Virtual Road Trip Posts
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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Where Should We Go In the Pacific Northwest?

Where Should We Go In the Pacific Northwest?

Hello, friends! It's time to talk about the Pacific Northwest. For that is where we'll conclude our tour of the lower 48 in May of 2023 before driving north through the Yukon to Alaska. Please tell us things about Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. We want beauty,...

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Where Should We Go In the West?

Where Should We Go In the West?

Because Sunday is a day of rest, we're taking it easy on you and only asking about two states today. We'll be spending late December of '22 and early January of '23 in California and Nevada and welcome any suggestions. In California, we're especially interested in the...

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Where Should We Go in the Southwest?

Where Should We Go in the Southwest?

Moving right along to Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. We've planned a few extra weeks next April to explore these four glorious states and would love your recommendations. We'll be in Denver, Santa Fe, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City, but where else should we go?...

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Where Should We Go In the West North Central States?

Where Should We Go In the West North Central States?

The best vacation we've ever taken was to the Black Hills and Badlands, with a dash of Devil's Tower thrown in for good measure. We'll be visiting all three again on the tour. But what ELSE should visit and see and do and eat and jump over in the great west north...

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Where Should We Go In the South?

Where Should We Go In the South?

Friends, we are really picking up steam. Tell us where the bus should go in the great southern middle of things. This is your chance, people of Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas! Sing the praises of your places. Reveal the secret splendors....

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Where Should We Go In the East North Central States?

Where Should We Go In the East North Central States?

HELLO, FOLKS! Here's today's challenge: Please tell us where to go and what to do in the east north central states, by which we mean Michigan, Wisconsin, Wisconchigan, Minnesota, and Iowa. Thrill us with your dazzling suggestions! Wow us with your insider knowledge!...

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Meet Julie Gagne from Central Elementary in Ferguson, MO

Meet Julie Gagne from Central Elementary in Ferguson, MO

Meet Julie Gagne, a 21-year veteran instructional coach at Central Elementary in Ferguson, MO. We’ll officially meet her in March of 2023, when the Busload of Books Tour pays a visit to the Central Stars. Julie took a few minutes to tell us about herself, her...

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Where Should We Go In the Central US?

Where Should We Go In the Central US?

This is the moment you’ve been waiting for! Some of you, anyway. Please tell us where to go and what to do, try, see, taste, and experience in West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee. Please? Robbi just scowled at me and told me to...

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Where Should We Go in the Southeast?

Where Should We Go in the Southeast?

Rolling right along here, folks. (bus pun intended). Please tell us what to do, visit, attempt, behold, admire, and devour in the great American Southeast. We’re looking you, denizens of Virginia, both Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida! As much as we appreciate...

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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: 6.18.24
In which Robbi takes an early-morning drive along the Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet.
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The Daily Minute: 6.18.24
In which Robbi reports from a rainforest near Anchorage.
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And they’re off!
 
Robbi and the kids (the dogs) left home early afternoon yesterday. They flew to Seattle last night and caught an overnight flight to Anchorage, where they landed just after midnight Alaska time. To kill time during their 12-hour layover, they’re going to rent a car and drive down the Turnagain Arm to Portage. It’s a gorgeous stretch of road along the water.
 
Later today, they’ll catch a flight to King Salmon, a small tundra town which is the jumping-off point for many sport fishing adventures—and the place where the fishermen in our district catch the bush planes that take them to their various fishing camps.  
 
The whole trip will take about 36 hours, at which point Robbi and the kids will land on the beach and be greeted by Robbi’s brother in a pickup truck. They’ll drive to our compound, take the plywood off the windows, head to the spring to get water, hook up the solar panel, and then start setting up our fishing lines.
 
It’s so much work to get started every year, but they’ll be up and running by the time I reach the tundra late next Monday evening. It’s possible I’ll jump off the plane and straight into my waders. Once the fishing starts, it waits for no one.
 
PS - This illustration is from our picture book Sunrise Summer, which tells the story of Alden’s first season as a member of the fishing crew. It’s a great way to get a glimpse into our lives in Alaska.
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The Daily Minute: 6.17.24
In which we tape up the coolers, and Robbi’s hair proves tundra-ready.
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