Milk+Bookies

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Book-donation program info -- but not much else.

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Book party program designed to teach kids importance of giving back.

 

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Users can donate through site, purchase stickers, bookmarks, other items for their charitable book drive party.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Milk+Bookies is a site designed to promote charitable book giving and reading. Kids can't chat or email each other through this program's informational site, and any comments users submit for the site's blog are moderated, so the site should provide a safe experience. Users also have the option to donate to the site's charitable efforts, or purchase bookmarks, stickers, and other merchandise.

 

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What's it about?

MILK+BOOKIES is a nonprofit started by a mom who began throwing book donation parties in 2004, featuring milk and cookies, to reinforce her family's love of reading and philanthropy. Books from each event are given to kids in need in donors' local community. The site offers advice on how to sponsor a party, information about an Los Angeles school-based initiative, videos from past events, a suggested book list, and other ideas (including decor suggestions) for book donation parties.

Is it any good?

This website promotes a solid program that reinforces the importantce of giving back to kids, but there's not much else to be found here. Parents get helpful tips on how to set up and successfully run a book donation event as well as book recommendations for their kids. Unfortunately, there isn't a ton of other information on the site. Most information revolves around videos of events and the nonprofit's background story. Parents won't find activities, significant information on volunteering, or other items to help further kids' philanthropic efforts. But if parents are looking for an activity that will provide togetherness time and a charitable benefit, throwing a Milk+Bookies party is an option -- and the site has all the info they need to get started.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why giving time and, if possible, money can help causes that are in need. What can your family can do to help others in your local community?

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  • The Milk+Bookies program encourages kids to donate a favorite book. Which book is your favorite -- and why?

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  • Donation is a form of helping out. How can your child help others on a daily basis, such as helping a teacher put things away in class, or helping out at home to finish a chore?

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For kids who love charity

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