The Bus Posts
A Temporary Pause In the Ongoing Action

A Temporary Pause In the Ongoing Action

We've been working on the bus mural so furiously that we haven't had a moment to share photos. Here's just one from the very end of day three, offering a first glimpse of the fully-sketched side-panel, which will soon be painted in technicolor. There are many miles...

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The Daily Minute: 5.2.22

The Daily Minute: 5.2.22

Here's the Daily Minute for May 2, 2022. In which the mural line work is 99% complete, and we invite you to submit ideas for the lone remaining bare patch.

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The Daily Minute: 5.1.22

The Daily Minute: 5.1.22

Here is the Daily Minute for May 1, 2022 In which we show you how Robbi’s fancy mural-making software works—and give you a progress report.

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In Which Matthew Is (Just Barely) Ready for Prime Time

In Which Matthew Is (Just Barely) Ready for Prime Time

Spent the day with my friend Maria taping and priming the bus. Seven hours and one emergency run to Sherwin-Williams later (we ran out of tape), every conceivable surface is now covered and waiting for Robbi to start outlining the mural. On Friday, May 6, we'll spend...

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In Which the Bus Gets a Minor Upgrade

In Which the Bus Gets a Minor Upgrade

Just headed out to Cox Diesel Repair & Fabrication to pick up the bus so Brian can keep working on the conversion. The folks at Cox tied our on-board generator into the main fuel line, added some freon to the AC, and worked out some hiccups with the fuel intake....

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SAVE THE DATE For Our Public Bus Muraling Extrava- ganza!

SAVE THE DATE For Our Public Bus Muraling Extrava- ganza!

SAVE THE DATE! Kent County Friends: Come join Robbi and me from 5-7pm on First Friday, May 6 to tour the bus, help paint the mural, meet the research team, talk to bus whisperer Brian Thompson, and sign up for the Kent County Public Library summer reading program....

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Bus Mural Sketches!

Bus Mural Sketches!

Spring is almost here and so it is time to dive back into bus conversion and beautification. As such, Robbi has been sketching the mural, as shown. We are deep in conversations about paint and methodology. Apparently, there is muraling software one can use to make the...

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A Day in the Bus

A Day in the Bus

I spent yesterday at the bus with Brian. The next step of the conversion is figuring out the electrical setup, which means deciding where to place the lighting, outlets, appliances, and speakers. It also meant drilling lots of holes and fishing wire through the slim...

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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:

At BWI, waiting to board the first of four flights. The mail has been held. The coolers are packed. I’m ready for another summer in Alaska.

Looking forward to smelling the tundra, drinking from the spring, looking for agates, picking fish, baking cakes, and seeing the Bristol Bay sunrise.

But mostly looking forward to seeing my crew. Apparently, the fishing is already underway. When I finally get to Coffee Point, I’ll hop out of the bush plane and into my waders.

So long for now. Will be back before you know it with more photos and stories to share.
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The Daily Minute: 6.23.24
As Matthew packs for Alaska, he needs your help deciding between protein and joy.
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The Daily Minute: 6.22.24
In which garlic is needed, Goji is cold, and we are grateful to the librarians and students of Japan.
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