Chelsea is in grade 1 this year and she is quickly turning into a super little reader. Jumping about 10 levels so far since the start of the year, I love seeing her pointing out words no matter where she is. From time to time I get the pleasure of visiting her classroom and I get to listen to her and her classmates read to me – their pride is evident both in their smiles and their growing vocabularies.
You can imagine my own pride as a parent to see my daughter get so excited to find a book alongside her grilled cheese, yogurt and apple slices in her Happy Meal. She loves her Happy Meal toys, but books? Books are awesome.
Through Happy Meal Books, McDonald’s Canada is giving millions of children nationwide access to books and supporting the value of reading. From now until February 15th (2016), McDonald’s Canada, in partnership with HarperCollins, is bringing back the second instalment of Happy Meal Books. During this time, Happy Meal toys will be replaced with four classic, Happy Meal-sized books. This year, each book incorporates a Valentine’s Day theme and has a removable Valentine card inside.
What makes these books so valuable to me is that they are books that Chelsea is eager to read. In fact, she received Bruce Hale’s Clark the Shark Takes Heart for Christmas (and I paid almost $20, gah!). Along with Clark, the other books being offered are Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day is Cool by Kimberly Dean (another favourite in this house), Paddington by Michael Bond and Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! By Laura Numeroff.
While the books will be read over and over (and possibly over and over again), that’s only part of their story. At home, using the McPlay App, families can scan the back of the book to unlock a children’s interactive activity in two easy steps:
Step One: Download the McPlay App
Step Two: Scan the Happy Meal logo, located on the back of the book, to unlock exclusive games.
You can also simply open an activity sheet available at http://www.happymeal.com/#Create and continue the fun & learning.
I hope your family enjoys these books as much as we are. I’d love to hear your (and your kid’s) feedback on the books, so visit your local McDonald’s, then join the online conversation using #HappyMealBooks.
Disclosure: I was compensated for writing this post however all opinions are my own; honest and genuine.