Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown, illustrations by John Patra
I first found this book when looking for titles to read in 2012 when we read around the world with picture books, focused on Central and South America. Since then, we've requested it many times from our library. Jeanette Winter has a similar book, Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia, but I personally prefer the Monica Brown one.
Based on the life of a Colobian librarian, Luis Soriano Bohorequez, who travels through rural areas leading a burro loaded with books, this book inspires an appreciation for the libraries we have here in America as well as a love of words and stories. It's a joy to read over and over again.