Waiting for the Biblioburro
By: Monica Brown Illistrated by: John Parra
About the Book
"Waiting on the Biblioburro" by Monica Brown and Illustrated by John Parra was published in 2011 by Tricycle Press.
This read aloud is planned for second graders. "Waiting on the Biblioburro" is a picture book about a man brings a remote village two burros, Alfa and Beto, loaded with books for the children to barrow. Ana's excitement leads her to write a book of her own as she waits for the Biblioburro to return.
The illustrations in this book are rich in cultural details because they portray the looks and colors of Mexico. The book shows cultural accuracy by having the characters speak some Spanish. There is a unique language in the book because the author put both Spanish and English text.
Monica Brown's Insperation
The Chirstopher Awards
Library - A place were there are books for children to read
- Show the students the cover of the book and read the title to them "Waiting on the Biblioburro" then ask them "What do you think that this book is going to be about?"
- Begin reading pages 1 to 5 and then pause to ask the students "What would you do if Ms. Tullis moved away and you had no teacher?"
- Read to page 8 and pause and ask the students "Looking at the illustration what do you think a burro is?" then ask them what do you think the burros are carrying?"
-Continue to read to page 15 then pause to ask the students "Have you ever been reading a book that was so good you didn't want to put it down?"
- Read to page 24 and stop to ask the students "Where so you think the next child is going to be?"
- Read to page 26 to finish the book.
Library Word Chain
Using a piece of chart paper, have the students brain storm what all they know is in a library, write down the ideas of the students on the chart paper so they will have a word bank to look off of when they are making their word chains.
Students will each receive a white strip of paper that says library on it, and five other color strips that they will write down things that they know that are in a library, they will then glue the strips of paper in circles interlocking them to make a chain.