Austin ISD Buford the Book Bus


Buford the Book Bus Mission and Rationale:

  • Mission: Buford’s mission is to encourage and increase summer reading by providing new, high-interest books to students who have limited access to reading materials during the summer.
  • Rationale: Research has shown that reading just five books can protect students from a drop in reading levels known as the "summer slide", which disproportionately affects lower-income students (Alexander, Entwisle, & Olson, 2007; Kim, 2004).
  • Summer Slide: The effects of the summer slide are cumulative, and can have serious consequences. As much as 85% of the reading achievement gap between lower-income students and their middle- and upper-income peers can be attributed to the summer slide (Allington & McGill-Frasen, 2009). 
  • Year Round Reading: By creating the opportunity for children to receive high-interest books of their own, the Buford the Book Bus program strives to prevent the summer slide and encourage reading year round.

Buford the Book Bus Summer Program 

A program of Austin ISD Library Media Services, Buford the Book Bus's mission is to keep students reading throughout the summer by providing free, high-interest books.

Summer 2022 Program Results

AISD's Buford the Book Bus hit the road in June of 2022 and brought a lot of books to a lot of students!

AISD Buford Campus Visits
  • More than 1,500 new books were distributed to students of all ages!
  • Books were provided by our sponsor, the Assistance League of Austin
  • Volunteers were provided by local non-profit Austin Allies
  • Cook Elementary
  • Cunningham Elementary
  • Jordan Elementary
  • Travis High School

Summer 2021 Program Results

AISD Buford Austin Public Library
  • School Visits:  7
  • Books Given: 1109
  • Students Receiving: 554
  • Volunteers: 13
  • Sponsors: 1
  • Partners Austin Public Library: Tails and Tales
  • 7 school stops
  • 510 books given away


Our Partners


BIG THANKS to our flagship sponsor, the Assistance League of Austin who donated $5,000 for new books for students this summer. Learn more about this wonderful organization!