Julie Bowen, Max Greenfield Read Out Loud at Milk + Bookies' Story Time Celebration
Stars brought their kids to the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles for Milk + Bookies’ annual Story Time Celebration on Sunday afternoon. It was a reading wonderland, where children listened to celebrities read aloud from some of their favorite stories while making arts and crafts and, of course, snacking on milkshakes and cookies.
Modern Family actress Julie Bowen and her three sons read That Is Not a Good Idea by Mo Willems to a large group of children, who sprawled on beanbags while being entertained by popular "magic characters" such as The Cat in the Hat. Bowen, a member of the Milk + Bookies honorary committee, said the event is fun for kids and teaches them important life morals. “Not only is it about reading literacy, it’s about charitable giving and teaching kids to give back,” Bowen told The Hollywood Reporter. "You can’t argue with that."
Milk + Bookies promotes literacy and aims to provide books for children who may not be able to afford books of their own. Children were able to pick a book free of charge from a wide selection of classic tales, attach a decorated note and and drop the book into a treasure chest to donate to a child.
Bowen, who says her sons are currently into the Captain Underpants series, has always loved Charlotte’s Web and hopes that her children will like it as well. “I’m so afraid that they are not going to like it, which might actually crush me," said Bowen. "If they don’t like Charlotte’s Web, I might have to trade them in for other children!"
New Girl funnyman Max Greenfield took the stage with his four-year-old daughter to read one of their favorite books, We're Going on a Bear Hunt. Orange Is the New Black actor Jason Biggs attended with his wife, Jenny Mollen, and their newborn baby (who Mollen said has been keeping her up every night), and brought a copy of her book, I Like You Just the Way I Am: Stories About Me and Some Other People.
Once Upon a Time’s Josh Dallas, who is expecting a baby with co-star and wife Ginnifer Goodwin, said he decided to read The Snatchabook by Helen and Thomas Docherty because it received the best response from Goodwin’s baby bump. "I read a stack of books to the baby bump, and that was the one that got the hit," said Dallas.
Scandal actor Dan Bucatinsky brought his son and daughter, who picked books to donate. Bucatinsky says one of his favorite books is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but he would be interested in writing his own children's book as well. "I’d want it to be about different kinds of families," said Bucatinsky. "Because I come from a family of two dads, I’d love to tell stories of different creatures whether they’re real or not having different shapes and sizes of families. That’s a good idea. I should do it."