About Maria
Maria Keller is just your average 14-year-old girl, who loves to read, play on the Wii, and explore the great outdoors with her Golden Retriever, Lilly.  She lives in Plymouth, Minnesota with her parents and 10-year-old brother, Ryan. She attends Orono High School and, when she is not busy counting and sorting books, she enjoys playing lacrosse and biking. She serves as Vice President of her Freshman class and is actively involved in her youth group at church.

Board of Directors

Maria Keller, Founder & Chair
Maura Keller, Executive Director, President of Keller Ink
  • ​Mary Ambre, Marketing Consultant
  • Kati Brick, Independent Consultant
  • Kristin Muller, University of Minnesota
  • Dave Musolf, Tiger Oak Media
  • Mark Iverson, Project CAP
  • Scott Ackermann, Educator
  • Michelle Doyle, University of Minnesota
  • Andrea Cuene, Wayzata School Board
  • Monica Delattre, Taos Gallery
  • Brandy Lulling, Help Systems
  • Bryan Skavnak, Bryan Skavnak Golf Academy

Youth Advisory Council

Read Indeed's Youth Advisory Council allows youth (ages 12 to 17) to participate in Read Indeed on an advisory level. The Youth Advisory Council participants build skills such as leadership, researching, and fundraising.
  • Maria Keller, Orono High School
  • Elizabeth Ambre, Benilde St. Margaret
  • Maggie Brick, Orono High School
  • Jane Guidera, Orono High School 
  • Sophie Hathaway, Benilde St. Margaret
  • Mitchell King, Wayzata High School
  • Mollie McGrann, Orono High School
  • Annika Muller, Edina Middle School
  • Grayden Snyder, Spectrum High School
  • Paradis Vandeputte, Chanhassen High
  • Ivy Barrett, Orono High School
  • Alex Berger, Orono High School
  • Andy Baran, Orono High School
Read Indeed is a 501c3 nonprofit literacy organization and the vision of Maria Keller, a book-loving 14-year-old who wants to make the world a better place—one book at a time.  Read Indeed’s mission is to promote literacy by collecting and gifting books to at-risk children.
Maria began Read Indeed when she was 8 years old and her original goal was to collect and distribute 1 million books to kids in need by the time she’s 18. She accomplished this goal before the age of 13! Now she wants to work toward 2 million books while distributing books to all 50 states in the U.S. and every country in the world. Having donated more than $4 million in books, Maria has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of children.

Media and Awards

Read Indeed continues to receive press through a variety of media outlets and Maria has received recognition for her service to kids in need. You can see updates on the Media and Awards page. 

Contact Us

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Maria's Favorite Books

  • The Giver
  • Divergent
  • Harry Potter
  • The Help
  • Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Hunger Games
  • Treasure Island
  • The Book Thief
  • The Girl With the Pearl Earring
  • The Lightning Thief Series
  • Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
  • Hoot
  • Hatchet
  • The Boxcar Children (particularly the first)
  • Because of Winn-Dixie
  • The Black Stallion
  • Frindle
  • Ida B.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • The Report Card
  • American Girl books, particularly Kit