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:

Almost home.


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Good night from Lake Compounce Campground, where the heat is lifted, the moon is up, and the dogs are wanting for us to come to bed, already.

We had a wonderful day with the students and teachers of Highland Elementary. Usually school visits are single-day affairs, but we get to go back to Highland tomorrow for another day of fun.

Sweet dreams, friends.


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The Daily Minute: 5.22.24
In which we hear a story created by the next generation of authors and illustrators at Highland Elementary.


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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!