McDonald’s Happy Meals: Calcium, Fruit, and Literacy? (Giveaway)

National Family Literacy Day is Nov. 1 and McDonald’s is inviting families to celebrate the joy of reading with the launch of a new Happy Meal Books promotion. From Nov. 1 – Nov. 14, McDonald’s will offer books in print for Happy Meal customers, providing more than 20 million books to families across the U.S. Throughout the two-week Happy Meal Books offer, families will be able to enjoy four original books featuring McDonald’s Happy Meal characters.

Here is a video the kiddos and I did expressing how we make reading an important part of our family (you totally have my permission to laugh…between the distinct root line of my hair and the kiddos comments this is rather amusing)

Also, as part of the launch of Happy Meal Books, McDonald’s is collaborating with Reading is Fundamental (RIF), the largest children’s literacy non-profit in the U.S., to help more children and their families discover the joy of reading. RIF will distribute 100,000 Happy Meal Books to children who do not have easy access to books.

“Books are essential for inspiring children to explore, dream, and achieve, yet far too many children do not have this basic resource,” said Reading is Fundamental CEO Carol Hampton Rasco. “To change this unfortunate reality, RIF is uniting with McDonald’s, a company that embraces the transformative power of books and is committed to helping families and communities thrive. Together, McDonald’s and RIF can truly help enrich kids’ lives through access to books and by putting the fun back into reading.”


The new books follow a number of enhancements McDonald’s has made to the Happy Meal over in recent years including:

•McDonald’s 2011 “Commitments to Offer Improved Nutrition Choices,” to ensure 100% of McDonald’s national kids’ communications include a nutrition or active lifestyle message.

•Since 2013, the automatic inclusion of apple slices, a smaller kids-sized fry and the choice of a low-fat dairy option like 1% low-fat white milk or fat-free chocolate milk.

•Since 2010, a portion of proceeds from each Happy Meal sold goes to support Ronald McDonald House Charities. 


The four limited-edition books include:

•“The Goat Who Ate Everything” – Tells a story of a goat who has a big appetite and struggles to eat right. But when he does, he feels great and becomes the playful ‘kid’ everyone loves.

•“Deana’s Big Dreams” – Shares how Deana, the world’s smallest dinosaur, grew tall by eating right.

•“Ant, Can’t” – Features Ant, a bite-sized bodybuilder who’s big on encouraging physical fitness through exercise and eating right.

•“Doddi the Dodo Goes to Orlando” – Follows happy-go-lucky bird Doddi who travels the world. She eats right because this dodo is always on the go-go.



Clearly Happy Meals are not what they used. These are not your mommas Happy Meals, haha! Kudos goes out to McDonald’s for listening to the customers’ needs and for teaming up for such a great initiative, thank you!


3 lucky winners will be awarded 2 Happy Meal coupons!!

To enter…..

  1. Like Mom on the go in Holy Toledo Facebook page
  2. Follow McDonald’s on Twitter
  3. Follow @mamaof3onthego on twitter
  4. Once you have completed 1-3 comment to this post stating how you make reading an important part of your family or share your family’s favorite storybook.

Winner to be randomly selected Nov. 5th @ 11:59pm

(Winner’s name will be posted on this blog post, Facebook, and twitter.  Winner will be asked to email their address to  Thank you)

Disclosure: I was given McDonald’s Happy Meal coupons, no other compensation was received, and all opinions expressed are my own.

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36 Comments on “McDonald’s Happy Meals: Calcium, Fruit, and Literacy? (Giveaway)”

  1. krissy daniels
    October 31, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    I did 1-3, At our home reading is really important and a family thing at least 3 nights a week we cuddle up and pick out a book and read together as a family, brings closeness!
    Krissy Daniels

  2. October 31, 2013 at 7:04 pm #

    We have two favorites over here 🙂 The Molly Lou Melon books and the Fly Guy books 🙂 They can’t decide which one they like better! We read every day before bed and at random times during the day

  3. October 31, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

    I like how the book completely covered Maddy’s face there at the end!

  4. Haya Mahfaza
    October 31, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

    We buy books for each other on birthdays and holidays or Barnes and noble gift cards to encourage reading books on their own, but we also do story time often 🙂

  5. Nikki Khuong
    November 1, 2013 at 1:44 am #

    We have tons of books and are constantly getting more! I’ve read a story every night for the last 5 years and often we read other books during the day. Now that my daughter is in Kindergarten I read but stop at sight words (lightning words) so she can read along! In my opinion this added to the joy of reading. I was never much of a reader as a kid but now I really encourage my daughter to read!
    I don’t think I could possibly pick one favorite book. However I will share we have about 30 of our favorites upstairs in bedrooms and a ton of other books in the play area!

  6. Jamie Martin
    November 1, 2013 at 3:16 am #

    We read every single day.

  7. Kathleen
    November 1, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    I like you on facebook as kathleen porteous
    follow you and mcdonaldsnwoh on twitter @JT2ofusanddeals

    My daughter and I read a ton! Every single day, no matter what, we read together. Right now, our favorite is a Fancy Nancy book

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  8. Meredith
    November 1, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

    Reading is one of the best parts of the day.

  9. November 2, 2013 at 12:16 am #

    I liked u on FB as Angela Saver
    Follow u on twitter as @saverang
    follow McDonald’s on twitter as @saverang

    We read everyday! We take regular trips to the library to find books we are interested in.

  10. November 2, 2013 at 12:19 am #

    I liked u on FB as Angela Saver

    Follow u on twitter as @saverang

    McDonald’s on twitter as @saverang

    We read everyday! We take regular trips to the library to find books we are interested in.

  11. Dawn Hecke
    November 2, 2013 at 3:38 am #

    I like you on febook as Dawn Hecke

    • Dawn Hecke
      November 2, 2013 at 3:39 am #


  12. Dawn Hecke
    November 2, 2013 at 3:40 am #

    I follow McDonalds on Twitter as @babygirl92699

  13. Dawn Hecke
    November 2, 2013 at 3:41 am #

    I follow you on Twitter as @babygirl92699

  14. Dawn Hecke
    November 2, 2013 at 3:42 am #

    Our favorite book is The Polar Express

  15. beth shepherd
    November 3, 2013 at 12:51 am #

    i like you on fb

  16. Robin
    November 3, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    I like reading the Harry Potter series to my son.

  17. nickie
    November 4, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

    We read everyday.

  18. Michelle D
    November 4, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    We read at least two books every night before bed. It is part of my son’s daily bedtime ritual.

  19. Sara Sullivan
    November 4, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    My mother has read to my daughters every night since they were little. (They are teens now and still LOVE that special time!)

  20. Susan Smith
    November 4, 2013 at 11:07 pm #

    Like Mom on the go in Holy Toledo Facebook page Susan Smith
    Follow McDonald’s on Twitter susan1215
    Follow @mamaof3onthego on twitter susan1215

    I make reading important by taking my kids to the library often and reading to them at night before bed.

  21. wendy Rozema
    November 5, 2013 at 2:34 am #

    I Like Mom on the go in Holy Toledo Facebook page Wendy Rozema

  22. wendy Rozema
    November 5, 2013 at 2:34 am #

    i Follow McDonald’s on Twitter @keatonemma

  23. wendy Rozema
    November 5, 2013 at 2:34 am #

    i Follow @mamaof3onthego on twitter @keatonemma

  24. wendy Rozema
    November 5, 2013 at 2:35 am #

    i make reading important part by reading to my kids and them reading to me and we like to go to the library

  25. Paula Tavernie
    November 5, 2013 at 4:08 am #

    I like you on FB(Paula Tavernie)
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

  26. laura588
    November 5, 2013 at 4:31 am #

    I like you on Facebook.
    Laurie Emerson

  27. laura588
    November 5, 2013 at 4:32 am #

    I follow McDonald’s on twitter.

  28. laura588
    November 5, 2013 at 4:33 am #

    I follow you on twitter.

  29. laura588
    November 5, 2013 at 4:35 am #

    I make reading a important part of our family by taking turns reading to our children every night at bedtime. We also make a family trip to the library every Saturday.
    Laurie Emerson

  30. November 5, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    did all three (jen twark gersch @ jtwark on twitter . Our family fave book is the giving tree

  31. jtwark
    November 5, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    I completed steps 1-3 (jen twark gersch fb @jtwark twitter and our fave family book is the giving tree

  32. Beth Klocinski
    November 5, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    Reading at bedtime is always relaxing for me and I started that tradition with my kids. A bedtime story is a great wind down for the day.

  33. Amy
    November 5, 2013 at 11:42 pm #

    We read everyday before supper and after. It brings out a child’s imagination!

  34. Joy Q
    November 6, 2013 at 5:41 am #

    We read a few books every day & we usually read goodnight moon before bed

  35. November 6, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    And the winners of the McDonald’s Happy Meals are….
    Dawn Hecke, Jen Gersch , & Paula Tavernie!!
    Congrats ladies! I have sent an email to each of you with further info.

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