We Are Thankful For…

Happy Thanksgiving!

This year has FLOWN by and we can hardly believe that Thanksgiving is already here! It has been an incredibly busy year for us at Milk+Bookies and we wanted to take a moment to share what we are thankful for.

We are thankful for all of the parents and families.

We understand how hard you work in order to love and support your children. Thank you for being the creators of the next generation, supporting them as they explore the world with new eyes, and inspiring them.


We are thankful for all of the teachers, principles, and school administrators.

Thank you for loving each student as your own. We know how you dedicate a countless number of hours to your students and your classroom in order to help them learn, grow, and realize their full potential.

Photo Mar 18, 10 05 00 AM

We are thankful for all of the children and students.

Your excitement, perspective, and love brings magic into the world. You inspire us day in, day out.


We are thankful for all of the authors and books.

You whisk us away to far away lands, take us on adventures, and transform us into mystical creatures. You challenge us and help us grow by showing us your world and the world of your characters.


Thanks to all of you, Milk + Bookies has grown beyond what we could have ever imagined. We have inspired future philanthropists across the country in over 400 cities and your book-raiser parties and events have helped to raise and donate over 259,000 books. Our newest program, Leaders+Readers has helped to donate 90,000 books to Title I schools and organizations throughout Los Angeles.

We are thankful for YOU for understanding the importance of reading and giving, and helping us to get books into the hands of kids who need them!!

Screen Shot 2015-11-25 at 1.57.07 PM

It’s safe to say that 2015 has been OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD! We are so excited for 2016 and all the year has in store for us.

While Thanksgiving encourages us to reflect on what we have and what we have accomplished, we also want to take a moment to reflect on how we can BE BETTER and DO BETTER. Having said that, these staggering statistics drive us to work even harder next year, and we hope you will join us!

Los Angeles has the highest number of illiterate residents of any U.S. city.

Most, if not all, Title I schools don’t have a budget for books or library support staff.

70% of LAUSD students are part of the free lunch program – If they cannot afford lunch, they cannot afford books.

Approximately 60% of LAUSD students are scoring below proficient in English Language Arts.

Help us continue to inspire future philanthropists and bring books to kids who don’t have any by hosting your own book-raiser party, have a Leaders+Readers book-drive at your LA school, send us your gently used books, and READ!

Photo Mar 17, 1 20 30 PM

Have a safe and peaceful Thanksgiving!

Read! Give! Grow!

by Marianna Yamamoto

Violet & Schyler’s Silver Award

Check out our young future philanthropists, Violet and Schyler! With the help of Milk + Bookies, they set out to complete their Take Action Project for their Girl Scout‘s Silver Award.

The Silver Award is the second-highest honor a Girl Scout Cadette can achieve after they have completed their Cadette journey. Cadettes are challenged to explore their community, identify an issue they are passionate about, and design a project that would bring positive and lasting change. Violet and Schyler chose to tackle the widespread need for books as their Take Action Project. As you can imagine, we LOVED this project. So, Milk + Bookies sat down with Violet and Schyler to help them get started!

Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 11.26.34 AM

We were able to connect Violet and Schyler with the Jackie Robinson Community Center in Pasadena, a multi-purpose facility that strives to meet the community’s needs with care, dignity, and respect. The Robinson Center’s services include, but are not limited to, health resources, legal counseling, and teen education. This was the perfect place for our Cadettes to fulfill their project goals.

Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 11.28.33 AM

With a great deal of careful planning and preparation, Violet and Schyler set out to build an entire library for the Robinson Center. They took measurements, built bookcases, painted chairs, and of course, they gathered lots and lots of books! After months of hard work, they had created a beautiful reading corner in the Robinson Center for people of all ages to enjoy. We are so happy to have been part of their growth as Girl Scouts and proud of what they have achieved.

Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 11.28.00 AM


Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 11.35.56 AM


Congratulations, Violet & Schyler, on your Silver Award!



by Marianna Yamamoto