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