About Us

Everything on this site was made by Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr, a writer/illustrator, husband/wife, taskmaster/loafer duo who, in the winter of 2005, had an early-30s crisis of purpose, sold their trendy Baltimore row home, quit their promising day jobs, forsook their low-deductible health insurance, and took up residence in the then-unfinished hayloft of an old barn on the Eastern Shore of Maryland to make books together until they ran out of money.

This route involved various splinters, paper cuts, very late nights, and an inexplicable appearance on a DC-area cable talk show. Also, a lot of ramen was eaten. For the first two years, there was no kitchen, so Matthew hauled buckets of water from a utility sink like Laura Ingalls Wilder. Throughout it all, they kept on making stuff with Matthew’s words and Robbi’s pictures. Eight years, 54 books, and three small children later, they’re still at it. If you are not yet entirely bored, you can learn more about them here.

“Bobbledy Books is my favorite small press publisher for kids. Matthew Swanson writes the words, and his wife Robbi Behr creates the pictures, and together they are silly, poetic, surreal, and incredibly cool.”Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic


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