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Waiting for the Biblioburro

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  642 Ratings  ·  142 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  ·  review of another edition
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 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Mar 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Kori Morris
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Gorgeous illustrations with text in both English and Spanish.
Cathy Traccarella
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lisa Vegan
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
“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
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
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: international
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
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bilingual
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!
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very cute. Will use for Take Your Child to the Library Day
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: multicultural
Monica Brown does another amazing job telling a sweet Latino story. In this book, Ana is a young girl who loves to read. From the beginning, the reader learns that Ana is sleeping in a house on a hill. She has chores when she wakes up and after those are complete, her mother, baby brother, and Ana take a walk down the hill. She longs to be back at her cool home, reading a book. Her first and only book came from a teacher. Unfortunately, this teacher had to move away and now there is no one left ...more
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: text-set
I loved this book. Waiting for the Biblioburro, is a realistic fiction story about a girl growing up in a remote town in Central America. After her teacher left, the town had no one left to teach the children and books were in scarce supply. The main character, Ana, has only one book she can read and she has read it so many times she has it memorized. She enjoys making up stories and telling them to her younger sibling, but it is just not the same as having a book in her hand to read. Then one d ...more
I loved this picture book the first time I read it since it features a young girl in rural Columbia who craves reading materials, and when no new books arrive for a period of time, she writes her own book. The fact that her village has no library but ends up relying on one man who has two burros who transport books from place to place touched me, especially since the story is based on a real-life literary hero, Luis Soriano Bohorquez. I can only imagine the excitement with which those young read ...more
Tiffany Kelly
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: multicultural
Ana loves stories but only has one book until a traveling librarian brings books to her small village. She is delighted to finally read and learn. This book is based on the real life story of librarian Luis Soriano Bohórquez.

I loved the text of this book and how it gently tells about a little girl who has only one book. Each page has the words in English and Spanish making it helpful for English Language Learners. A great book for any classroom.

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Juliana Lee
Ana is sad. Her teacher has moved away and there is no one in the village to help her read and write. She has only one book which her teacher gave her last year. She has read it so many times she has it memorized. Then one day a man with two burros comes into town. His burros are loaded down with books. The man is a librarian. He sits under a tree with the children and reads books. He lets the children take books home with the until he returns. But it takes him so long to return that Ana worries ...more
Sierra Fresh
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: billingual
I love this story! Not only does it have both Spanish and English vocabulary, but it shows how different communities can be both similar and different at the same time. The young girl in the story doesn’t have access to the same things we usually do here, but her love for reading is obvious and maybe even greater than many of students here might have. The illustrations, acrylics on boards, are enchanting and really draw you in. This book offers great background and information into other culture ...more
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read 5 books to a 6 year old yesterday. She picked 4 of the books, and I picked Waiting for the Biblioburro. She loved this book, and wanted to give it 5 stars. She is hispanic, and seemed to enjoy the Spanish words.... she corrected my pronunciation, which was so cute! I asked her what she liked best, and she said that she liked the way the girl told her brother stories, and when she bugged her mother asking her when the Biblioburro was coming back. She was amazed that it was a true book. I a ...more
Amanda Vander hyde
This book shows a young girl who loves reading. The illustrations really support the diversity of this book because the illustration is of a young girl of Hispanic descent who has a librarian who comes to her village to help her find stories to read, so that she can increase her literacy, especially because she loves reading. This is great because it shows that reading is a love for everyone rather than specific to a certain race or gender, and it is something that other children will be able to ...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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