Research Project Posts
(Re)Introducing the Busload of Books Tour Research Team

(Re)Introducing the Busload of Books Tour Research Team

I've said it before and will say it again and again: One of the best things that's happened since Robbi and I announced our plans for the Busload of Books Tour is partnering with the incredible Sara Clarke-De Reza to dream up a research study that will measure (for...

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Research Pilot Recap

Research Pilot Recap

Friday’s visit to Galena Elementary School was a huge success. It felt so good to connect with students and teachers in person again after so much time presenting via Zoom. We gave three assemblies and many elbow bumps and had lunch with a small group of kids who...

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Research Study Pilot at Galena Elementary

Research Study Pilot at Galena Elementary

These boxes are full of books. Today, they will be donated to the students and teachers of Galena Elementary, a Title I school right here in Kent County, where Robbi and I will be giving assemblies that relate to the books’ themes of creativity, collaboration,...

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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: 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.
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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.
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The Daily Minute: 2.19.24
In which we are scheming and dreaming of fewer hats and no joy.
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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!