Our Long and Winding Route
by Matthew
January 7, 2022

At long last, I’m excited to share our basic Busload of Books tour route…

…courtesy of tons of hard work from Robbi who painstakingly worked around weekends, holidays, weather, and geography to schedule all 52 schools we’ll be visiting next year.

She entered all the dates and addresses into this cool road trip mapping software to get a general sense of where we’ll be and when. Click here to play around with the map.

I say “general sense” because, other than the schools themselves, our itinerary is not set in stone. The current projected distance is 21,757 miles (not counting the 4,000-mile drive home from Anchorage).

But between now and departure, we’ll be adding many zigs and zags—to visit friends, explore back roads, and discover the off-the-beaten path wonders you’ve been telling us about.

Note that this map excludes Hawaii. We’ll be flying there from Atlanta in February.

In the days ahead, we’ll be adding new stops to this map, asking for your help in brainstorming more places to visit, and telling you more about each of the schools on the tour.

But this is where we are at the moment. I’ve never been so excited about a squiggly line.


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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!