Waiting For The Biblioburro/Esperando el Biblioburro (Hardcover)
Story-loving Ana, a child in rural Colombia, hungers for books after her teacher moves far away and Ana is left with only one book. One morning, Ana awakes to the sounds of clip-clop hooves and sees a librarian with his two burros, Alfa and Beto, who are carrying a moving library on their back- a Biblioburro! Parra’s illustrations of acrylic on board burst off of each page with colorful textured scenes of country life. I adore this new picture book about the pleasure of reading and the power of hope through books and dreams. Bonus- it’s in English and Spanish!— From Batya's Picks
A remarkable tale of books and reading, now in a bilingual Spanish-English edition.
On most days, teacher and librarian Luis Soriano Bohorquez packs his two burros, Alfa and Beto, with books and makes his way over mountains and through valleys to visit children in far-flung villages in rural Colombia--all for the sake of literacy and culture. Based on the work of a remarkable man and his intrepid burros, this bilingual English and Spanish edition celebrates the impact that a special mobile library--called the "biblioburro"--has had on the lives of real children. About the author: Monica Brown's Peruvian American heritage has inspired in her a desire to share Latino stories with children. Her books have garnered starred reviews, the Americas Award, two Pura Belpre Author Honors, and the prestigious Rockefeller Fellowship on Chicano Cultural Literacy. Monica is currently Professor of English at Northern Arizona University, specializing in U.S. Latino and Multicultural Literature. Visit her at monicabrown.net.
About the Author
John Parra is an award-winning illustrator, designer, teacher, and fine painter, whose work is avidly collected. John's books have received numerous awards, including the Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor Award for Gracias/Thanks by Pat Mora and for Green Is a Chile Pepper by Roseanne Greenfield Thong. John lives in Queens, New York, with his wife. Visit him at johnparraart.com.