SAVE THE DATE For Our Public Bus Muraling Extrava- ganza!
by Matthew
March 27, 2022


Kent County Friends: Come join Robbi and me from 5-7pm on First Friday, May 6 to tour the bus, help paint the mural, meet the research team, talk to bus whisperer Brian Thompson, and sign up for the Kent County Public Library summer reading program.

Meet representatives from various community organizations that support local students and families. Learn what it means that HH Garnet Elementary School has been designated a Community School by the State of Maryland. (It’s cool and exciting and great for the families of Chestertown.)

More details to come! We’ll be gathering in the parking lot behind Garnet Elementary.

We hope you will join us!


  1. Robbi and Matthew,
    Am I able to come to this event! I want to be there and join in the fun!

  2. Hi, Dina! YES! We would absolutely love to see you (and anyone else you’d like to drag along).


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:

At BWI, waiting to board the first of four flights. The mail has been held. The coolers are packed. I’m ready for another summer in Alaska.

Looking forward to smelling the tundra, drinking from the spring, looking for agates, picking fish, baking cakes, and seeing the Bristol Bay sunrise.

But mostly looking forward to seeing my crew. Apparently, the fishing is already underway. When I finally get to Coffee Point, I’ll hop out of the bush plane and into my waders.

So long for now. Will be back before you know it with more photos and stories to share.

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The Daily Minute: 6.23.24
As Matthew packs for Alaska, he needs your help deciding between protein and joy.

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The Daily Minute: 6.22.24
In which garlic is needed, Goji is cold, and we are grateful to the librarians and students of Japan.

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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!