Tour Announcement Recap
by Matthew
October 20, 2021


Our family will be spending the 2022-2023 school year traveling the country in a tiny home school bus, visiting Title I elementary schools in all 50 states, doing assemblies on creativity and collaboration, and giving away 25,000 books to kids from underserved communities.

We’ll be taking our version of the great American road trip—visiting off-the-beaten-path communities and asking people from widely different backgrounds a common set of questions.

Whatever we discover, we’ll share with our followers—via daily photos, videos, and essays.

Our goals are several:

  • To spur reading, creativity, and collaboration in literacy deserts across the country
  • To increase awareness of the national crisis of poverty-fueled inequity in our nation’s public schools
  • To set up micro-giving campaigns in every school we visit
  • To conduct a major research project, measuring the impact of author visits
  • To experience and chronicle our adventures, hoping to discover we’re not quite as divided as it sometimes seems.

We aim to boost awareness, prompt engagement, and raise smiles. But we can’t do it on our own. $5 puts a book in the hands of a kid who otherwise wouldn’t have access to it. $150 buys books for an entire classroom.



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The Busload of Books Tour is a year-long project to promote literacy and raise awareness of the challenges facing our nation’s public schools.

Author/illustrator duo Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr (that’s us) and our four kids will spend the 2022-2023 school year traveling the country in a school bus/tiny home, visiting Title I schools in all 50 states (plus DC), and giving away 25,000 hardcover books to students and teachers from underserved communities.

As we travel, we will be blogging, vlogging and posting frequently to social media. All of our content will be appropriate for bringing families and students along on our ultimate road trip.

The latest on Instagram:

The Daily Minute: 2.21.24
In which, 35 training sessions later, Jasper is ready to pilot the big cart.

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Robbi and I are heading to your fair city on Sunday for a busy week of back-to-back school visits. We’ll be doing many presentations, various lunches, several dinners, and an evening meet-and-greet. (This is where you come in.)
Should you care to meet us or greet us or give us a hug, we’ll be at the Glenside Library in Glendale Heights from 3:30-5:00pm next Tuesday night (Feb 27), meeting and greeting and hopefully seeing you.

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The Daily Minute: 2.20.24
In which Robbi is on strike, Jasper shows no mercy, and Dumbles holds strong opinions we cannot comprehend.

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The Daily Minute: 2.19.24
In which we are scheming and dreaming of fewer hats and no joy.

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Whoever you are, take your seat on the bus!

Our adventure is your adventure. Our country is your country, too. Follow along with us!