Where Should We Go In the Central US?
by Matthew
February 12, 2022

This is the moment you’ve been waiting for!

Some of you, anyway. Please tell us where to go and what to do, try, see, taste, and experience in West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee. Please?

Robbi just scowled at me and told me to remind you to use the form. Please don’t make her scowl at me again.

To make your suggestions without me getting scowled at USE THIS FORM.


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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:

In which we recount tales of triumph and woe on the byways of Kansas. ...

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The Daily Minute: 3.29.23
In which we get up close and personal with a pack of peckish lorikeets.


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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!