In Which Robbi is Not Here But Also Not So Far Away
by Matthew
April 20, 2022

Robbi is on sabbatical this week.

Which mean’s she’s very busy eating dump cake, sleeping when she needs to, and furiously finishing the final illustrations for Cookie Chronicles 5.

Planning the Tour has taken much more time and effort than we’d realized, and we’ve fallen behind on everything else. New wrinkles keep popping up—but also new opportunities. We’re cooking on a few exciting developments we’ll tell you about as soon as we can.

Fortunately, Robbi’s home for the week is just a few blocks from the Barn, so we’ve been swinging by once a day for restorative hugs and dump cake deliveries.

Food for the belly and soul.

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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.

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Robbi and I are heading to your fair city on Sunday for a busy week of back-to-back school visits. We’ll be doing many presentations, various lunches, several dinners, and an evening meet-and-greet. (This is where you come in.)
 
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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!