Wandering Family Seeking Showers and Extension Cord
by Matthew
January 9, 2022

As we embark upon the next stage of bus tour planning, the time has come to ask you a series of uncomfortable questions.

Such as: Can we park our bus in your driveway? May we use your shower? And bathroom? Might we wash our dirty socks in your washing machine? And siphon power from your grid? And…most important to Matthew…will you feed us dinner

The bottom line: We are in active search of kindly hosts willing to endure the oversized insult of our traveling menagerie.
Because we are already being demanding, ROBBI HAS CREATED A FORM FOR YOU TO FILL OUT if you are interested and willing to host us for a night on the bus tour.

You can reference the color-coded map above to see when we might be in your part of the world. Or click here for a more detailed sense of our basic route.


  • 1) We will still love you if you’re not able to host us.
  • We might not be able to visit you even if you fill out the form. (Our itinerary is still evolving, but your responses will help us figure out where to go.
  • Our family includes two adults, four children (14, 12, 10, and 5), and a rowdy Boston terrier.
  •  Robbi will disown you if you comment below but do not fill out the form.
  • When you make Robbi mad, it makes things worse for the rest of us.

Thank you, Friends! We look forward to seeing some of you (and your bathrooms) on the road!


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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: 12.9.22
In which, having just arrived in Texas, we plan to spend the night in Jasper County.


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Robbi got this text from Erica Bridwell (known to friends and colleagues as “B”), the first-grade teacher who hosted Jasper during Tuesday’s visit to North Pike Elementary School in Summit, Mississippi. We signed a copy of Everywhere, Wonder for B, and Robbi had written in the dedication to “keep fighting the good fight.”
It’s a difficult time to be a teacher, especially at a school with limited resources and especially when serving kids who bring additional challenges to school. Educators need a boost every bit as much as their students do.
We’re sharing this to show that the tour is also for them, and maybe even more so. 
“We miss y’all! It felt like a part of us left when y’all did. Y’all have NO IDEA the impact you’re making not only on kids, but adults too! I haven’t had the easiest school year so far. I have felt defeated, frustrated, and overwhelmed. My connection with my students has felt faint and really nonexistent… I’ve struggled to find ways to motivate them, encourage them more… then y’all come along and somehow it has put fire back into me. Your words have made me reflect since I read them… “keep fighting the good fight…” it was powerful. I had that “full moon feeling” that feeling of how much I love what I do. I thought of what it means to me and what those kids mean to me. I remembered why God chose me to do this. Your kind words lifted me up. So thank you. Thank y’all. What y’all are doing is amazing! Safe travels! I’ll be following!”

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The Daily Minute: 12.8.22
In which we bask in the sweet Louisiana night and brace ourselves for the enormity of Texas.


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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!