild animals, and cartoon drawings visually attract young children to this amazing story set in Columbia. Not only is this book an incredible tale, but it is one that is based on a true story. The tale is of a Columbian school teacher that loved to read. One day he realized that he had so many books that he decided to give them to other people. He traveled with two burros (mules) to deliver his extra books to children high up in the mountains of Columbia. Monica Brown uses vivid ...more
Jul 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Have you seen this adorable new book (Simon and Schuster)?

Luis is a man who lives in the jungles of Columbia. He is a man who LOVES books, and his home is filled with them. When his wife gets upset about all the books, Luis gets an idea.

Along with the help of his two sturdy burros: Alfa and Beto, they start a 'blibloburro bookmobile' of sorts,. Together Luis and his two burros transport the books to people in the the hills of Columbia who have none. Each weekend when they make the trip, Luis
Jul 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Biblioburro: A True Story from Columbia is a mostly nonfiction picture book whose target audience is chilren ages 4-8. The author tells the true story of Luis Soriano, a teacher from Columbia. After realizing how wealthy he was in regards to books, Luis decided to load them up on two burros and take them to children in the mountains who had no libraries and few books.
The text and font are easy to read and the illustrations are cheery, colorful, and match the tone and story. Children will enjoy
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I love this true story of a man in Colombia who wants to share his books with others in the remote area where he lives. Not only does he deliver them, but he tells stories to the children as well. It reminds me of Kathi Appelt's Down Cut Shin Creek: the Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky and Nancy Smiler Levinson's Clara and the Bookwagon. It's hard to imagine a country where libraries are scarce. I don't know what I'd do without books! Highly recommended, especially in combination with Appelt's ...more
Luisa Knight
A story geared for younger children about a man that delivers books to villages scattered in the mountains of Colombia.

Ages: 3 - 8

#geography #southamerica #colombia

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Aug 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
"Deep in the jungles of Columbia, there lives a man who loves books."

And so begins the wonderful true story of a man named Luis who comes up with a brilliant idea to share his books with those who have none.

4 stars for the story and 5 stars for the gorgeously bright and vivid illustrations! Loved the random butterflies perching on their heads and shoulders and the adorably drawn burros. <3
Jul 05, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a very colorful storybook about a Colombian man who shares his book collection with neighboring villages by heading the world's first donkey-back library!

Vegan parents note: Since this story features animals as beasts of burden, as well as Luis buying the two donkeys he uses for his library, there may be a bit of discomfort for vegan families in this one.
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Luis Soriana, an avid reader and schoolteacher, wanted to share his love of reading with people and children living in isolated areas in northern Colombia so he bought two burros and changed the lives of many. Most of the homes in this areas were without books and Luis greatly enhanced their lives with books.

Based on the true story.
Aug 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Beautifully illustrated story of the mobile burro/donkey library in Colombia. At one point a thief demands of Luis "give me your silver" which I assumed to be a mistake in translation of "plata" in Spanish which does not mean "silver" but actually means "money" in this context.
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love the real life story behind it, but this paints the motive as starting because there are too many books, and what to do with all the books. I relate.
A heart-warming true story.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have no children to share it with and I am not a teacher, still, I loved Biblioburro so much I had to buy it. Bright cheerful artwork, a just-the-right-length story, and a happy books-before-bed ending.
Lesley Burnap
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Clever story of a man who brings books to the children of his part of Columbia. Based on the real-life traveling librarian, Luis Soriano. (Please preview before reading-2 pages w/robbery.)
Gabriella Anders
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teaching
This book truly inspires the young reader to cherish books. Luis, a man from Columbia has acquired a tremendous amount of books throughout his life from his love of reading. He decides that he does not need all of these books the way that those who do not have as much of them do. He takes two mules, and travels with the books to a village to bring books to children. This becomes a tradition he keeps doing for a long time. He becomes his own traveling library. This book is great for children aged ...more
This story is based on Luis Soriana and the impact he makes in his corner of the world: La Gloria, a remote town in northern Colombia. Luis wanted to share books with kids and families who didn't have any in their home and had limited access due to their living in remote villages, so he rounded up two burros and loaded some books on their back in a quest to connect people and books.

What I love about this book is that it presents a different type of library access in a read aloud story supported
Sean Albright
1. Text to self – This book offered a reminder to me as to how beautiful and dynamic South America is. The illustrations here take a look at the jungles of Colombia and the cultures within them. Someday, I would really like to travel to a South American country to visit an area such as Colombia.
2. Remembering: What type of animals did Luis purchase?
Understanding: Describe what happened in the story before Luis started his Biblio-burro.
Applying: How is Luis’ library similar to a library that
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Grade/interest level: K-2
Reading level:
Genre: Multicultural, Non-fiction

Main Characters: Luis Soriano
Setting: Colombia
POV: 3rd pov

Biblioburro: A True Story From Colombia is the true story about a man who hopped onto a donkey and brought the joys of reading to the children of Colombia. Luis Soriano loved books. He collects so many books that he no longer has room to keep them in his house. Since his home is overflowing with books, he decides to share these books with people and children in other
Kristin Campbell
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
I selected this book as my Latino multicultural book because I thought it was very good example of their work. This stroy is based off a true stroy from Colombia. The story follows a man who enjoys reading and gets a great idea that if when he goes to get more books he will bring an extra donkey to carry more books. After he collects a lot of book he names his libary "Bibliobrro". The story also shows how his libary grows and more and more kids come to visit it. The illustrations of
Julia Drescher
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 1st-3rd grade
I really enjoyed this book! The illustrations are colorful and bring the story to life! This book tells the story of Luis Soriano; it is the engaging story of his life. Luis had so many books that he got the idea to bring books to people far away who do not have any. He bought two Burros, one to ride, and one to carry books. Biblioburro translates to "The Burro Library." The burro that carried the books went with Luis and brought books to those who did not have any.
I found this book to be
Jacqueline Nieto
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I first came across "Biblioburro" on NLU's library shelf, I was a bit skeptical. However, I became a fan of the book as soon as I read about the story's main character named Luis and how he enjoyed reading books. Luis enjoyed reading so much that his house soon became filled with books. After realizing that his house was filled with too many books, Luis decided to travel with his two burros and share them with others. I truly believe that this book has the potential to teach young readers ...more
Nicole Cingiser
Biblioburro is the true story of schoolteacher Luis Soriano's commitment to bring books to remote areas of his native Colombia. A voracious reader, Soriano had a large collection of books that he wanted to share. He used two burros to make his first trip, which are depicted in this book. Soriano's journey brings him through the Colombian wilderness, and the native plants and animals can be see through vivid illustrations. Biblioburro shows what one person can do to make a difference in his ...more
Luis Soriano is amazing. I'm delighted someone wrote a book about him and his biblioburro.

The The NYT featured him a few years back and the article's worth reading, if you're interested.

I love happy, colorful illustrations. The more I think about it, the better I am with the way Winter pointed out the dangers he faces--a robber shows up on one page, steals a book, says next time he'd like silver, and flees. The best part is her focus on Luis loving reading and wanting everyone to have access to
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