Russ the Story Bus is no ordinary bus!

Russ the Story Bus is back for his fifth school tour! From 22 October to 14 December, Russ is visiting schools in Greater Western Sydney, North Coast Regional and the ACT.

This year, Russ’ exterior is adorned with beautiful artwork from the children’s book Love Makes a Family, written and illustrated by Sophie Beer.

Accompanying Russ on the 2018 tour are the children’s book authors and illustrators: Sophie Beer, Cristy Burne, Nicki Greenberg, Sandy Fussell, Jeremy Lachlan, Rebecca McRitchie, Martine Murray, Yvette Poshoglian and Damon Young.

Some Background about Russ the Story Bus

In 2014, Sydney Writers’ Festival transformed an ordinary bus into Russ the Story Bus: a bright and colourful creative space decked out with bookshelves (full of the latest children’s books) and spots for kids to read and listen to stories. Russ also has a beautiful exterior designed each year by one of Australia’s best children’s book illustrators.

Russ the Story Bus is a magical place for children that celebrates storytelling, reading and creativity, and fosters the lifelong connection we have with books that begins in childhood.

Russ the Story Bus has been visiting schools since 2014, making this his fifth school tour. In 2017, Russ the Story Bus visited 5,000 children at more than 60 schools in NSW, VIC and the ACT.

A Russ the Story Bus School Visit

All aboard the magical bus with a belly full of books!

On Russ the Story Bus students are encouraged to browse bookshelves full of the latest children’s books, listen to stories read by Festival staff and volunteers, chat to the visiting children’s book author and choose a book to take home.

Students will also enjoy taking part in an interactive talk run by a children’s book author. The author will share their love of books, discuss their craft and inspire children to think creatively about reading, writing and storytelling. There is also an opportunity to ask the author a question (and get a book signed).

Booking for your School

A visit from Russ the Story Bus is suitable for primary-aged children. Up to 80 children can join the two-hour session and a maximum of 30 students can explore Russ the Story Bus at one time. If your year group has more than 80 students, please contact the Festival via email on to discuss whether we can facilitate more students.

TO BOOK Russ the Story Bus please use our online booking form.

If you have any questions, contact our team on: 02 9256 4200 or via email on 

Imagery: Love Makes a Family; Copyright Sophie Beer; Published by Little Hare Books; an imprint of Hardie Grant Egmont.  

For more information about Russ’ tour please contact us:

(02) 9256 4200