Sunrise Summer is a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of 2021
by Matthew
April 22, 2022

We are excited and honored to see Sunrise Summer on the Bank Street College of Education’s 2022 list of Best Children’s Books of the Year.

If you’re looking for a picture book about adventure, self-empowerment, and off-grid living in a far-flung corner of the world, you can order a copy with a signed bookplate from our friends at Postmark books.

To check out the full 2022 Bank Street list, click here.


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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:

In which we recount tales of triumph and woe on the byways of Kansas. ...

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The Daily Minute: 3.29.23
In which we get up close and personal with a pack of peckish lorikeets.


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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!