Reading around the World – Biblioburro

August 12, 2018

Reading Around the World

Today, I want to introduce you to a new product series in my store. I have been wanting to integrate social studies into my reading block for a while but I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted. I wanted my students to experience culture outside of their own and learn about places and people that may be new to them. So, I thought I’d create a series that does all of these things. I’ve been working hard on the first pack in the series.

Reading Around the World - Biblioburro

The first pack focuses on the Biblioburro. The Biblioburro is an amazing traveling library in Colombia that brings books by burro to rural communities. I know kids will love to learn about the Biblioburro. There’s even a PBS special on it. (I’ve included the classroom clip below.)

My pack uses the two books below. Click on the images to view on Amazon.

Biblioburro Waiting for the Biblioburro








The pack has a detailed lesson plan for each book. “Biblioburro” is the first book that is used so it has an introductory activity for the unit. This book also has strong vocabulary words so vocabulary cards are included.

“Biblioburro” by Jeannette Winter

Biblioburro plans

There’s also pages and prompts for writing to the text. Also, I’ve included structured responses for struggling writers.

Biblioburro Writing to the Text

I’ve also tried to make teaching easy for you by making the lesson into a Powerpoint and Keynote that you can project as you teach. I’ve included notes to the teacher in these presentations to help you through the lesson.

Biblioburro lesson presentations

“Waiting for the Biblioburro” by Monica Brown

I also have a detailed lesson plan for “Waiting for the Biblioburro” with prompts for writing to the text.

Waiting for the Biblioburro lessonLesson Powerpoints and Keynotes are included as well.

Waiting for the Biblioburro lesson presentationsNarrative Writing

Lastly, I thought I’d include a 5 day writing plan for narrative writing so you can read and write about the same topics.This includes planning sheets, writing paper, and editing and revising checklists and workouts.

Biblioburro narrative writing

Plus, the entire lesson can be presented through Powerpoint and Keynote slides that are already made for you.

Narrative writing presentations for Biblioburro



To wrap up the unit, throw in this cute little craft of the Biblioburro.

Biblioburro craft


Extra Readings

Use Epic! books for extra readings for your students independent reading time or even small groups. I’m sharing my library collection with you. Click on the image below.

Libraries collection on Epic! Books


Hope you love this series as much as I do! I’m working on some more book lessons to include. If you know of some books that include different cultures and traditions, leave me a comment or email me at

Happy reading!