April
18

A Scrumdiddlyumptious Story Time!

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We were SO EXCITED to spend our Easter weekend with our friends and supporters at The Grove for our scrumdiddlyumptious Golden Ticket to Imagination Story Time! It was a beautiful spring day filled with Charlie and The Chocolate Factory-themed crafts, face painting, candy, exciting prizes, and of course, story time.

With the chocolate river flowing, our guests were invited to enter a world of pure imagination…

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Our longtime friends and dedicated M+B supporters Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen came out to read “10 Things I Love About You” by Daniel Kirk. Their infectious humor made everyone laugh and their reading was definitely a highlight of the day! Check out their feature in People Magazine that talks more about their participation and what they value as parents!

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 15: Jenny Mollen and Jason Biggs attend The Grove Hosts Golden Ticket to Imagination with Milk+Bookies at The Grove on April 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Caruso )

LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 15: Jenny Mollen and Jason Biggs attend The Grove Hosts Golden Ticket to Imagination with Milk+Bookies at The Grove on April 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Caruso )

Kids had the opportunity to make fun candy crafts for Easter, courtesy of Little Junebugs, that were inspired by our friend Jodi Levine (creator of SUPERMAKEIT) and her amazingly fun book, Candy Aisle Crafts!

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Two of our sponsors Mrs. Thinsters and See’s Candy kept our attendees sweet tooth’s satisfied with delicious chocolate chip & brownie batter cookies, and bags of delicious chocolate!

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Attendees of our Annual Story Time Celebration may have recognized the Candy Man…he made a return visit for this special candy-centric event where he was busy crafting candy art all day for our guests!

 

Copies of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl & Candy Aisle Crafts by Jodi Levine, were generously donated for our special GOLDEN TICKET giveaway and were given out as prizes for the very lucky winners…

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 15: Guests attend The Grove Hosts Golden Ticket to Imagination with Milk+Bookies at The Grove on April 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Caruso )

LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 15: Guests attend The Grove Hosts Golden Ticket to Imagination with Milk+Bookies at The Grove on April 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Caruso )

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 15: Atmosphere is seen at The Grove Hosts Golden Ticket to Imagination with Milk+Bookies at The Grove on April 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Caruso )

LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 15: Atmosphere is seen at The Grove Hosts Golden Ticket to Imagination with Milk+Bookies at The Grove on April 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Caruso )

In addition, we raffled off a HUGE Wonka Gift Bag, full of some of our favorite story books, craft kits, and goodies. CONGRATS to the winner, Sandra!!

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We of course have to give a special thanks to The Grove for hosting the event at their gorgeous venue. We always have so much fun putting on events with their rockstar team!

We would also like to give shoutouts to Grove tenants Barnes & Noble, Sprinkles Cupcakes and Laduree for supporting the event by donating a portion of proceeds to Milk + Bookies to help support our mission.

Last, but certainly not least, thank you to everyone who came! Whether you were a guest, a volunteer, or an OompaLoompa, you made the day a blast and we hope you will join us again next time!

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by Megan Tambio
February
2

Get Creative & Crafty with Ann Wiliams Group

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Here at Milk + Bookies, we’re all about enhancing children’s imaginations. We do it through the love of a good book and inspiring kids to read, but Ann Williams Group has taken a more hands-on approach: crafts!

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Ann Williams makes creative, colorful crafting packages for the young and young at heart. It is no secret that we LOVE a good craft project, which is why we are so thrilled that they are partnering with us for our 8th Annual Story Time Celebration by providing these amazing Craft-tastic Book Necklace Kits to be won at our Scavenger Hunt!

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Create your own book necklace!

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If that’s not cool enough, Ann Williams is also giving a special deal on their monthly craft subscription boxes exclusively for Milk + Bookies supporters!!

Use the code MILKBOOKIES at check out and you can get you first box for just $8!

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Ann Williams‘ founder, Sheila Wright, is a “life- long maker” who truly believes in the creative outlet crafting can provide. “When kids craft, they develop problem solving skills. They become much better thinkers. And they acquire confidence. Above all, through making, they realize they can do anything they set their mind to.”

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Don’t miss your chance to get crafty with us and Ann Williams at our Story Time Celebration taking place on February 26th, 2017 at HD Buttercup – Culver City from 11am to 2pm.

 

Get your tickets TODAY!!


by Megan Tambio
October
10

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Recap!

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We had SO MUCH FUN at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on September 24th! A HUGE thank you to The Grove and everyone who came out for an afternoon of crafts, snacks, balloons, face painting, and – of course – story time!

Many thanks to Teak & Lace for the beautiful decorations, Magic Characters for bringing The Mad Hatter and Alice to life, Clementine for the delicious goodies, Pottery Barn Kids for supplying the tea party sets, Elizabeth and James for generously donating a portion of profits to the event, and the lovely Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) for coming out to read stories to us!


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“I could tell you my adventures — beginning from this morning, but it’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”

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“Yes, that’s it! It’s always tea time.”

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“And what is the use of a book without pictures or conversation?”

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“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

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“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense; nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it wasn’t.”

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“I can’t explain myself, I’m afraid, Sir, because I’m not myself you see.”

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“You’re entirely bonkers. But I will tell you a secret: all the best people are.”

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“Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it.”

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“Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible.”

See you all next time in Wonderland!

Interested in partnering with Milk + Bookies for charity events at your store, retail complex, community event, etc.?? Email us at info@milkandbookies.org to find out more info!


by Kristen Wood
September
16

Join Us For The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party!

Don’t be late for this very important date!

 

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Join us at The Grove on Saturday, September 24th, 2-5pm for The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party! On the lawn outside Nordstrom and Pacific Theaters, we will celebrate heading back to school with celebrity story time, crafts, treats, and more.

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Be sure to purchase your tickets here! General admission is $10 per child. A $25 VIP pass includes a complimentary children’s book and t-shirt.

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READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Kristen Wood
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
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
April
26

Recap: 7th Annual Story Time Celebration!

Another Story Time Celebration has come and gone, and, as always, we are so THANKFUL to everyone (celebrities, sponsors, donors, volunteers, and guests!) that came out to support our cause and make this day a HUGE success!

We owe it ALL TO YOU!

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“This event is a SUPER BLOW OUT version of the “host your own” book-raiser. We provide books on-site from which children choose, inscribe and donate to a pre-chosen recipient. We have arts & crafts all made from recycled book pages, costumed characters from your favorite classic tales plus a celebrity story time and yummy treats!”

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It was great to see everyone gathered together at the
California Market Center and spend a few magical hours with us. We were able to donate over 3,000 books to support our summer reading program at Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Los Angeles with the help of our friends at Discover Books!

We would like to take this opportunity to recap some of our favorite moments from our special event!

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This year we had amazing celebrity readers John Cho, B.J Novak, Lena Headey, Tamara MowryDave Koechner, Miranda Cosgrove, Jay Mohr, and Henry Winkler! The Story Time lounge was full of your favorite celebs like Julie Bowen, Selma Blair, Dan BucatinskyCharlie Day & Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Justin Baldoni, Busy Philipps and MANY more! Thank you to everyone that came out to support us!

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The wonderful Magic Characters brought fairytales to life! The kids were so happy to be around their favorite storybook characters and made sure to capture the magical moment. We want to thank our friends Tinkerbell, Robin Hood, Captain Hook, Waldo, Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, Willy Wonka, Max from ‘Where the Wild Things Are,’ and Little Red Riding Hood!

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Our volunteers enjoyed a hot brunch provided by Bru’s Wiffle and our guests enjoyed delicious treats from our food sponsors Krispy Kreme, CookieGoodLA, CheeboStuft Cookie, Bakeology, RalphsCalifornia Pizza Kitchen, McConnell’s Ice Cream, 1915 Juices- Bolthouse Farms, The Albright/Cast Iron Catering, and Organic Kids LA!

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Thank you to TOMS, Honest Company, Oven Mitt Cookies, Band-Aid Brand, Yoobi, Rise Up Coffee, Pair of Thieves, Pipsticks, Clare V., and Circle of Friends for filling our VIP guest room with wonderful goodies!

We also had great raffle prizes for our guests to enter to win from our wonderful sponsors, including: 5 Class Sessions with Soul Cycle, Kid’s Pizza Party with California Pizza Kitchen, A Pamper Yourself Package from Dry Bar, The Ultimate Gamer’s Weekend with Riot Games, a Weekend Retreat at Lake Arrowhead donated by MomStamp, a Deluxe Toy Basket from Quinnie & B, Two Weeks of Camp at Steve & Kate’s Camp, a Luxury One Night Stay at The Langham Huntington Pasadena, a Family Portrait Session from Halper Fine Arts, and an Ultimate Story Time Gift Basket with TONS of goodies!

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One of the highlights from our Story Time Celebration, and the most talked about, are our unique decorations found all around the event! A house, flowers, animals, and floating clouds with our recipient organizations names all made out of recycled book pages! We owe these beauties to our AMAZING design team at Dutch + Finn!

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Our crafts corner was a HUGE hit with all the kids! From decorating their own fairy tale wings to making their own Milk + Bookies bookmark, they let their creative minds run wild! A HUGE thank you to our longtime Creative Director and crafting genius, Courtney Collins from little junebugs!

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Story Time would not have been possible without all of our AMAZING sponsors and donors!

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Thank you to everyone for your continued support and for helping us make this event the BEST yet!

We hope to see you all again next year!!

 

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Wendy Paniagua
April
11

Say “Cheese” For Flipbooth!

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Let’s admit it. We all LOVE photo booths, right!? Recall those fun memories of hanging out with your besties at the mall taking pictures, trying to convince your parents to come pick you up an hour later than usual on a Friday night, to no avail. Now, thanks to Flipbooth, you can relive that same sense of fun while making new memories! Flipbooth makes a jazzy addition to any wedding, party, or event that you and your guests won’t get enough of!

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Lovely little flip books via @flipbooth on Instagram

Flipbooth offers multiple formatting options, including classic photo booth strips, animated GIFs, and of course, flip books! You can directly share your creations on your favorite social media sites using the social media station and your digital negatives will also be accessible on Flipbooth’s website for you to download at your convenience. All of the booths use the highest quality DSLR cameras and professional studio lights so your photos will always be en pointe!

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Open-air booths let you be yourself! via @flipbooth on Instagram

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Using the booth is as easy as one, two, three! Simply step in front of the camera, pose for a six second video, wait for your flipbook to print, and voilà! Flipbooth’s photo booths are open-air, which means you don’t have to climb into a tiny box with a bunch of your friends. Let’s just say it allows maximum “voguing” potential! Better yet, a variety of stylish props are included for your event!

They can be set up anywhere with your choice of a complementary white, black, silver, or gold backdrop. You can also provide your own backdrop or Flipbooth can create a custom design just for your event!

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Nothing says “party” like a sparkly backdrop! via @flipbooth on Instagram

Flipbooth is a proud partner of Milk + Bookies and we are beyond excited to showcase their photo booths at our 7th Annual Story Time Celebration on April 17th in DTLA!

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For more information on our 7th Annual Story Time Celebration and to purchase your tickets, click here! We hope to see you there!

 

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Shannon Dailey
April
1

Yoobi: One for You, One for Me

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Yoobi is all about colorful, fun school supplies and our favorite thing GIVING! At Yoobi, their motto is “one for you, one for me”, which means that every time you make a purchase, Yoobi reciprocates by donating school supplies to in-need classrooms here in the United States!

Yoobi wants to make sure that all kids have access to school supplies, just like we here at Milk + Bookies want all kids to have access to books. So far they have donated school supplies to 1 MILLION KIDS and counting!! Together we can give kids the education they deserve!

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Yoobi packsYoobi was kind enough to donate hundreds of great craft supplies and prizes for our 7th Annual Story Time Celebration!! We can’t wait to get creative…Here are some fun and easy activities from Yoobi’s instagram to get you inspired for April 17th!

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Follow @yoobi on instagram for more awesome crafts!

Colors galore! Yoobi has all the coloring supplies you need to make your coloring pages come to life! Download these and other awesome coloring pages here!

 

 

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Follow @yoobi on instagram for more craft ideas!

Give your favorite jeans a new look! Yoobi‘s stamp brush paint set adds just the right amount of color! Get a set of your own here!

 

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Tickets are still available for our 7th Annual Story Time Celebration! To purchase tickets, click HERE!

We hope to see you all there on April 17th!!

 

READ! GIVE! GROW!

 


by Abigail Wordin
February
23

Mr. Men / Little Miss Gap Celebration Recap!

On Saturday, February 6th, Milk+Bookies teamed up with Gap to celebrate the Mr. Men Little Miss series and the release of their new clothing line inspired by them!

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20 Gap Kids stores across 18 cities in the U.S. and Canada hosted a day of fun with a cozy reading area, photo opportunities with Mr. Gap and Little Miss Gap, a coloring station, and of course…COOKIES!

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At each location, a local mommy blogger joined the fun and hosted a reading of the Mr. Men Little Miss books. Everyone was encouraged to join in and bring books to donate! Each store collected gently used books to benefit a local Boys & Girls Club in their community!

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Chestnut St., San Francisco

Hosted by Liz Stanley of Say Yes

Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

Hosted by Jordan Reid of Ramshackle Glam

The Grove, Los Angeles

Hosted by Rachel Pitzel of ClubMomMe

Houston Galleria, Houston

Hosted by Houston Moms Blog

Court King of Prussia, King of Prussia

Hosted by PhillyFun4Kids and Mommy Call

17th and 5th, New York

Hosted by Nicole of Lillies & León

59th and Lexington, New York

Hosted by Brianne of Strolling in the City

Garden State Plaza, Paramus

hosted by Jersey Fashionista

NorthPark Center, Dallas

Hosted by Autumn Rose Reo of Mama Challenge

Copley Place, Boston

Hosted Kristin Quinn by of Misadventures in Mommyhood

Water Tower Place, Chicago

Hosted by Alicia Marie of Making Time for Mommy

Michigan Ave, Chicago

Hosted by Alison Ray of So Chic Life

Lincoln Road, Miami

Hosted by Jennifer Berger of Wear it Well Miami

Mall at Millenia, Orlando

Hosted by Orlando Moms Blog

South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa

Hosted by Jenn Willey of Balancing the Chaos

Lenox Square, Atlanta

Hosted by Kecia of Southern Girl Ramblings

Toronto Eaton Center, Toronto

Hosted by Social Common

Chinook Center, Calgary

Hosted by Kait Kucy of The Archives of Cool

Tysons Center Corner, McLean

Hosted by Sarah Grosjean of Capital Moms

Hoboken and Washington Street, Hoboken

Hosted by Reesa of Momma Lew

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It’s not a celebration without cookies! YUM!

We are thrilled by the overwhelming support from the Gap, all of the wonderful mommy bloggers, and YOU!

Thank you for spreading the love of reading and giving!

Learn more about Milk+Bookies, here!

Host your own book-raiser to benefit your LOCAL community!

Read! Give! Grow!


by Marianna Yamamoto