In Which We Invite You to Join Us For the Ultimate Virtual Road Trip
by Matthew
August 28, 2022

The Busload of Books Tour is about to begin.

In service of our mission, we’ll be traveling through all fifty states in the year ahead.

We’ll visit state parks and national monuments, roadside attractions and hole-in-the wall eateries. From the Black Hills (South Dakota) to the House on the Rock (Wisconsin) to the Pencil Sharpener Museum (Ohio), we’ll be exploring our country’s stunning variety of physical and cultural landscapes.

We hope our family’s adventures will double as a fun and interesting virtual road trip for anyone who cares to follow along.


  • We’ll be posting daily photos, stories, and reels on Instagram and Facebook, all our videos on YouTube, and I’ll be offering more in-depth storytelling on the Tour blog.
  • We’ll be posting a few recurring features in every state: 1) a fun and fact-filled essay by our wonderful intern Isabel 2) a video by our 14-year-old daughter Alden, and 3) a top-secret project featuring Jasper, age 5 (stay tuned)
  • Robbi will be sketching if and when she feels like sketching but refuses to commit to any sort of sketching schedule, so don’t ask or even hope, or she will stubbornly not sketch.
  • Wherever we go, we’ll be asking the people we meet the same three questions and will share their responses with you.


  • If you’d like to to follow along, the Busload of Books Tour website is the best hub for accessing it all.
  • The blog (which you’re reading right now) is where we’ll share the daily, long-form stories of our travels.
  • The Join Us page provides links to our various social channels.
  • The About page is best for sharing the Tour with your friends.
  • If you don’t already follow the Robbi & Matthew Instagram, that’s where we’ll be posting all our livestreams:
  • To keep up with our videos, including all our Daily Minutes, subscribe to our YouTube channel.
  • The Everywhere, Wonder Instagram account will chronicle the grand and small treasures we’ll discover as we travel.
  • Those of you who love ridiculous, unphotogenic dogs can follow Dumbles as he worries his way across the USA.

Some of you have said you’d like to come with us.

Others have said you’d never do so in a million years. To any and all, we hereby invite you to claim your virtual seat on the bus.
We’re going to see and experience so much in the coming year.

We’d love to share it all with you.





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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: 12.9.22
In which, having just arrived in Texas, we plan to spend the night in Jasper County.


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Robbi got this text from Erica Bridwell (known to friends and colleagues as “B”), the first-grade teacher who hosted Jasper during Tuesday’s visit to North Pike Elementary School in Summit, Mississippi. We signed a copy of Everywhere, Wonder for B, and Robbi had written in the dedication to “keep fighting the good fight.”
It’s a difficult time to be a teacher, especially at a school with limited resources and especially when serving kids who bring additional challenges to school. Educators need a boost every bit as much as their students do.
We’re sharing this to show that the tour is also for them, and maybe even more so. 
“We miss y’all! It felt like a part of us left when y’all did. Y’all have NO IDEA the impact you’re making not only on kids, but adults too! I haven’t had the easiest school year so far. I have felt defeated, frustrated, and overwhelmed. My connection with my students has felt faint and really nonexistent… I’ve struggled to find ways to motivate them, encourage them more… then y’all come along and somehow it has put fire back into me. Your words have made me reflect since I read them… “keep fighting the good fight…” it was powerful. I had that “full moon feeling” that feeling of how much I love what I do. I thought of what it means to me and what those kids mean to me. I remembered why God chose me to do this. Your kind words lifted me up. So thank you. Thank y’all. What y’all are doing is amazing! Safe travels! I’ll be following!”

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The Daily Minute: 12.8.22
In which we bask in the sweet Louisiana night and brace ourselves for the enormity of Texas.


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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!