It’s 10 o’clock. The kids have been in bed for over two hours. I have finally tidied up the kitchen, prepared lunches for the next day and completed a relaxing yoga session to unwind from the day. I’m exhausted and ready for bed. As I tip toe up stairs, I peek into each kid’s room to make sure they are safe in sound. I find my oldest son hiding under his blankets reading a novel! How could I be mad!
Reading is one of those skills that I instilled in my kids from birth. From bedtime stories to reading to cure boredom, book were always the way I entertained my kids. We loved cuddling up on the couch or bed and reading one of our favourite books. Our collection has grown from picture books to comic books and now is rounded off with novels. We have so many books that our bookshelves are overloaded but that doesn’t stop our craving for more!
McDonald’s Big Secret
McDonald’s is known for their positive relationship with children all across the world. Knowing the importance of reading, they have partnered with Kids Can Press to offer high-quality children’s literature as a choice in Happy Meals instead of a toy. The hopes of this campaign is to inspire kids everywhere to fall in love with reading by providing them with access to everyone’s favourite childhood characters. Every eight weeks, two new books will be available in restaurant, in both English and French for families to enjoy.
All Happy Meal books are written by Canadian authors, and include the following titles:
o Franklin the Turtle by Paulette Bourgeois
o Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt
o The Busy Beaver by Nicolas Oldland
o No Dragons For Tea by Jean E. Pendziwol
o Franklin’s Halloween by Paulette Bourgeois
o Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend by Melanie Watt
o Making the Moose Out of Life by Nicolas Oldland
o Once Upon a Dragon by Jean E. Pendziwol
o Scaredy Squirrel at Night by Melanie Watt
o Franklin’s Valentines by Paulette Bourgeois
o Big Bear Hug by Nicolas Oldland
o Franklin Plays the Game by Paulette Bourgeois
If that’s not enough, McDonald’s is taking this campaign one step further! McDonald’s wants to help improve accessibility to books for children- across Canada. On behalf of every Canadian who posts a photo of their bookshelf – a “shelfie “– on social media with the hashtag #OwnaBookGiveaBook, McDonald’s will donate a book to children in need (up to 20,000 books) through First Book Canada! In addition to that amazing program they will also be installing Little Free Libraries at Ronald McDonald Houses across the country, where Canadians can leave a book and take a new one in return!
Encourage the love of reading with every child you know! Visit your local McDonald’s, purchase a happy meal and receive an amazing Canadian book! Continue the joy at home by placing your new book on your bookshelf and taking a “Shelfie” to help a kids in need receive the gift of literature.
You can follow along the fun on McDonald’s Canada social channels:
o Instagram: @McDonaldsCanada
o Twitter: @McD_Canada
o Facebook: McDonald’s Canada