McDonald’s Celebrates Literacy Month With Happy Meal Books!

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McDonald’s Celebrates Literacy Month with Happy Meal Books!

Each Happy Meal Comes with 1 of 4 Books

In honor of National Literacy Month, McDonald’s has teamed up with Harper Collins along with Reading is Fundamental (RIF) to bring kids four different award winning children’s books in their Happy Meals. Did you know that “six out of ten low-income families still have no age appropriate books in their homes” according to Beth Meyer, Chief Marketing Officer of Reading is Fundamental? McDonald’s is helping to spread the gift of reading to families across the US by distributing four different amazing children’s books in their Happy Meals, September 5-18. The books included this year will be:

  • “Pete the Cat’s Got Class” by James Dean
  • “Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School” by Herman Parish”  (a personal favorite of mine)
  • “Just a School Project” by Mercer Mayer
  • “If You Take a Mouse to School” by Laura Numeroff (my oldest’s favorite)

Literacy Partner

This isn’t the first year of McDonald’s helping make books accessible to kids. Since 2013, McDonald’s has distributed 54 Million Happy Meal Books to children nationwide. 54 Million – let that sink in!  By next year, McDonald’s will have donated about 400,000 Happy Meal Books to RIF programs across the country. And through McDonald’s partnership with RIF, families can extend learning after reading this year’s Happy Meal Books with Literacy Central, a free digital portal with activites designed to help build literacy development in children.

How to Make the Most of Your Happy Meal Books

Don’t just read to your children, read with them! Demonstrate enthusiasm and encourage them to read, too. Use the books as a tool to engage in conversation about situations that apply to them, for example, “Has anything like this ever happened to you? Tell me about it” or “How did you feel on the first day of school? How do you think Amelia felt?” If you’re feeling silly, allow your minds to wander and ask your child what would happen if they took different animals to school (a sheep, a cow, a dragon)? For a fun activity, have the children reenact scenes from the books, like “if you were Pete, what would you say to Tom when he says he hates Math?”

Food + Books = Family Fun

Save yourself from dishes and treat the kids to any Happy Meal for just $2.99 at participating McDonald’s in the Greater New Orleans area. When you do, share with us which book you got in the comments!

About McDonald’s of Greater New Orleans :: 90 locally owned and operated McDonald’s restaurants proudly serving the greater New Orleans community. For local updates, follow @McD_NOLA on Twitter or like your neighborhood McDonald’s page on Facebook.


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