Waiting for the Biblioburro

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Why We Love This Book

My dad's earliest memory is going to the rice can and tapping it to find out whether there would be food to eat that day. I don't know what my children's earliest memories are going to be, but nothing like that. Nevertheless, I think it's important that they understand that not everyone has the bountiful access to resources that they do. 

As I've been curating children's picture books, I've been surprised, saddened and yet pleased at the number of books that address the less shiny sides of life and do it in a way that is still full of hope, fun, and even wonder. 

Fantastical and Grounded

Waiting for the Biblioburro is one of those books. The illustrations are brightly painted in a folk stlye that is at once fantastical and grounded. This matches the earthy reality of poverty and little girl Ana who dreams and waits for the Biblioburro to come again with new books and the stories they contain.  

The first time we checked this book out, we enjoyed diving into the colorful pictures to find the little details on each page.  More recently, we checked it out again and it was an easy springboard for talking about our building-at-the-end-of-the-street library experience and compare it to Ana's four-legged, through-the-winding-roads library. This is a book that can be enjoyed on many levels across a number of developmental milestones, a great addition to any home.  (by Andrea M., Zoobean Curator)


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 enough stories to encourage her to create one of her own. Inspired by the heroic efforts of real-life librarian Luis Soriano, award-winning picture book creators Monica Brown and John Parra introduce readers to the mobile library that journeys over mountains and through valleys to bring literacy and culture to rural Colombia, and to the children who wait for the BiblioBurro. (Amazon)

Product Details

  • Random House
  • August 2011
  • English
  • 1582463530
  • 978-1582463537