Read Indeed was founded in 2008 by 11-year-old Maria Keller. Then 8, Maria established her Read Indeed program as a result of her vision to provide as many age appropriate books to at-risk children as possible. Quite simply, Maria wants to “change the world one book at a time.”
Maria has a profound love of books and reading, so when she learned that many children throughout the world have never owned a book, she was simply stunned. She became determined to change this because she understands the vital role books play in the lives of children. Beginning with a small book drive that garnered 1,000 books, Maria’s vision soon grew and she determined that she wants to collect 1 million books by the time she’s 18.