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

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.
Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown

The Chirstopher Awards

In Waiting for the Biblioburro (Tricycle Press/Random House Children’s Books), author Monica Brown and illustrator John Parra craft a tale for kindergartners inspired by traveling librarian Luis Soriano who carries books to children in rural Columbia on his two donkeys.

Instuctional Sequnece

Vocabulary Words:

Library - A place were there are books for children to read

Burro: Donkey

Read Aloud:

- 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.

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I picked "Waiting for the Biblioburro" to read to my class because, about 30% of the class is Hispanic and the rest f the class is white. I wanted to read a multicultural book that would connect to students that were part of the Hispanic ethnic group. If I would have chose a different ethnic group to read about, there would have been no students to connect to what I was reading. There were some strengths of the read aloud, the colorful illustrations kept the students engaged in the book, as well with my questions that I was asking the students. If I were to do another read aloud to my class, I would sit in a different spot so that the students were more in a half circle around me instead of spread out around the carpet were they were talking. I would also be more confidant in reading to the students, I was very nervous at first and my CT told me that as well, but she also told me that I more comfortable as I read the book to the students. Implementing multicultural children's literature that is culturally and linguistically diverse relative to my elementary students has made then aware of other cultures do the same things that we do, like read books and go to the library, they just do it in a different way.