My sons are seven years old and nine years old, and one of their most favourite things in the world is a McDonald’s Happy Meal.
I mean, I get it. Their favourite foods, the autonomy to customize their own meal, and even a little treat and/or toy to round out the experience. It makes them happy, and because I’m secure in the overall nutritional choices I make for my kids, I’m happy too. Last month, when McDonald’s Canada announced the launch of their new Happy Meal Book program, I was ecstatic. The boys are at an age where they’re starting to lose themselves in books; from time to time, I’ll expect to find one of them tucked away with an electronic device, when it reality, he’ll have his nose in a book. As a parent, and a bona fide bookworm myself, nothing could make me more proud.
And now, along with their customized Happy Meal, they also have the choice to select a book or toy. The books, which are all written and illustrated by Canadians and feature distinct Canadian content, include iconic characters such as Franklin the Turtle by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark, Scaredy Squirrel by Mélanie Watt, the beloved Life in the Wild series by Nicholas Oldland and the Dragon Safety Series from Jean E. Pendziwol and Martine Gourbault.
The books are published by Kids Can Press, the largest Canadian-owned children’s book publisher, and the recipient of the distinguished 2017 Bologna Book Prize–Children’s Publisher of the Year. Every eight weeks, two new books will be available in restaurants, in both English and French. They’re just the right skill level for children in primary and junior grades, which helps to foster not only a love of reading, but an opportunity to develop their confidence.
You can also help spread the love of reading through McDonald’s #OwnaBookGiveaBook donation initiative by posting a shelfie – a photo of book shelves – including the hashtag. One book per shelfie – up to 20,000 books – will be donated with First Book Canada, an organization that provides access to new books for children. McDonald’s will also install Little Free Libraries at Ronald McDonald Houses across the country, where books can be left or taken home.
Do your children love to read? Or, maybe they need a little encouragement? This summer, share story time together! (And maybe pinch a McNugget while they’re engrossed in the book.)
This post is sponsored by McDonald’s Canada. The opinions on this blog, as always, are my own.
I love the idea of books instead of the little toys. Unfortunately, despite all the hype about this when we took my granddaughter to McD and she actually wanted a book instead of the toy they didn’t have any! I was very disappointed.
Oh no Elizabeth! That’s too bad. I’m hoping you’ll be able to grab a book when you return! The good news is that they’re around for a while!
Bravo McDonalds!! this is amazing that they have this option for the kiddos <3
This is such a fantastic way to get kids to read. Full tummies makes kids and everyone happy so more apt to be in a great mood to read. Kids would equate reading with being happy
This is so awesome WTG McDonalds , such a great idea :) My Grand kids love books :)
I much rather the books than the toys and so did the kids!
I’m really loving the books option at McDonald’s!
This is a great initiative by McDonald’s. It encourages kids to improve their reading and understanding skills. I love it!
I love that McDonald’s is doing this!
What a great idea! Now someone needs to develop a Happy Meal for adults that comes with a book! lol!
New books are always a hit in our house, so this initiative is wonderful!
This is a great idea that McDonald’s has introduced!
There aren’t many kids who’d say no to a McDonald’s Happy Meal. Love that there are now books that can be chosen instead of a toy.
We have went twice now and they didn’t have books,a bit disappointing to the kids who were looking forward to one !
Debbie White Beattie
We all love McDonald’s and now McDonald’s is helping to inspire kids to read which I think is much better than getting a little toy.
Love that they are giving out books, foster a love of books early.
Books are so much more interesting than the toys,my grandkids love to read !
The book makes the Happy Meal the perfect choice! The kids get a nice treat and a great book to read!
Being able to choose between a book and a toy is a great idea!
Books are always the best !
Cool, this is a nice gift and idea