How to be an Everyday Philanthropist: Pt. 3

Our awesome young volunteers share with us their latest and greatest ideas about how they can give back in their day-to-day lives in this video series, “How to be an everyday philanthropist.”

In honor of National Dog Day, Jordan says: Always adopt a pet from a local rescue shelter!

Here is the adorable video created, written, and directed by Jordan featuring his character, Kind Katie.


by Caitlyn Young

Book-raiser Spotlight: Heath’s 4th birthday

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At Milk+Bookies, we believe giving back should be FUN and fulfilling for anyone at ANY age. That’s why when photos come in of hosts who go above and beyond to make their book-raiser a celebration of literacy and giving-back, we cannot wait to share them!
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Here are some adorable pictures we recently received from Heath’s 4th Birthday Book-Raiser in the park. Heath and his friends raised 72 books for Children’s Institute, Inc.  The book-raiser included custom M+B cookies, and lots of fun activities and crafts including photo props!Cookies
After the event, Heath and his family brought the books to their local recipient group so they can see first-hand how their donation will benefit their community. Heath’s mother, Amber, loved hosting the book-raiser and said “Thank you for making this such a fun and easy process.”

Heath and CII

Way to go Heath!

If YOU would like to join the Milk+Bookies movement, consider hosting your own book-raiser! We have plenty of fun customizable ideas for activities on our Pinterest page.

Read! Give! Grow!

by Caitlyn Young

Go Back + GIVE Back!

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Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s that time of year again!  The 2014 Back to School season is upon us, and while it still feels like summer vacation outside, school will be back in session before you know it.  Why not get a jump on the school year and start the semester off right by planning a Milk+Bookies class Book-Raiser!  Hosting a GO BACK + GIVE BACK Book-Raiser is a simple, fun, AND FREE (!) way to clear out your shelves to make room for new books while getting the kids in your life to experience the power of giving back.  Whether you’re a parent or a teacher, putting a Book-Raiser together is a super easy 3-step process.


First, email us at to request your Bookies Box.  In this email, please let us know the date of your Book-Raiser, how many students will be participating, and your contact information/shipping address.  All the Bookies Box materials are pro-bono for schools, and you can customize your order to fit your specific needs.  After you receive your Bookies Box, the next step is to HOST YOUR BOOK-RAISER!  Once you’ve held your super-awesome and super-successful party, all that’s left to do is donate the books you raised and feel great about giving back to your community.  If you don’t have a recipient organization in mind, Milk+Bookies can suggest an organization in your zip code.


So make the most of these last few weeks of summer and join the Milk+Bookies movement with your school!


by Lauren Montgomery

Meredith’s Favorite Children’s Books

Stories take you to awesome places.

At Milk+Bookies, we know books can impact children in profound ways, and as a parent you may be looking for something that teaches your children the concept of giving back and kindness.

We have added a list of recommendations from our Founder & Executive Director Meredith Alexander of children’s books which teach such important concepts. These books are  GREAT for anyone looking to add to their home libraries. You can click here for the list. By purchasing from our list, a small percentage of your purchase will be donated back to our organization! You can also find the list underneath “More Fun Stuff” on the left side of our site.

My personal favorite from this list would be The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty. It was even read by M+B supporter and Once Upon A Time star, Josh Dallas, at our 5th Annual Story Time Celebration!


Read! Give! Grow!

Which book is your favorite from our

by Keelan Ellis

Day in the Life as an Intern

As an intern, people always scrunch up their noses and say, “So…what exactly do you do?” And to be honest, at Milk+Bookies, I do so much that it’s difficult to answer that question. But today? Just guess what I did today.


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“You cannot kill terrorism. Violence only breeds more violence. The best way to fight terrorism is with books, pencils, and education.” – Malala Yousafzai


Today, the M+B team had the honor of hearing Malala Yousafzai, her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai and the founding CEO of the Malala Fund, Shiza Shahid, speak at the Creative Artists Agency headquarters in Los Angeles. Malala’s resilience and strength is inspiring, and she uses her incredible story to advocate for girls’ education worldwide. When she met with President Obama, they met on the condition that she was able to “speak her heart.” The 17-year-old Nobel Peace Prize finalist questioned him about foreign policy, suggesting that instead of investing money in militarization, the States should invest money in education. That way, kids will pick up pens instead of guns.


As she spoke, her father’s constant smile revealed his loving pride. He joked that before the attack, Malala was his daughter, but now, he is Malala’s father. And in regards to his influence on Malala’s strength, he simply says, “I did not clip her wings.”


No matter what political beliefs you hold, all children should have access to education. Malala is on a journey to “speak her truth” and we all can get behind such a courageous young woman.


As I think about ways to support education locally, my first thought is, of course, Milk+Bookies. Hosting your own book-raiser is a great way to increase access to books for children in your community. Take Malala’s advice and use the power of books, pencils, and an education to promote educational equality here at home.


From L to R: Jenna (me), Caitlyn, and Lauren

From L to R: Jenna (me), Caitlyn, and Lauren

Written By: Jenna Perelman

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How to be an Everyday Philanthropist: Pt.2

Every week, a group of 11-13 year old volunteers stop by M+B HQ and volunteer for the day. All of these volunteers have hosted their very own Milk+Bookies book-raiser and were inspired to give back on a regular basis! These awesome young volunteers always share with us their latest and greatest ideas about how they can give back EVEN MORE in their day-to-day lives, and from these awesome discussions, our newest video series was born.

Hannah,12, is one of our very own future philanthropists and created this helpful lesson on how everyone can be an everyday philanthropist! Hannah is having her Bat Mitzvah in the Fall. Congratulations Hannah!


by Keelan Ellis