Busload of Books on the End Book Deserts Podcast
by Matthew
February 20, 2022

One of the best things about launching our Busload of Books Tour project has been discovering and connecting with others who share our mission to get books into the hands of kids.

Case in point, the amazing Molly Ness, a teacher / scholar / author / advocate / force of nature who has recently launched the Coalition for Literacy Equity, a nationwide network of organizations, initiatives, scholars, librarians, and educators working collectively to foster positive reading cultures throughout the country—and to advocate on behalf of the 32 million American children who don’t have access to books.

Robbi and I recently had the pleasure of connecting with Molly to discuss our coming adventure on her End Book Deserts podcast.

Check out the Coalition for Literacy Equity (and sign up for the newsletter).

Learn more about the wonderful Molly Ness.


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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:

Here’s what’s next. A mere 2,134 miles remain between Squamish and Anchorage. In any other year, this would be the adventure and not an addendum.

We have pasta and firewood, a pound of salami and two cases of Coke. Our water and gas tanks are full.

Robbi did this drive as a kid, crammed in the back of a pickup with her sister and brother. Back then the roads weren’t paved and she spent the whole trip eating dust. Our drive will be luxurious in comparison.

So long for now—or not, depending on the whims of the rural Canadian Internet.

Anchorage or bust.


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The Daily Minute: 6.4.23
In which Robbi’s back-up Coca Cola has a rather nice view.


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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!