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In Which the Busload of Books Tour Begins

In Which the Busload of Books Tour Begins

After twelve years of dreaming and three years of planning and and more than a thousand generous contributors chipping in to make it possible, we’re hitting the road today with 25,000 books to give away and 25,000 miles to drive. (There’s a symmetry to it.) We’ve...

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In Which We Set Out to Prove Wonder Really is Everywhere

In Which We Set Out to Prove Wonder Really is Everywhere

For the pre-K-1st graders we meet on the Tour, we’ll be giving away a copy of Everywhere, Wonder, our picture about the importance of noticing and appreciating the beautiful and interesting things to be found wherever we go. The point of our school presentation for...

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The Daily Minute: 5.6.22

The Daily Minute: 5.6.22

This is the Daily Minute for May 6, 2022. In which the students of Garnet Elementary are excellent painters and practically waterproof.

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Sunrise Summer is a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of 2021

Sunrise Summer is a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of 2021

We are excited and honored to see Sunrise Summer on the Bank Street College of Education's 2022 list of Best Children's Books of the Year. If you're looking for a picture book about adventure, self-empowerment, and off-grid living in a far-flung corner of the world,...

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In Which Robbi is Not Here But Also Not So Far Away

In Which Robbi is Not Here But Also Not So Far Away

Robbi is on sabbatical this week. Which mean's she's very busy eating dump cake, sleeping when she needs to, and furiously finishing the final illustrations for Cookie Chronicles 5. Planning the Tour has taken much more time and effort than we’d realized, and we’ve...

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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!