February
10

How To Spread Love this Valentine’s Day –

Nothing says “I love you” better than reading to your young children and spreading kindness through giving back.

Open up one of these books and create sweet memories this Valentine’s Day.

Love Is, by Diane Adams; illustrated by Claire Keane

“Perfect for any fond gift or tender moment, this story of a girl and a duckling who share a touching year together will melt hearts old and young. In this tenderly funny book, girl and duckling grow in their understanding of what it is to care for each other, discovering that love is as much about letting go as it is about holding tight.”

 

I’ll Love You Always, by Mark Sperring; illustrated by Alison Brown

How long will I love you? If you need to know, I’ll tuck you in tightly, then whisper it low . . .

This moving declaration will reassure little ones that such a special love lasts through days, weeks, months, years, and far, far beyond!

Perfect for snuggling in to read together, I’ll Love You Always is a beautiful rhyming promise of love from Mark Sperring brought to sweetest life by bestselling illustrator Alison Brown, and is perfect to share with anyone you’ll love . . .

always.”


 

Or consider spreading love this Valentine’s Day by giving back – 

  • “Remember Those Who Serve You. In the spirit of service, think of all those people who make your life easier and more convenient — every single day. Give a thank-you card to the bus driver or the barista who serves you your latte. Personally thank the janitor who keeps your office or campus clean, or the people who pick up your trash. Leave your waiter an extra tip, and smile — big — at the gas station attendant.”
  • “Send Love Letters. Not just to your sweetheart, but to people and organizations that are doing good things for the world. Tell them why you respect and appreciate their work, and that they really do make a difference. If you’re feeling extra romantic, include a donation in the envelope.”
  • “Love the Environment. Don’t say it with flowers — unless they’re organic. Buy fresh organic blooms from your local farmer’s market, or send a bunch from Organic Bouquet, which donates 10 percent to charities like CARE, the Global Fund for Women, and the American Red Cross.”

by meredith
January
22

Time for Tea!

Hear ye, hear ye!

You’re invited to tea on March 4th at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena!
Imagine Tea is designed especially for children and will feature a remarkable touch of magic. Junior performers from the famed The Magic Castle will be on hand to entertain young guests, performing close-up magic while children dine on a specialty tea menu of sandwiches and whimsical desserts, accompanied by pink lemonade, milk and a selection of fruit-infused, caffeine-free teas.
A portion of Imagine Tea proceeds will benefit our programs!

To book a reservation, please call (626) 585-6218.

Priced at $48 per adult, $36 per child (ages 4-11), excluding tax and gratuity.

by Alesha Dailey
January
13

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Here at Milk+Bookies, we know 3 day weekends are best spent cuddling up with a good book, enjoying new activities, (& maybe treating yourself with a cookie or two!)

This MLK weekend, consider honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and teaching your kids the importance of service by volunteering in your local community, or perhaps reading books with them that carry on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Never forget that one book or one act of service can change the trajectory of a child’s future!


by meredith
December
31

THANK YOU for an AMAZING year!

Milk+Bookies

IMPACT RECAP JANUARY-DECEMBER 2017

BOOKS DONATED:
81,941

SCHOOLS VISITED:
30

WE WILL BE VISITING AN ADDITIONAL
10 SCHOOLS
IN THE SPRING SEMESTER OF 2018 TO FLOOD THEM WITH BOOKS!!

2017 From Cover to Cover:
Check out a full recap of all of the amazing things our team has been up to this year.
PLUS, a very special message from our Founder about the future of Milk + Bookies!
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“Milk + Bookies provides ALL of our students with a priceless gift, BOOKS. Every student at every school [in the Jordan Locke District] has the privilege to select a book of their choice. The events are an amazing experience for all parties involved.
The joy and happiness in our students’ expressions and emotions as they receive the gift of reading is very touching, as expressed at a recent event by a young scholar, “It’s like going to a Book Fair without having to pay”!
Your organization is to be commended for helping those with the greatest needs. This generous gift helps in further instilling a love of learning and reading in our students. Thank you for providing thousands of pieces of rich literature to students who might not otherwise have access to them!”
– Luis Heckmuller, Instructional Director, LAUSD – Local District South
Thank you for supporting our programs & mission!

 

 


by Alesha Dailey
November
23

Thankful & Grateful

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving with your families!

#READGIVEGROW


by Alesha Dailey
October
27

Book-Raiser Spotlight: Rachel’s Mitzvah Project!

Today’s Book- Raiser Spotlight goes to our #ReadingRockstar, Rachel!

Rachel organized a Milk + Bookies book-raiser for her Mitzvah Project that mobilized her entire community to give back! She invited friends, family, neighbors, and classmates to donate books especially for the students of Title I schools in L.A. served by our Leaders + Readers Program!!

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TOTAL BOOKS RAISED: 1,518!!!

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Students like Rachel continually teach us the importance and joys of giving back. We love hearing about the success of #FUTUREPHILANTHROPISTS like her, and can’t wait to see where her love of reading and giving takes her!

Way to go, Rachel!

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Thank you for making a difference with Milk+Bookies!!

READ! GIVE! GROW!

 


by Alesha Dailey
October
5

Happy World Teachers Day!

Today, we celebrate all of the amazing teachers all over the world who work hard to impact our children in the hopes of creating a better future!

According to UNESCO, “World Teachers’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, which celebrated its 50th anniversary during last year’s edition. The 1966 Recommendation constitutes the main reference framework for addressing teachers’ rights and responsibilities on a global scale.”

To learn more about World Teachers Day and how you can celebrate and honor the amazing teachers in your life, visit the UNESCO website here.

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Alesha Dailey
September
30

What Are You Reading This Weekend?

Seuss, Rowling, Dahl, Silverstein….so many great books, but there always seems to be so little time. Spend some much needed quality time with your little ones this weekend, curl up in a cozy nook, and dig in to some new books!

Looking for some great suggestions on what to read next?!? Check our founder, Meredith Alexander’s, specially curated list of her favorite children’s books here. They are pretty great (even if we do say so ourselves)!

Happy reading!


by Alesha Dailey
August
8

Book-Raiser Spotlight: Jack + The Variety Boys & Girls Club

Today’s Book- Raiser Spotlight goes to our #ReadingRockstar, Jack!

Jack organized a Milk + Bookies book-raiser for his Mitzvah Project that mobilized his entire community to give back! He invited friends, family, neighbors, and classmates to donate books especially for the children of the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Los Angeles!

He partnered with the Variety Boys & Girls Club to help supply them with the books they needed for their summer reading program designed to combat the effects of “summer slide”.

Summer slide” is the tendency for students, especially those from low-income families, to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. With access to quality books, like those donated by Jack, the students who attend these summer programs return to school much more likely to succeed!

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TOTAL BOOKS RAISED: 607!!!

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Since he is such an avid reader, this was an activity Jack truly cared about. This isn’t Jack’s first time organizing his community around reading. Several years ago, he even started a BOOK AWARDS program at his elementary school!

Students like Jack continually teach us the importance and joys of giving back. We love hearing about the success of #FUTUREPHILANTHROPISTS like him, and can’t wait to see where his love of reading and giving takes him!

Way to go, Jack!

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Thank you for making a difference with Milk+Bookies!!

READ! GIVE! GROW!

 


by Alesha Dailey
July
22

The Princess and The Book

We are often overwhelmed by the generosity of our supporters who go above and beyond to promote our cause.

This was definitely the case when Brazilian-born animator and illustrator, Ariel Costa, came to us with the idea of designing a fairytale for us….needless to say, we were a *bit* blown away by this offer and the results of his efforts definitely did not disappoint!

We hope you enjoyed the tale of The Princess and The Book!

To check out more of Ariel’s work (or to just learn more about his insane skills), check out his website here OR follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Vimeo.

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Alesha Dailey