About Maria
Maria Keller is just your average 17-year-old girl, who loves to read, travel, and explore the great outdoors with her Golden Retriever, Lilly.  She lives in Plymouth, Minnesota with her parents and 13-year-old brother, Ryan. She attends Orono High School and, when she is not busy counting and sorting books, she enjoys exploring the world and eating ice cream. 

Board of Directors

Maria Keller, Founder & Chair
  • ​Mary Ambre, Marketing Consultant
  • Kati Brick, ZooZatZ
  • Mark Iverson, Foodsby
  • Scott Ackermann, Educator
  • Michelle Doyle, University of Minnesota
  • Andrea Cuene, Wayzata School Board
  • Monica Delattre, Taos Gallery
  • Bryan Skavnak, Bryan Skavnak Golf Academy
  • Karina Muller, Business Strategy Consultant

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.
Read Indeed is a 501c3 nonprofit literacy organization and the vision of Maria Keller, a book-loving 17-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! She has currently surpassed 2.1 million books and now she wants to work toward 3 million books. 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
  • Jane Eyre
  • 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
  • Hatchet
  • Because of Winn-Dixie
  • The Chronicles of Narnia