In Which Generosity and Books Make a Powerful Team
by Matthew
April 26, 2022

These boxes contain 222 hardcover copies of Ben Yokoyama and the Cookie of Doom.

They will be donated to the 2nd-5th graders of HH Garnet Elementary School this coming Friday when Robbi and I visit the school to talk about our books and how we work together to make them.

The books were funded by a generous donation from the Friends of the Kent County Public Library. Many thanks thanks to Judi OBrien, Cynthia Saunders, and others for creating this opportunity for kids in our community to connect with books and the related benefits.

The pre K-1st graders will be getting a copy of either Everywhere, Wonder or Babies Ruin Everything, made possible by Garnet’s Title I funding.

We can’t wait to spend the day at Garnet. As much as we love making our books, they’re mostly just a good excuse to go into schools and connect with students and teachers.

The magic happens when books get read, sparking excitement and creating momentum for writing and drawing and storytelling.

That’s what this pile of books will hopefully do. Thanks to everyone who helped make this giveaway possible.

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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:

The Daily Minute: 2.21.24
In which, 35 training sessions later, Jasper is ready to pilot the big cart.

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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.)
Should you care to meet us or greet us or give us a hug, we’ll be at the Glenside Library in Glendale Heights from 3:30-5:00pm next Tuesday night (Feb 27), meeting and greeting and hopefully seeing you.

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The Daily Minute: 2.20.24
In which Robbi is on strike, Jasper shows no mercy, and Dumbles holds strong opinions we cannot comprehend.

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The Daily Minute: 2.19.24
In which we are scheming and dreaming of fewer hats and no joy.

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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!