In Which We Are Once Again Reminded Why We Choose to Live In Chestertown
by Matthew
May 25, 2022

Robbi painted all night and wore out her brush.

This morning at 8:30, I put out a call for a #8 round replacement brush to our Chestertown community, and by 9:30am, I was back at the Barn with six new brushes—and a jar of pear sandalwood body butter from Chester River Soaperie (which I have been instructed to massage into Robbi’s weary hands). Thanks to Jason Patterson, Stu Cawley, and Mariam Hassanali Satchell (maker of the body butter) for their speedy generosity.

I needed a reminder of the world’s goodness this morning, and got it.


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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!