Campus Visitors: A Busload of Books

Sep 7, 2022 | Campus Happenings

We had some wonderful visitors last weekend! Our friends Alison Morris (of First Book) and her husband Gareth Hinds (graphic novelist) paid us a visit along with author/illustrator duo Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr, their four kids and their Busload of Books!

Left to right: Gareth Hinds, Matthew Swanson, Robbi Behr, Alison Morris and George Brown

Left to right: Gareth Hinds, Matthew Swanson, Robbi Behr, Alison Morris and George Brown

Matthew, Robbi and their kids are spending 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.

They’re also collecting data for a research project being conducted by education and sociology scholars from Washington College to scientifically measure–for the first time ever at this scale–the impact of author/illustrator visits on elementary student attitudes regarding literacy and creativity.

To find out more about the tour and the research project, visit their website.

Robbi, George Brown and Matthew

Robbi, George Brown and Matthew

Photo of the book bus

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