Biblioburro: A True Story from ColombiaBy
Written and Illustrated By Jeanette Winter
Where do you get your books?
If you lived in the Northern mountains of Colombia, it might be hard to visit a library or even have any books at all. But that was before the Biblioburro – a library carried by a donkey!
Based on a true story, the Biblioburro traveling library was created by a teacher named Luis Soriano who loved kids and loved books. He was so dedicated to reading and literacy that he has been willing to take his two special donkeys (Alfa and Beta) into remote and even dangerous places.
Although Luis started with about 300 books years ago, stories like this one have shared his amazing work and he now has thousands of books to share with kids – mostly donated by people who love reading about him from all over the world.
Luis loves to read, but soon his house in Colombia is so full of books there's barely room for the family. What to do? Then he comes up with the perfect solution--a traveling library! He buys two donkeys--Alfa and Beto--and travels with them throughout the land, bringing books and reading to the children in faraway villages. Beautiful!
Complete with an author's note about the real man on whom this story is based.