August
17

Harry Potter and the Importance of Literacy

With the recent birthdays of Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling, as well as the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, this summer has been HUGE for the Harry Potter franchise and is bringing a new generation of children back to the magic of Hogwarts!

In celebration of the new book (and our general obsession with all things HP), here’s a look at how Harry Potter has impacted literacy worldwide since its publication…

First published in 1997, the Harry Potter series has sold an estimated 450 million books across 200 different countries.

Children have been exposed to the magical world of Hogwarts in sixty-nine different languages.

Coca Cola donated $18 million to the US Reading is Fundamental program at Rowling’s request after they won the rights to tie their product in with the first film.

Harry Potter has inspired budding writers to create more than 500 thousand pieces of fan fiction related to the series.

Universities now use the Harry Potter novels to educate future teachers by comparing and contrasting teaching styles with that of Hogwarts professors.

The final novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, sold 8.3 million copies on the first day of its release.

Studies have shown that children – and adults! – that have read Harry Potter are more tolerant of stigmatized social groups, such as refugees and members of the LGBTQ community.

Foreign language versions of the novels have been used to aid in learning a second language.

Young readers are exposed not just to Hogwarts, but the many genres featured through out the novels – from fantasy to mystery to romance and horror.

Fans of Harry Potter are more politically active than those who have not read the series.

The interest spawned by Harry Potter made reading “cool” again and drew back a generation of readers from other forms of media.

59% of children say that the Harry Potter series has made them better readers.

51% of readers say they will go on to read another book series after finishing Harry Potter.

 

Can you remember the first time you read Harry Potter? For children with limited access to books, that moment may never come.

Join us in spreading the love of reading and the lastings joys of Harry Potter and Hogwarts by hosting your own Book-Raiser or donating to get much needed books to children in need!

Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home!

 

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Kristen Wood
August
12

Book-Raiser Spotlight: Connor’s 1st Birthday!

This week’s Book-Raiser Spotlight goes to

Connor & Jessica!
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To celebrate her son Connor’s first birthday, Jessica hosted a small but mighty Dr. Seuss themed Milk + Bookies Book-Raiser benefitting the Helpmate Domestic Violence Shelter in North Carolina.

Helpmate provides safety, shelter, and support to victims of domestic abuse and their children through free emergency housing, courtroom advocacy, counseling, and helping build a safer future for victims and their children. Connor and Jessica raised five books for children in these difficult situations to enjoy!

CHILDREN WHO PARTICIPATED: 4

TOTAL BOOKS RAISED: 5

DONATED TO: Helpmate Domestic Violence Shelter

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Great work Jessica and Connor! We love hearing about the success of #FUTUREPHILANTHROPISTS like Connor and can’t wait to see where their love of reading and giving takes them!

To find out how you can Host Your Own Book-Raiser and start making a difference to children in your community, click here.

And don’t forget to purchase your Bookies Box full of all the materials you will need to make your Book-Raiser a success!

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Kristen Wood
July
26

Book-Raiser Spotlight: Juliana’s 3rd Birthday!

This week’s Book-Raiser Spotlight goes to
Juliana!

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For her 3rd birthday, Juliana’s mom, Sandra, knew that she wanted to teach her daughter to appreciate her birthday, not by receiving, but by giving.

After discussing that not all children have books of their own, Juliana decided to host her own Milk + Bookies book-raiser so that she could collect and donate books to children in her local community that didn’t have access to quality reading material. When they went to drop the books off, Juliana really began to understand the true meaning of giving back to others!

Juliana ended up raising 100 books for the Boys & Girls Club of Conejo!

CHILDREN WHO PARTICIPATED: 25

TOTAL BOOKS RAISED: 100

DONATED TO: Boys & Girls Club of Conejo

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“What I learned as a parent, is that it’s never too early to start planting the seed of learning how to give.”

– Sandra, Juliana’s mom

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Great work Sandra and Juliana! This family truly teaches us that it’s never too early to learn the joys of giving. We love hearing about the success of #FUTUREPHILANTHROPISTS like Juliana and can’t wait to see where their love of reading and giving takes them!

To find out how you can Host Your Own Book-Raiser and start making a difference to children in your community, click here.

And don’t forget to purchase your Bookies Box full of all the materials you will need to make your Book-Raiser a success!

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Kristen Wood
July
6

Milk + Bookies & GiveBackLA

About a month ago, we had a very special visit to our office by the GiveBackLA team! We had such an amazing time shooting our video as a part of their “2 Minutes Can Change Everything” campaign. Our office was even temporarily transformed into a magic making studio!

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At GiveBackLA (GBLA), they believe that giving back is the new definition of success. GiveBackLA aims to introduce you to impactful & relevant Los Angeles area non-profit organizations, in a whole new way, providing a unique opportunity to get more involved in local causes that speak directly to you.

“Whether it is literacy, homelessness, violence prevention, the environment, GiveBackLA has handpicked a portfolio of local charities that have infrastructures in place that streamline the process for volunteers and financial donors to get involved at a level that is ideal for them. Whether it’s rallying co-workers at a small or large company to raise funds or creating a day of volunteering for the family, get involved and start giving back today!”

Because it’s easier than you think to make a difference. ™

We want to thank the GBLA team for all of their hard work making our amazing video and for sharing our mission! 

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Visit our website at www.milkandbookies.org to find out how to donate to support our programs or get involved by hosting a book-raiser, volunteering, and more!

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Alesha Dailey
June
20

2nd Annual Bike for Bookies with Soul Cycle!

Milk + Bookies rides again! Our 2nd Annual Bike for Bookies event will take place on August 28th @2pm. Join us for a fun filled, calorie burning day at the Beverly Hills SoulCycle Studio to help support our Leaders + Readers program! 

So far we have raised over 120,000 books and impacted 50 LA area schools and counting!! Come ride with us to help raise funds for our Leaders + Readers Program, getting kids in Title 1 schools in LA much needed books to support learning and academic excellence!

With our Leaders + Readers Program, every $1 = 1 book for a deserving child! With your help, we can get even more books into schools this fall and give every student in LA an even playing field.

Join us as a rider at this event! Email info@milkandbookies.org for more information and details on how to sign up. Hurry spaces are limited!

The more $$ we raise the faster we ride! Donate to support our programs by clicking and sharing this link with your friends and family. Help contribute to our mission of inspiring and educating the youth of Los Angeles!

We can’t wait to see you at the event of the summer!

Visit www.milkandbookies.org to read more about us.

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Alesha Dailey
June
3

Madewell Gives Back with Milk + Bookies

This week’s Book-Raiser Spotlight goes to our friends at Madewell!

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The amazing team at Madewell put together a stellar Milk + Bookies book-raiser at their Costa Mesa / South Coast Plaza store on May 29th. They provided guests with champagne and delicious cookies from Milk Jar to enjoy and, for everyone who brought in books, they received 20% off a purchase of $125+ AND a free Madewell tote! The folks at Madewell were able to raise over 42 books which will be donated to Olive Crest, an organization focused on preventing and treating child abuse in Orange County.tumblr_m2ucafR1PO1qzdg78image001

TOTAL BOOKS RAISED: 42

DONATED TO: OLIVE CREST

We are so happy to have partnered with Madewell to give so many fantastic books to kids who need them most! Madewell is one special company who not only makes the BEST products, but also gives back to their community! Madewell also supports initiatives that protect the environment and responsible sourcing. To learn more about Madewell‘s social responsibility initiatives, click here!

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THANKS TEAM MADEWELL!

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To find out how to get your company/store involved with Milk + Bookies, email us at info@milkandbookies.org!

Learn more about hosting your own book-raiser by visiting our website here!

READ! GIVE! GROW!

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by Abigail Wordin
May
23

Book-Raiser Spotlight: Blanchard Memorial School

This week’s Book-Raiser Spotlight goes to….

Blanchard Memorial School

 

The families and students of Blanchard Memorial School hosted a book-raiser to benefit the South Middlesex Opportunity Council. Nearly 200 parents and children gathered together to make this book-raiser a HUGE success!

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South Middlesex Opportunity Council improves the quality of life of low-income and disadvantaged individuals and families. For children, South Middlesex Opportunity Council runs a head start preschool program, as well as school age summer and vacation programs.

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Total Books Raised:

425

Number of Students Participated:

200 Parents and Students

Donated to:

The South Middlesex Opportunity Council

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Thank you for inspiring so many #FUTUREPHILANTHROPISTS and making a difference! We can’t wait to see where their love for reading and giving takes them!

To find out how you can Host Your Own Book-Raiser and start making a difference to children in your community, click here.

Don’t forget to purchase your Bookies Box full of all the materials you will need to host a SUCCESSFUL book-raiser!

READ, GIVE, GROW!


by Alesha Dailey
May
3

Book-Raiser Spotlight: Madeleine Gibbons-Shapiro

This week’s Book-Raiser Spotlight goes to….

Madeleine
Gibbons-Shapiro!

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Madeleine Gibbons-Shapiro recently hosted a HUGELY successful Milk + Bookies Book-Raiser at her local Barnes & Noble in San Jose, CA!! She even created her own display board with Milk + Bookies facts and showed the true meaning of what makes a #FUTUREPHILANTHROPIST!

Total books raised:

422

Donated to:

Students at Washington Elementary School

 


WES“Buying books at B&N was a different way to fundraise and Maddy was so organized and friendly. It was such a great cause, so easy to buy books for Washington School and I was motivated to buy my own books and read! Way to go, Maddie!” – Dani


Madeleine was able to raise 422 books and donate them all to Washington Elementary School! Through her book-raiser, she was able to meet the librarian, principal of the school, and also spoke briefly at a parent meeting about her project!

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The students at Washington Elementary School were so thankful for all their new books and made Madeleine a special poster with personalized messages and signatures!

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“It was a great experience and very fulfilling to see how much of an impact I was making for the lovely Washington Elementary community.” – Madeleine

We are SO THRILLED to hear about the success of Madeleine, a true #FUTUREPHILANTHROPIST, and can’t wait to see where her love for reading and giving takes her next!

 

To find out how you can Host Your Own Book-Raiser and start making a difference to children in your community, click here.

And don’t forget to purchase a Bookies Box full of all the materials you will need to make your own Book-Raiser a SUCCESS!

READ, GIVE, GROW!


by Wendy Paniagua
April
20

Book-Raiser Spotlight: PSLA

This week’s Book-Raiser Spotlight goes to…

Philanthropic Society Los Angeles!

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Philanthropic Society Los Angeles recently hosted a book-raiser to benefit the children they service in conjunction with the Children’s Institute!

Philanthropic Society Los Angeles brings together forward-minded, young, philanthropic men and women to raise funds and awareness for the children and families of
Children’s Institute. PSLA’s mission is to make a meaningful impact on thousands of children each year through support of community initiatives in underserved urban cities.

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Total kids involved in event:

20!

Total books raised:

60!

Donated to:

The Children’s Institute

 

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We are so thrilled to hear about the success of these #FUTUREPHILANTHROPISTS and can’t wait to see where their love for reading and giving takes them!

To find out how you can Host Your Own Book-Raiser and start making a difference to children in your community, click here.

And don’t forget to purchase a Bookies Box full of all the materials you will need to make your Book-Raiser a SUCCESS!

Read, Give, Grow!


by socialmedia
March
23

Book-Raiser Spotlight: Foothills Elementary School

This week’s book-raiser spotlight goes to…Foothills Elementary School!

A Milk+Bookies Book-Raiser can be anything from a class project to a birthday party. Our program is designed to help create a service learning experience for kids (and adults!) while redistributing collected books to your LOCAL community! The Bookies Box has all of the essentials to help you get started, including balloons, bookmarks, stickers, bookplates, and a guide to hosting your book-raiser. Get your Bookies Box, here!

The students and families of Foothills Elementary School hosted a school-wide book-raiser to benefit a local elementary school. Their students, teachers, and families all joined in to help make the book-raiser a HUGE success!

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Total Books Raised:

891!

Number of Students Participated:

100!

Donated to:

West Elementary School


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Thank you for inspiring so many #FUTUREPHILANTHROPISTS and making a difference! We can’t wait to see where their love for reading and giving takes them!

To find out how to host your own book-raiser and make a difference in your community, click here!

Don’t forget to order your Bookies Box that contains everything you need to make your book-raiser a success!

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Marianna Yamamoto