In Which Matthew Is (Just Barely) Ready for Prime Time
by Matthew
April 27, 2022

Spent the day with my friend Maria taping and priming the bus.

Seven hours and one emergency run to Sherwin-Williams later (we ran out of tape), every conceivable surface is now covered and waiting for Robbi to start outlining the mural.

On Friday, May 6, we’ll spend the day coloring it in with students from HH Garnet Elementary School, and that evening from 5-7pm, we invite anyone to swing by, pick up a brush, and help us finish painting this bus.

Every step of this project has been a group effort, and today was no exception. THANK YOU to Maria for a fun and productive day.

And thanks in advance to anyone who comes out to join us on the 6th!


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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: 9.30.23
In which Robbi has loved her best life and we are one child shy of liberation.

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The Daily Minute: 9.29.23
In which the bus is heading to Cox Diesel Repair and Fabrication for a tuneup.


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According to Goji, it’s Bring Your Dog to Work Day. He’s trying so hard, but his stories are dull, with tedious descriptions of sniffing and snorting, endless dull stretches of napping, and inevitably concluding with the protagonist consuming large bowls of tasteless brown nuggets with reckless disregard for common politeness or personal well-being. Also, he’s terrible at typing. ...

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The Daily Minute: 9.18.23
In which Robbi is sized up by her secret admirer.

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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!