New Year’s Eve and Gratitude
by Matthew
December 31, 2021

As 2021 comes to an end, we want to say thanks to each and every once of you (800+ people, and counting) who’ve contributed to the Busload of Books Tour.

Thanks to you, we’ll be bringing our books and assemblies to 25,000 students and teachers in every US state (and DC)—promoting reading, creativity, collaboration, and storytelling in communities where books are scarce and author/illustrator visits are practically nonexistent.

We don’t hit the road until September, but the planning is well under way. We’ve selected and scheduled the schools we’ll visit. We’ve run a pilot of the associated research project. We’ve ordered half the books we’ll be giving away. And the bus is steadily becoming an extremely tiny home.

There’s still lots of planning and packing and dreaming ahead, but for today, we just want thank you all truly— for your generosity, enthusiasm, and belief in us.

We can’t wait to bring you with us on the adventures of 2022. Happy new year, All!


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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:

Almost home.


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Good night from Lake Compounce Campground, where the heat is lifted, the moon is up, and the dogs are wanting for us to come to bed, already.

We had a wonderful day with the students and teachers of Highland Elementary. Usually school visits are single-day affairs, but we get to go back to Highland tomorrow for another day of fun.

Sweet dreams, friends.


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The Daily Minute: 5.22.24
In which we hear a story created by the next generation of authors and illustrators at Highland Elementary.


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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!