This post was written by the Experimental Mommy in partnership with McDonald’s®. All opinions remain 100% honest.
As a child, I could often be found sitting on my windowsill with my nose stuck in a book. From an early age, I loved reading and my parents encouraged my obsession by enrolling me in summer reading programs at our local library. I always knew I wanted to pass this love of reading on to my own children and by the time I became a Mom, I was well aware that research by the American Academy of Pediatrics showed that reading daily to young children stimulates early brain development and helps build key language, literacy and social skills.
After the birth of my first daughter, I made a point to read her a bedtime story every night not only for the obvious benefits to her brain development but for the ultimate bonus of endless baby snuggles. Now that she is 12 and an avid reader herself, I can say that the many stories read together were time well spent (and greatly missed)!
In celebration of National Literacy Month in September, McDonald’s in partnership with HarperCollins Publishers, will distribute four Happy Meal-sized books in Happy Meals from September 5-18th. Treat your child to any Happy Meal for just $2.99 in the greater New Orleans area and you will find one of the following 4 books inside:
- “Pete the Cat’s Got Class” by James Dean
- “Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School” by Herman Parish
- “Just a School Project” by Mercer Mayer
- “If You Take a Mouse to School” by Laura Numeroff
I love that McDonald’s is adding efforts to promote early literacy to a long list of the company’s actions supporting children’s well-being. Did you know that between 2012 and 2016, McDonald’s has served over 78 million cuties and over 2 billion servings of fruit and low-fat dairy options like Go-GURT?
McDonald’s is also a proud supporter of Reading is Fundamental (RIF), the nation’s largest children’s literacy organization, which seeks to promote literacy by making it easier for children throughout the country to have access to interesting, captivating reading materials. By 2018, McDonald’s will have donated approximately 400,000 books from the Happy Meal Books promotions to RIF literacy efforts and programs across the country.
If you want to enjoy some quality time with your little one, grab a Happy Meal at one of the 90 McDonald’s locations in the greater New Orleans area and settle in with a good book! To help you on your way, one Experimental Mommy reader (living in Louisiana or Mississippi ONLY) will win a $50 McDonald’s gift card! Enter below: