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Waiting for the Biblioburro

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  956 ratings  ·  185 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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Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: children interested in books and libraries, children interested in multiculturalism
Waiting for the Biblioburro (featuring a wonderful, evocative narrative by Monica Brown and John Parra's equally enchanting accompanying illustrations) is the 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 (the two first letters of the alphabet). And of course, Waiting for the Bibliloburro is also a sw ...more
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is ADORABLE. I’m quitting my job and buying two burros and becoming a traveling librarian.
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Gorgeous illustrations with text in both English and Spanish.
Lisa Vegan
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Cathy Traccarella
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
“Waiting for the Biblioburro” is an engaging story about a young girl, Ana, and her love of books despite having limited access to them. When a librarian goes above and beyond to bring books to children in the villages, we see how devoted Ana is to storytelling and how rich it makes her imagination. As I was reading about how much Ana loved reading I actually got teary-eyed! Author Monica Brown’s 2011 picture book is based on the real-life librarian, Luis Soriano Bohorquez, who really used two b ...more
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sarah Landwehr
Sep 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
“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
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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
A girl in an isolated town only has one book to read. She received this book from her school teacher, who has moved away, and now the children in the village have no teacher. One day a man arrives with his two donkeys carrying books. He reads stories to the children and loans them books until the next time he comes by. The girl writes her own story about the man with the mobile library and gifts it to him when he comes back.

My opinion of this book may be more negative than it would be in other
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: multicultural
(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
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Nov 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
This is a fascinating book about a young girl who lives in a remote village where she doesn't have access to school or books. She has one book that she reads over and over again. All of that changes when she and her neighbors get a visit from a man leading two burros carrying library books on their backs. Based on the story of a real-life librarian, Luis Soriano Bohorquez, this book tells the story of a traveling library providing books to people who live in rural Colombia. This book is written ...more
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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!
Kori Morris
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This has been one of my favorite books to read-aloud in class (I had 3rd graders). It ties in my love of world news/geography (world news because it's the story of a real person, still alive, and geography because the students got to hear about Colombia). The students loved it, my Spanish speaking students could help me with the pronunciation, and the pictures are great.
Mary Margaret
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I first heard of the biblioburro when reading Susan Orlean's "The Library Book," and found the concept so endearing that I shared it with my girlfriend. Nina and I are sitting at our weekly library date, and on her way back from the front of the building, she saw this book and brought it back to me. And the book is just as endearing as its mention in Orlean's book.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Apr 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
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.
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: south-america
We liked this story of the Biblioburro even better than the first. I think it was because it follows the perspective of a little girl. We were struck by how exciting it must be to wait for a book and how sad that she only had one book to begin with.
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very cute. Will use for Take Your Child to the Library Day
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very cute kids book in both English and Spanish.
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this twice in a round to ensure my pronunciation was good.
The tale of a young girl, who loved to read, but she only had one book to read, so she made up her own stories. One day a man with two donkeys loaded with books came to her village. It was a traveling library that brought many books for the children to read. It was known as the Biblioburro, and the young girl's life changed forever.
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: everybody-books
Great book to share with kids during Hispanic Heritage month. I recently saw a photo of a real biblioburro and was thrilled to discover this book that represents them to share with my students. I also loved the illustrations!
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
The kid wasn't much a fan, but I adored this book so much. The illustrations are absolutely adorable, and it's such a wonderful story. Plus, it's based on an awesome real-life person.
Nov 09, 2016 added it
Shelves: multicultural
1. This book tells the story of a young girl named Ana who only wants to read and tell stories. Since her teacher went to another village, there have not been any new books for her to read. One day, a man on a donkey comes to visit and calls it the "Biblioburro" or the library on the donkeys. He lends books to the children and says he will return to give them new ones. While she is waiting for him to return, she writes her own story about the traveling Biblioburro. She gives this to the man when ...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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