Where Should We Go in the Northeast?
by Matthew
February 4, 2022

We are up to our elbows in bus tour planning.

As such, it is time to resume our nationwide search for all things interesting, noteworthy, beautiful, and delicious. For the sake of efficiency, we’re abandoning the state-by-state brainstorming in favor of a regional approach.

Our request: Tell us where we should go and what we should do as we travel the great American Northeast (in this case defined as MD, PA, RI, NY, CT, MA, VT, NH, and ME)! We’re particularly interested in the lesser-known and off-the-beaten-path treasures and oddities.

The most helpful way to share your ideas is to enter them into this form. You are welcome to list your ideas in the comments below, but unless they also find their way into the form, we’re unlikely to see them when the time comes to make big, bold decisions about where to go.

In summary:


If you’ve ever seen the movie Snakes on a Plane, Robbi’s wrath is kind of like that.



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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!