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Covers Uncovered

Covers Uncovered

One of the most exciting and vexing and challenging and time-consuming parts of making a book is coming up with the cover, because no matter how many times we’re cautioned not to judge a book by it, the cover is that first impression we can never shake. And so a... read more

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We are Robbi Behr and Matthew Swanson, an illustrator/writer, wife/husband, loafer/taskmaster duo.
This is our story.

At our desks

 

Pretty much everything we do, we do together, and all of it involves the combination of pictures and words.

 

 

We live and work together in the hayloft of an old barn on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, while occasionally providing meals for our insecure dog and four small children.

 

Idiots'Books

 

We run a small press called Idiots’Books that publishes what we tend to describe as “odd, commercially nonviable picture books for adults.”


Bobbledy Logo

We also run Bobbledy Books, a small press that publishes children’s books and music and encourages kids to get involved in writing, drawing, and making.

 

We spend a lot of our time traveling the country, sharing what we know with anyone who cares to listen. We give talks, run workshops, and do short-term residencies at conferences, colleges, libraries, companies, and kindergartens. We are also happy to visit your classroom via Skype or iChat.

 

 

Along the way, we’ve had some unexpected adventures in trade publishing, including titles with Chronicle Books and LB Kids—as well as two picture books and an illustrated middle grades series with Macmillan Kids.

 

Looking back, it has been an unexpected journey. In 2006, we quit our jobs, sold our house, gave up our health insurance, and moved across the Chesapeake Bay to make books for a year until we ran out of money. It was a recipe for certain financial ruin.

But somehow, we didn’t run out of money. We just kept making stuff together and somehow, the word kept spreading.

 

Eleven years later, we’re still going strong. We don’t sleep much, and we get a lot of papercuts, but somehow, improbably, our job is to getting up in the morning and making stuff together.

 

 

We wouldn’t have it any other way.

To get to know us better, please check out our blog and our store, or join our mailing list. And let us know if you’re interested in booking us for a talk or other event.

For now, we’re getting back to it.