One week aboard Bess the Book Bus can feel like a whirlwind of adventure. The 2011 Transitions/VSP Success is in Sight Tour traveled to Wisconsin for 11 stops in seven days. Our schedule was filled to see as much of the state and meet as many Sconies as possible. Each day brought Besss to a new town, setting up events at summer schools, youth centers and Citgo stations. From Madison to Milwaukee, Frediona to Sheboygan, we booked it through America’s Dairyland. Here are some of our favorite photos from some of our stops:

Wisconsin Dells Citgo

We met the Franklin family on their way back from a family reunion. It’s a four hour drive back to Chicago, and brand new books are a great way to pass the time.

Janesville Citgo

Ily (short for I love you) and Carlie were two of the first children at the Janesville Citgo to pick books. The sisters had thousands of books to choose from and found the perfect titles for summer reading.

Green Bay Citgo

The Green Bay Citgo station was the perfect place to grab a cup of coffee. Andrew and Leanne thought it was the perfect place to grab some brand new books.

Green Bay Boy’s and Girls Club

Even after a half dozen stops, the shelves are still full. More than 100 children came aboard Bess the Book Bus to pick out a brand new book.

Ozaukee Elementary

Summer school is in session and the students of Ozaukee Elementary are spending the day sitting in the grass reading their brand new books from Bess the Book Bus

Appleton Citgo

The Appleton Book Fest brought out some of the best children in city, like Alice who loved her brand new book.

Racine 4th of July Parade

We received our warmest welcome yet when we participated in Racine 4th of July Parade with the local Citgo station.

Sunshine Inn Daycare

The Sunshine Inn is across the street from the Citgo station in Eden, WI. We stopped in for a surprise story time and let the children pick books from Clayton’s Collection.


These pictures only cover a small part of our big trip to Wisconsin. You can check out more pictures on Flickr, videos on YouTube and daily updates on Facebook and Twitter. Until next time, safe travels through the pages.