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.

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!