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The Daily Minute: 2.22.24
In which Kent Miller shoots photos of Robbi for the cover of no magazine.

The Daily Minute: 2.22.24
In which Kent Miller shoots photos of Robbi for the cover of no magazine.
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Robbi and I have been frantically cleaning our workspaces for the past 24 hours or so because our friend Kent Miller (photographer extraordinaire) is coming over to shoot portraits later this morning. Kent told us not to clean up, that he likes shooting creators in the context of their natural environment. 
 
We appreciated the offer to do nothing, but in addition to broad oceans of unwholesome clutter, our natural environment features a gigantic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle in the middle of the floor. 
 
We have been savagely throwing things away, but somehow I could not part ways with this treasure. Not only because my mom made it when I was a kid but because (in spite of my expression in this photo), it continues to spark joy. So blame Marie. 
 
For the sake of order and dignity, it has been relegated to the attic crawlspace for now, but Halloween is not too far around the corner.

Robbi and I have been frantically cleaning our workspaces for the past 24 hours or so because our friend Kent Miller (photographer extraordinaire) is coming over to shoot portraits later this morning. Kent told us not to clean up, that he likes shooting creators in the context of their natural environment.
 
We appreciated the offer to do nothing, but in addition to broad oceans of unwholesome clutter, our natural environment features a gigantic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle in the middle of the floor.
 
We have been savagely throwing things away, but somehow I could not part ways with this treasure. Not only because my mom made it when I was a kid but because (in spite of my expression in this photo), it continues to spark joy. So blame Marie.
 
For the sake of order and dignity, it has been relegated to the attic crawlspace for now, but Halloween is not too far around the corner.
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The Daily Minute: 2.21.24
In which, 35 training sessions later, Jasper is ready to pilot the big cart.

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

CHICAGO AREA FRIENDS!
 
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.

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.

The Daily Minute: 2.19.24
In which we are scheming and dreaming of fewer hats and no joy.
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The Daily Minute: 2.18.24
In which Matthew makes amends by gifting his friend Mike the perfect frozen puddle.

The Daily Minute: 2.18.24
In which Matthew makes amends by gifting his friend Mike the perfect frozen puddle.
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The Daily Minute: 2.17.24
In which we are bad at self-checkout. Maybe even very bad.

The Daily Minute: 2.17.24
In which we are bad at self-checkout. Maybe even very bad.
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The Daily Minute: 2.16.24
In which we are between 60 and 800 feet in the air.

The Daily Minute: 2.16.24
In which we are between 60 and 800 feet in the air.
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In which we say hello to our friends in Oklahoma and feast on dead horseshoe crab shells.

In which we say hello to our friends in Oklahoma and feast on dead horseshoe crab shells. ...

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Good night from Cape Henlopen, Delaware, where we stayed the first two nights of the Busload of Books Tour. It’s cold tonight and the place is mostly deserted, which made it easy for Robbi to book the very same site. I backed the bus onto the pad with far greater ease than I did on August 30, 2022. 
 
I’m not sure I ever shared the mishaps of that day. As we pulled away from the barn, the back door of the bus was open and a bunch of stuff fell out. When we pulled up in front of Garnet Elementary for our official send-off, I opened the bus door to greet the 350 students who’d gathered on the curb to see us off, but just as Robbi was stepping out, I turned off the bus, which caused the doors to close, which crunched Robbi, which caused 350 students and teachers to gasp in horrified unison. Robbi was okay. 350 students and teachers sighed with relief. The bus rolled on. 
 
It was a hot day, so we turned on the AC, which caused condensation in the rooftop AC unit. Suddenly, the water was dripping on our heads. This is how we discovered the many holes in the roof. 
 
We were far too excited to be derailed by these minor mishaps. We drove on, arrived at Cape Henlopen, labored a bit to back into the campsite, and went down to the beach to marvel at the coast. The kids were having a grand time riding the waves and invited me to join them. A huge wave came and I jumped just as it arrived, arms straight forward like superman. The wave proved too strong for me to handle, flipped me over on my outstretched arms, bending my right shoulder backward against the sand. 
 
The pain was excruciating. I thought I’d broken my shoulder and the tour would be over before ir had even begun. Fortunately, I’d only *almost* broken it. I had to sleep on my back for the first few weeks of the tour, but it slowly got better. 

Fortunately, our bumpy first day was an outlier in a year that was otherwise surprisingly smooth. Fates were smiling, it seems. 

It’s so good to come back to the place we began, with 36,000 more miles on the odometer, an additional dog, and a shoulder that hurts a lot less. 

#busloadofbooks

Good night from Cape Henlopen, Delaware, where we stayed the first two nights of the Busload of Books Tour. It’s cold tonight and the place is mostly deserted, which made it easy for Robbi to book the very same site. I backed the bus onto the pad with far greater ease than I did on August 30, 2022.
 
I’m not sure I ever shared the mishaps of that day. As we pulled away from the barn, the back door of the bus was open and a bunch of stuff fell out. When we pulled up in front of Garnet Elementary for our official send-off, I opened the bus door to greet the 350 students who’d gathered on the curb to see us off, but just as Robbi was stepping out, I turned off the bus, which caused the doors to close, which crunched Robbi, which caused 350 students and teachers to gasp in horrified unison. Robbi was okay. 350 students and teachers sighed with relief. The bus rolled on.
 
It was a hot day, so we turned on the AC, which caused condensation in the rooftop AC unit. Suddenly, the water was dripping on our heads. This is how we discovered the many holes in the roof.
 
We were far too excited to be derailed by these minor mishaps. We drove on, arrived at Cape Henlopen, labored a bit to back into the campsite, and went down to the beach to marvel at the coast. The kids were having a grand time riding the waves and invited me to join them. A huge wave came and I jumped just as it arrived, arms straight forward like superman. The wave proved too strong for me to handle, flipped me over on my outstretched arms, bending my right shoulder backward against the sand.
 
The pain was excruciating. I thought I’d broken my shoulder and the tour would be over before ir had even begun. Fortunately, I’d only *almost* broken it. I had to sleep on my back for the first few weeks of the tour, but it slowly got better.

Fortunately, our bumpy first day was an outlier in a year that was otherwise surprisingly smooth. Fates were smiling, it seems.

It’s so good to come back to the place we began, with 36,000 more miles on the odometer, an additional dog, and a shoulder that hurts a lot less.

#busloadofbooks
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The Daily Minute: 2.15.24
In which we are on the road and in the bus, returning to the place where it all began. 

#busloadofbooks

The Daily Minute: 2.15.24
In which we are on the road and in the bus, returning to the place where it all began.

#busloadofbooks
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The Daily Minute: 2.14.24
In which Jasper turns seven and recaps the highlights of his year.

The Daily Minute: 2.14.24
In which Jasper turns seven and recaps the highlights of his year.
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A year ago tonight, we were in Hawaii, celebrating Jasper’s sixth birthday. Since we were traveling, we lacked the springform pans to make a Jell-o cake. This year, Jasper made up for lost time by requesting two new flavors for the Jell-o layers—strawberry banana and island pineapple. 
 
His seventh year has been a good one. He started first grade, earned “legendary fire maker” status, and became the first kid in history to attend kindergarten in all fifty states (please tell me if you know of another). 
 
Jasper cracks us up with his jokes and melts our hearts with his hugs. His smile has its own vocabulary. Everything is twice as fun when he’s there. 
 
I can’t wait to see what he does next, what year eight has in store.

A year ago tonight, we were in Hawaii, celebrating Jasper’s sixth birthday. Since we were traveling, we lacked the springform pans to make a Jell-o cake. This year, Jasper made up for lost time by requesting two new flavors for the Jell-o layers—strawberry banana and island pineapple.
 
His seventh year has been a good one. He started first grade, earned “legendary fire maker” status, and became the first kid in history to attend kindergarten in all fifty states (please tell me if you know of another).
 
Jasper cracks us up with his jokes and melts our hearts with his hugs. His smile has its own vocabulary. Everything is twice as fun when he’s there.
 
I can’t wait to see what he does next, what year eight has in store.
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The Daily Minute: 2.13.23
In which we commemorate Jasper‘s last day of being six by making a Jell-O cake.

The Daily Minute: 2.13.23
In which we commemorate Jasper‘s last day of being six by making a Jell-O cake.
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I’ve been updating our YouTube page (which apparently, we do a terrible job of promoting), and just added the videos from this summer in Alaska. 

Sharing this one in which three brown bear cubs walk right acroiss the ridge at the far end of our tundra “yard.” 

This is, hands-down, the best bear sighting of my 20+ years of summers on the tundra.

I’ve been updating our YouTube page (which apparently, we do a terrible job of promoting), and just added the videos from this summer in Alaska.

Sharing this one in which three brown bear cubs walk right acroiss the ridge at the far end of our tundra “yard.”

This is, hands-down, the best bear sighting of my 20+ years of summers on the tundra.
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The Daily Minute: 2.12.24
In which Matthew is seven months behind but really is going to do better this time.

The Daily Minute: 2.12.24
In which Matthew is seven months behind but really is going to do better this time.
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The Daily Minute: 2.11.24
In which we celebrate Goji’s first birthday with a walk in the woods.

The Daily Minute: 2.11.24
In which we celebrate Goji’s first birthday with a walk in the woods.
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The Daily Minute: 2.10.24
In which memory fails us, and Matthew’s silver medal turns bronze.

The Daily Minute: 2.10.24
In which memory fails us, and Matthew’s silver medal turns bronze.
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The Busload of Books Tour is a yearlong 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 are spending 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.

Along the way, we’ll be conducting a major research project, making a picture book about America, and inviting our followers to join us on a yearlong exploration of our country’s unsung wonders and off-the-beaten-path communities.

As we travel, we will be blogging, vlogging, and posting daily to social media. All content will be appropriate for elementary-aged students who want to join us for the ultimate road trip.

Whoever you are, take your seat on the bus!

Our adventure is your adventure. Our country is your country, too. Follow along with us!