School Bus Conversion Plan Walkthrough
by Matthew
November 1, 2021

Over the weekend, we asked our friend Brian Thompson to walk us through his plans for our bus conversion.

Follow along as he talks about galley kitchens, jackknife couches, lithium batteries, on-board generators, backup cameras, flexible solar panels, recessed disco lighting, and actuated, roof-mounted pop-tops. (Also his pet tiger.)

If, after watching this video, you decide you don’t want to live in a school bus for a year, you probably have excellent judgment. But if you’re suddenly on the hunt for someone to trick out your skoolie, you can do no better than Brian.


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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:

In which we recount tales of triumph and woe on the byways of Kansas. ...

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The Daily Minute: 3.29.23
In which we get up close and personal with a pack of peckish lorikeets.


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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!