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New Year’s Eve and Gratitude

New Year’s Eve and Gratitude

As 2021 comes to an end, we want to say thanks to each and every once of you (800+ people, and counting) who've contributed to the Busload of Books Tour. Thanks to you, we’ll be bringing our books and assemblies to 25,000 students and teachers in every US state (and...

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Announcing the Telethon

Announcing the Telethon

We are pleased to announce the Busload of Books Tour Double Your Dollars 12-Hour Telethon Extravaganza! Join us the Saturday after Thanksgiving from 9am - 9pm ET for an action-packed lineup of hijinks, capers, pageantry, cooking lessons, and extremely special guests....

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The Grant That Started It All

The Grant That Started It All

Here’s the story of the act of generosity that made the Busload of Books tour possible. One afternoon a few years ago, my phone rang out of the blue. It was our friend DJ calling with an offer that would change our lives. He and his wife Devika wanted to give us a...

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Robbi’s Take on the “Why” Behind the Bus Tour

Robbi’s Take on the “Why” Behind the Bus Tour

When Matthew and I started out making books together, it was pretty much entirely selfishly motivated. We had an itch to scratch, and we really enjoyed putting his words and my pictures together. It was fun, really, and who doesn't like to have fun? And so we...

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How We Got the Idea for the Tour

How We Got the Idea for the Tour

People have been asking how we got the idea for the Busload of Books tour. Here’s some background. When The Real McCoys came out a few years ago, Robbi and I started getting invited to do author visits at elementary schools. It was the best! We’d do assemblies and...

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Busload of Books Tour Promo Video

Busload of Books Tour Promo Video

As you might have already heard, we have a big adventure ahead. So big, that we created this video to tell you all about it and to give you an easy way to share it with friends, your colleagues, your cousin, your other cousin, your hairdresser, your third-grade...

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Tour Announcement Recap

Tour Announcement Recap

IN CASE YOU MISSED LAST NIGHT’S ANNOUNCEMENT, HERE’S THE RECAP: Our family will be spending the 2022-2023 school year traveling the country in a tiny home school bus, visiting Title I elementary schools in all 50 states, doing assemblies on creativity and...

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Announcing the Busload of Books Tour!

Announcing the Busload of Books Tour!

We (and the kids) are going to spend the 2022-2023 school year on the ultimate road trip— living in a tiny home school bus, visiting Title I elementary schools in all 50 states, doing presentations on creativity and collaboration, and handing out 25,000 free books to...

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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!