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: 9.30.23
In which Robbi has loved her best life and we are one child shy of liberation.

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The Daily Minute: 9.29.23
In which the bus is heading to Cox Diesel Repair and Fabrication for a tuneup.


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According to Goji, it’s Bring Your Dog to Work Day. He’s trying so hard, but his stories are dull, with tedious descriptions of sniffing and snorting, endless dull stretches of napping, and inevitably concluding with the protagonist consuming large bowls of tasteless brown nuggets with reckless disregard for common politeness or personal well-being. Also, he’s terrible at typing. ...

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The Daily Minute: 9.18.23
In which Robbi is sized up by her secret admirer.

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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!