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: 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!