A True Story from Colombia


Illustrated by: Jeanette Winter
For Ages: 6 - 9
  • 5
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.
  • Beach Lane Books | 
  • 32 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416997788 | 
  • June 2010 | 
  • Grades 1 - 4 | 
  • Lexile AD640
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A man brings books-and joy-to the children of remote Colombian villages in Biblioburro, a moving book based on a true story from Jeanette Winter.

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About the Author

Jeanette Winter
Drawing by Jeanette Winter

Jeanette Winter

Jeanette Winter is the acclaimed author/illustrator of many highly regarded picture books, including The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq; Mama: A True Story in Which a Baby Hippo Loses His Mama During a Tsunami, but Finds a New Home, and a New Mama; Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa; Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan; Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia; Henri’s Scissors; Mr. Cornell’s Dream Boxes; and Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan. She lives with her husband, artist Roger Winter, in New York.