May Flashgiving!

Our Flashgiving events are one of our favorite activities that we do at M+B. Every month, we go to different locations around Santa Monica such as parks and the beach and invite kids and parents to participate in inscribing and donating books to underprivileged kids around the local community.
This month, we are going to try something completely new with Flashgiving: a book tree! This means that we will be hanging books from a tree so that we will have an “open library” for kids where they can walk up to these books and enjoy them right there!
Photo: Nouveaux Horizons
We want to encourage kids to read and remind them that summer is a great time to continue reading. We hope that you come out to this Flashgiving event where you can enjoy reading some of our favorite children’s books and munch on a delicious cookie at the same time!

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Book-Raiser Spotlight: Carpenter Charter School

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At Milk+Bookies, one of our favorite things to see is a classroom filled with children who are more than happy to donate books for a M+B book raiser! And these kids from Carpenter Community Charter School are no exception. With the help of Adrian and her son and stepdaughter, Hudson and Maya, their class was able to host their own Milk+Bookies book raiser  and raise 165 books! Adrian even made goodie bags and added some extra cute decor to give it a personalized flair to the book raiser! SO amazing!



Number of books raised: 165

Number of future philanthropists who participated: 20

Recipient organization: Moving Families Forward

They had such a blast and will definitely look forward to hosting more book raisers in the future! Remember that you can join in on the fun as well and host your own book raiser TODAY! All book-raiser materials are completely PRO-BONO to schools!

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Milk and Bookies Online Auction!

Our Story Time Celebration might be over, but that doesn’t mean that the stories have to end! We are so thankful for everyone that came out to the event and we hope that you had as much fun as we did making crafts, donating books, and listening to our amazing celebrity guests read their favorite books.
Speaking of celebrity guests…we have some exciting news! A handful of celebrities that came out to STC were able to sign a couple backpacks before the end of the event and so we are launching an online auction for these limited edition backpacks! These backpacks are one-of-a-kind and all of the proceeds will go to helping the M+B mission of promoting reading, giving, and growing for kids! We will be auctioning off three backpacks signed by Peyton List, Josh Dallas, and Ginnifer Goodwin! This auction will be open for only two weeks so make sure that you are keeping updated on how the auction is going!
So whether you missed the event this year or are a Story Time veteran, we hope that you’ll take advantage of this opportunity to take a little bit of Story Time magic home with you!
Josh Dallas backpack
Ginnifer Goodwin backpack
Peyton List backpack

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Intern Spotlight: Cherise!

Our organization is truly fortunate to have college-aged interns on our staff every season. These interns and their dedication, creativity, and hard work deserve the credit for all of the magic behind Milk+Bookies, and we are so thankful for the amazing enthusiasm they bring in every day at M+B HQ!


In this Intern Spotlight, we took some time to ask one of our interns, Cherise, about her experiences working at Milk+Bookies, what prompted her to join Team Intern, and her favorite projects while working with us. Read below for her answers!

Cherise Intern Wall
School: UCLA
Position: Operations Intern
Time with Milk+Bookies: January-April 2014
Why were you looking for an internship?
As a student, I’ve been pretty involved with a lot of different things on my campus. During winter break, I decided that I wanted to move beyond UCLA and start exploring internships close to campus. And then I found M+B!
What drew you to M+B?
I fell in love with M+B the moment I checked out their website! Growing up, my childhood was full of books. I was the kid who read under the covers when the lights were off, and my sister and I were the ones pestering our parents to buy us more books when the book fairs came to our elementary school. Reading helped inspire a passion in me for learning and for drawing (I wanted to draw my favorite illustrated books!) and taught me how to stretch my imagination. So being able to be part of a non-profit that helps give the same opportunities I had in my childhood to every kid is really something I’m a big fan of.
What was your greatest/most favorite experience with M+B? Most challenging?
One of my favorite experiences had to be one of our Flashgiving events in April. The interns had a great time getting people to come to our cart to help sign books, and started to come up with a synchronized book dance to the M+B intro video music. Although I’m not an intern anymore, I look forward to finding the interns at another Flashgiving event to see the finished synchronized dance come to fruition (which of course they’ll work on finishing, right?!).
I think the most challenging thing was probably picking where the interns got to eat for lunch…. it was always too many choices for me to pick just one! On a more serious note, it was challenging to see how there are many places out there that have a deep need for resources like children’s books. I often wish we could donate more books than we already do to recipient groups, realizing how much of an impact it can make in shaping someone’s childhood and development. Giving books is something that is easy to do and incredibly impactful, but it’s just something that not enough people do.


What was Story Time Celebration like? How did it feel to see all of your hard work come to fruition?
One of my favorite memories is definitely Story Time Celebration!! All of the decorations and crafts were adorable, and storybook characters like The Cat in the Hat and Captain Hook came to life and were walking around taking pictures with children! It really was like wandering right into a fairytale  (but with unlimited cookies and milkshakes) and it was something I wish I could have experienced as a kid.

Also, one of my biggest projects I worked on was making raindrops coming out of clouds as a physical representation of the number of recipient groups that had received books from M+B since it started ten years ago. It was cool to see how many raindrops there were (it’s one thing to see them, but another thing to format each of them individually…) to realize how many people have been impacted by the work of M+B. There were over 220! It was very gratifying to see others realize the impact of M+B the day of STC as well.

What was the most surprising statistic/fact you learned about service learning or literacy?
Youth who volunteer are 3x more likely to volunteer as adults. It’s astounding how much our childhoods impact the kind of people we can become in the future, which is why the mission of M+B is so wonderful. Promoting children’s literacy and philanthropy really is investing in tomorrow’s leaders and future philanthropists.
What is your biggest piece of advice for future interns?
Cherish your time spent at M+B! It really is a wonderful place to work and have the opportunity of face-time with the people who benefit directly from your organization, whether it be through Flashgiving or book drop-offs. And your time will definitely fly by!
And anything else you want to add?

There are almost always Isabella’s cookies in the office. And they are really, really, tasty.

Thank you Cherise for all of your hard work and your constant smile! You will be sorely missed! If interested in joining our internship program, check out our Opportunities page HERE.

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Flashgiving Q&A

M+B interns

Every month, the Milk + Bookies team comes out to a random location for Flashgiving. Milk+Bookies interns Brittany and Janna sat down to answer some questions about this super fun event!

1. What’s your favorite part about Flashgiving?

Brittany: Meeting all the fun kids that come and help out, as well as all the free cookies!
Janna: It’s a great way for kids to donate without too much trouble – they literally just pick out a book that has already been donated to Milk+Bookies, inscribe a nice message, and put it in the cart to donate to an organization.

2. Describe Flashgiving in one word.

Brittany: Cheerful!
Janna: Kindhearted!

3. Where is your favorite place for Flashgiving?

Brittany: Tongva Park in Santa Monica! It’s so pretty there!
Janna: Definitely Tongva Park. It’s the best location for giving and cookies!

4. Describe your best memory of Flashgiving.

Brittany: A 3-year-old boy and his dad came out one day and the little boy took a book and started scribbling on the bookplate. The dad continued giving him different colored crayons and then after, donated it to us! It was so cute.
Janna: There was this cute little girl who came up to us before we even finished setting up and was like, “What are you doing?” When we told her, she said, “Books? Mommy come over here!” and brought her mom and friends over. It was such a sweet moment.

Stay tuned on our Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram for the first week of every month for more information on Flashgiving! You certainly don’t want to miss all the book (and cookie) giving!

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Summer Fun!

Summer is right around the corner which means no school and lots of free time to spend with friends and family. We couldn’t think of a better way to bring people together than with a book-raiser!
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Not only do book-raisers help others in the community, but it also reminds us of the importance of reading and what a joy it can be which can be hard to remember during the summer when school is out.
Lots of details go into hosting a book-raiser, but don’t worry! We provide a kit that includes all of the tools needed such as book plates, I DONATED stickers, book marks, and balloons! However, don’t feel limited to only using the materials that we provide, let your creativity run free!
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You can spice up your book-raiser with some tasteful milk and cookies for everyone to enjoy. There are so many ways to personalize your own book-raiser and make it unique! We love the idea of having a cookie decorating party or serving your cookies with individualized glass jars of milk dipped in chocolate and covered in sprinkles! There are lots of additional ideas that we have on our Pinterest board that you can look for inspiration such as our pin for where you can find 18 different ideas for a fun milk and cookies party.
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We hope that these ideas definitely inspire you to create your own very special book-raiser!

by Brittany Chow

Jonathan’s Pick of the Month: May

It’s a new month which means….a new Jonathan’s Pick of the Month for May!

If you don’t know already, Jonathan is a wonderful and dedicated volunteer for us at Milk+Bookies who is also an avid reader.  Jonathan will be recommending some of his favorite books each month to the Milk+Bookies community and for May, his pick is H.I.V.E. by Mark Walden.




This action-packed series centers around H.I.V.E, or The Higher Institute of Villainous Education. In this unique and secret school, children are taught to become criminal masterminds. The series follows the adventures of Otto Malpense, a thirteen-year-old criminal genius and his friends as they learn more about the school and the organization, G.L.O.V.E (the Global League of Villainous Enterprises) that H.I.V.E. is a part of.


We asked Jonathan a couple of questions of why he chose this book for this month and here’s what he had to say about it!


M+B: Why is H.I.V.E. one of your favorite books?
Jonathan: It kept me on the edge of my seat when I was reading it. I couldn’t put it down!


M+B: What makes it stand out from other books?
Jonathan: Nobody writes about the villains. It is a different perspective.


M+B: If you could have a villainous skill, what would it be?
Jonathan: To be a mass computer hacker!


M+B: Why do you think kids would like this book?
Jonathan: It’s like nothing they’ve ever read before. It’s cool to read a story from the villain’s perspective!


We are so thankful for Jonathan and his impeccable tastes in books. Don’t miss your chance to join in this suspenseful and thrilling adventure along with Jonathan by purchasing your own copy of H.I.V.E  HERE, and check out Jonathan’s previous ‘Pick of the Months’ HERE!


We have no doubt that you all will love this book and we hope you stay tuned for more of Jonathan’s picks next month!


by Brittany Chow


A picture is worth a thousand words. But what if you had a 6-second video clip printed out in a cute little flipbook? Now that’s definitely worth more than a thousand words! Milk+Bookies had the fortune to have Flipbooth LA for Story Time Celebration this past weekend!

Flipbooth printed out dozens of flipbooks for our guests, filled with high quality prints of them doing the wackiest and silliest things in front of our beautiful flying book background! From play fighting to clapping and cheering, it’s always fun to flip through the books and remember all the wonderful times in Story Time Celebration…all thanks to Flipbooth!


Here is one of the lovely photographers of Flipbooth explaining the whole magical process!

Check out their website to learn more about how Flipbooth works and how you can have your own flipbook!

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Giving Makes Me Feel…

After I donate, I feel warm inside

Did you know that studies prove service learning helps students feel more compassion towards the disadvantaged, more committed to community work, and instills a greater belief that they could make a difference? After witnessing all the giving that happened at this year’s Story Time Celebration, we are convinced these benefits of service learning are true! Here’s what kids said when we asked: “How does giving make you feel?”


Giving makes me feel…..

“Like a good person.”

“Like I’m part of something important and fun.”

“Like dancing!”

“Helpful to other kids my age.”

“Weird…in a really cool way.”

How does giving make YOU feel? Tell us in the comments below!

Milk+Bookies proudly promotes service learning by encouraging kids to give books to their communities. Y
ou can join us by hosting your own book-raiser today!



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