McDonald’s Happy Meals Books & Family Reading Pack Giveaway (5 winners!) (Ended)

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McDonalds Books

I have an addiction. I LOVE McDonald’s McCafé specialty coffee drinks – or more specifically, I love their mochas. Or as my husband calls them, “brownies in a cup.” Fresh ground espresso, chocolate syrup, steamed milk, topped with whipped cream and chocolate drizzle – what’s not to love? Admittedly a mocha isn’t the healthiest drink I could choose at McDonald’s, but I love them the way I love the occasional chocolate cupcake. I have a thing for chocolate. McDonald’s mochas are a special treat for me. When I went back to college as a “non-traditional student” (a mom of three who was working a full-time job) and made the President’s List, I treated myself to a mocha. When I got my first check from a publisher for a story I’d written – a story someone was willing to pay me real money for! – I deposited the check pretty quickly (after taking a picture of it for posterity), but kept a little cash to go through the drive-thru for a mocha on my way home. When I’m having a rough day, my husband knows that a little chocolate-caffeine fix from McDonald’s will improve my mood (smart man, that one).

But that’s not what I’m here to talk about.

I’m here to talk about books! Happy Meal books, to be exact.

Through November 14th, McDonald’s is offering limited-edition books in lieu of toys in their Happy Meals! As part of their launch they’ve also joined forces with Reading is Fundamental (RIF) to provide an additional 100,000 Happy Meal books (on top of the 20 million that will be distributed in the Happy Meals) to children who may not have easy access to book. Furthermore, McDonald’s has partnered with DK Publishing to provide  a different interactive e-book on their McPlay app every month through the end of 2014! The first digital book, “The World’s Greatest Cities,” introduces DK Publishing’s Amazing World Series. The Happy Meal Books, as well as the DK Publishing e-books, are available for download at

“We’re excited to invite families to spend time together and celebrate the joy of reading through these fun and original Happy Meal Books,” said Ubong Ituen, vice president of marketing for McDonald’s USA.  “This is the latest step in our ongoing efforts to enrich the lives of families, and part of a broader book strategy that will combine the fun of the Happy Meal, new partners and technology to inspire more family reading time.”

To read the full article, visit McDonald’s Newsroom.

McDonald’s was kind enough to send me a complimentary Family Reading Pack, including a copy of each of the four books, to review and share with my children. With their whimsical illustrations and imaginative storylines, my kids were hooked!

The first one we read was “The Goat Who Ate Everything” – my kids were instantly drawn to the creative cover, which has a chunk bitten out of the corner, proving the point that this goat will eat anything and everything! But the poor goat discovers that eating everything leads to tummyaches, while eating right leaves him feeling great!



“Ant, Can’t” tells the story of Alexi Ant, who encourages physical fitness and leads the effort to save the anthill from a construction crew.




Next up was “Doddi the Dodo Goes to Orlando” – but Doddi’s journey is very roundabout (she travels from Toledo to Orlando via northern Canada, Spain, Cairo, Moscow, and many other locales). Her various stops along the way open the door to conversations with your kids about a lot of different places in the world.



My personal favorite of the four books was “Deana’s Big Dreams” – the story of a tiny dinosaur who eventually grows so big she outgrows the book!


Each book also comes with this cute little bookmark, encouraging kids to think about other books they love.



Not one, but FIVE lucky readers are going to win Family Reading Packs courtesy of McDonald’s! In addition to the four books, each winner will receive a McDonald’s blanket (seen in the background of the book pictures), a reading light, and an Arch card. Enter for your chance to win using the Giveaway Tools widget below – and don’t forget to come back every day to claim your daily entries!

This giveaway is open to US only, 18+ and ends on November 14.

DISCLAIMER: I am a member of the Family Arches Community and received one or more of the items mentioned herein free for review purposes; nonetheless, all opinions expressed are my own except where noted otherwise. I am not responsible for prize fulfillment; McDonald’s is responsible for shipping the prizes to the winner’s valid address (no PO Boxes). Your information will not be sold or shared; it is used by the blog owner only and solely for verification/prize fulfillment. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides, Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

67 thoughts on “McDonald’s Happy Meals Books & Family Reading Pack Giveaway (5 winners!) (Ended)

  1. I received my McDonald’s Reading Prize pack & my youngest nephew has already made off with it! Really nice! Thanks so much!

  2. I love Bible Stories and all Dr.Suess books. Thank you 🙂

  3. I love The Paper Bag Princess.

  4. Thomas the Train, Judy Moody, and Hunger Games

  5. Light in the Attic – Shel Silverstein…really almost anything by him

  6. My favorite is Love You Forever

  7. I’m going to have to go with Green Eggs and Ham.

  8. Hop on Pop is my kids favorite

  9. I love Amelia bedelia

  10. me i like all the dr susse books

  11. My all time favorite is The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss. My girls loved it when they were little and my 2 little ones now will hopefully like it too.

  12. Children Bible Stories is one we have worn out reading.

  13. i love you forever

  14. My favorite kids book is Guess how much I love you

  15. My all-time favorite children’s book is Curious George.

  16. I remember absolutely loving the book “Wacky Wednesday.” That was the funniest thing ever and now my kids enjoy it.

  17. Mine was Ann like Red

  18. My all time favorite children’s book is Love You Forever!

  19. The great honey hunt was my favorite

  20. where the sidewalk ends

  21. Ferdinand the bull!

  22. Wild Little Horse

  23. My all time favoritest children’s book ever is “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak. I have had it on my shelf for a long time.

  24. My favorite children’s book is amelia bedelia

  25. My favorite book as a child was “King of the Wind”

  26. My favorite is Charlotte’s Web.

  27. We have so many favorites!! Mine is Where The Red Fern Grows but to read to the children I really like When You Give A Moose A Muffin 🙂 Thank you for this awesome giveaway.. our 3 children would be super happy if we were chosen as one of the winners!

    Becky VanGinkel

  28. My favorite is Charlotte’s Web.

  29. Never Tease a Weasel 🙂

  30. My all time favorite is a book called “What’s Wrong, Ralph?” I still have my copy of it from when I was small. 🙂

  31. I love the giving tree.

  32. Where the wild things are is one of many favorites

  33. One of my most favorite books is Dinner Time by Jan Pienkowski

  34. Love Goodnight Moon.

  35. I love you forever

  36. Goodnight Moon is my favorite.

  37. corduroy books! I love that I can re-read all my favorites again with my son

  38. My all time favorite children’s book is “On The Night You Were Born”

  39. I loved the Wizard of Oz & Black Beauty when I was a child… my Grands fav is “Click-clack-Moo, Cows that type”! Great review, thanks for the chance!!!!

  40. Green Eggs and Ham

  41. I like Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day 🙂

  42. Green Eggs And Ham.

  43. My favorite is Stuart Little.

  44. I LOVE all the Little Critter books!

  45. What an impossible question to answer! I love Charlotte’s Web as well as so many other children’s books!

  46. My absolute favorite was the Spooky Old Tree. 🙂

  47. The Velveteen Rabbit.

  48. Caddie Woodlawn.

  49. I like James and the Giant peach

  50. Quick update: Due to excessive spam, I’ve switched over to the Disqus commenting form. But no worries – if you left a comment before the changeover, I still have a record of it, and that entry is still valid. Good luck, everyone! 🙂

  51. “Socks for Supper”

  52. I love “if you give a mouse a cookie”

  53. We like the pigeon books!

  54. Amelia Bedelia

  55. Where the Wild Things Are!

  56. “Deana’s Big Dreams”

  57. WE Love Dr Suess books 🙂

  58. Oh so hard to pick one! I would have to say The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

  59. My favorite childrens book is Roxa Boxen.

  60. My favorite children’s book is Cordouroy.

  61. Good Night Moon is one of my favorites!

  62. I would have to go with Stuart Little! I loved that book; still do, honestly!

  63. My favorite childrens book was goodnight moon. Classic.

  64. As kids we always had the collection of Shel Silverstein poems. My favorite was “Where The Sidewalk Ends. I was also a fan of the “Hank The Cowdog”. series of books.

  65. goodnight moon

  66. Oh wow … I had no idea they were doing books! Woo hoo! Excuse to go buy Happy Meals!!!

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