Karter Johnson is a 10 year old literacy influencer from Detroit, MI. He is the CEO of Popcorn and Books, after reading a newsletter that stated if third graders couldn’t read on grade level they would have to repeat the 3rd grade. Shocked by this news, an 8-year-old Karter Johnson did research on the topic and learned that a lack of books in the home and not having anyone to read with were 2 huge issues. So he launched Popcorn and Books subscription box via Universal Popcorn, LLC., Karter made it his business to help fight the literacy problem that some kids face and to be there for kids who need someone to read with. 

After being in business for a year and a half Popcorn and Books is now a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Through that organization Karter has launched ‘Build A Kid’s Library’ where we send high-quality, age-appropriate books to kids in Detroit, MI. and it’s surrounding areas once a month at no cost to their families. 

In addressing the second major issue of not having anyone to read with, Karter spends time reading books on ‘The Build Your Kid’s Library,’ reading show where he read books that would be a great addition to kid’s home library and to be a place where kids can see that reading can be fun and be encouraged to read.

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Popcorn and Books

Subscription Box

Popcorn and Books is a monthly subscription box curated by 10-year-old Karter Johnson. Each month Karter handpicks items to include in the box. Your child will receive 2 books, a snack of popcorn, a candy treat, activities, and other surprises that will vary.

More than another subscription. This box will not only build your child’s library it will also build the library of a child in Detroit. Each subscription will help us send a book to kids through our Build A Kid’s Library program.


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