Happy Meals To Promote The Importance Of Reading – McIndyMom’s Give-A-Way

As I scrolled through social media pages and blog posts over the weekend, I started to see the familiar “thankful” posts that are published each November. I always enjoy these.  I have never actually written a “thankful” post on my blog or social media pages, but they do make me reflect on all the things I am thankful for in my life.

My health, family, friends, faith, and my job are among the few obvious things I initially thought of, but as I reflected more, I know that I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am now without the solid foundation of skills and values that my parents instilled in me at a young age.

One of the most important of those being reading. Growing up, I can remember learning my ABC’s, my parents helping teach me to read with books like, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” (anyone remember that one?), and taking trips to my local Library with my Aunt Beth.

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At the time, I may not have realized how valuable those experiences were, but the very fact that I am able to sit here and share my experiences through words just shows how many things in my life, as well as yours, are affected by our ability to read and write. And looking back, I have really come to cherish those memories.

Last Friday, November 1, was National Family Literacy Day and in support of this cause, McDonald’s launched a National Happy Meal Books Program to invite families to celebrate the joy of reading. Through November 14, children who order McDonald’s Happy Meals will find one of four limited edition books featuring stories that bring nutrition, imagination, and play to life. Each book also comes with it’s very own bookmark that kids can personalize.


I think this is so neat! I mean, the toys we got in Happy Meals when I was younger were cool and all, but books are something interesting and practical that kids can keep instead of hiding them in between the car seat cushions, or leaving them on the floor for you to step on, when they get bored with them.

Have you seen these books in your kids’ Happy Meals yet?

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Along with these books being placed in Happy Meals nationwide, McDonald’s of Central Indiana is leading a “Give a Book, Get a Book” campaign! By donating a gently used children’s book, customers will receive a “Be Our Guest” card for a free Happy Meal to say thank you for helping to share the gift of reading with others in the Indy community.

Book donation sites will be set up around the area at the Ronald McDonald House, local libraries, and Indy Reads from Nov 1 – 14. In addition, participating libraries are hosting a “Happy Meal Day” with activities for kids and McDonald’s Happy Meal Books. To find a full list of book donation sites and participating libraries, click here: http://www.indywithkids.com/2013/11/happy-meal-day-give-a-book-get-a-book-locations/

Now, I know not all of you are in the Indy area, but I hope everyone can help me promote this event! To help in promoting the “Give a Book, Get a Book” campaign, McDonald’s Happy Meal Books program, and National Family Literacy Day, I am hosting a give-a-way for anyone who shares this post on their social media pages!

By entering the contest, and sharing these events, one reader will win a week of happy meal coupons, a $10 Amazon gift card and a copy of a Happy Meal Book! (Everything will even be put together in a Happy Meal box!)

Here’s how to enter:

1. Share this blog on Facebook, Twitter and or Pinterest leave a comment below with the URL to your post. Be sure to use the hashtag #mcIndyMoms so we can see your posts as well!

For additional entries: (each of these need a blog comment with the URL as well)

2. Tweet About The Give-A-Way:

Help @Chelsea_PA @indywithkids & @MyIndyMcDonalds promote reading! #McIndyMoms http://bit.ly/McIndyMoms 

3.Like IndyWithKids on Facebook

4. Subscribe to Boilermakerag.com

5. Follow @MyIndyMcDonalds on Twitter

6. Follow @Chelsea_PA on Twitter

The give-a-way will be open until this Sunday, November 10 so be sure to share with all your friends this week! Thanks to Indy with Kids and McDonald’s of Central Indiana for providing the awesome prizes and promoting the importance of reading!
If you’d like to increase your chances of winning, check out some of my fellow bloggers who are hosting this give-a-way too!

What was your favorite book as a child?



We have a winner!!  Congratulations to Angie MCKie! You are the winner of the McIndyMom’s prize pack! Please email me at boilermakerag@gmail.com to claim your prize! Thanks to everyone who shared my posts and followed the social media pages! Stay tuned to BoilermakerAg.com for more blog posts and potential give-a-ways! 

Entries were put into a list randomizer via random.org and chosen from the results.
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Here is the full list of results:

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Posted on November 4, 2013, in Did You Know?, Events, Indy Adventures and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 52 Comments.

  1. I like IndyWithKids on facebook under Westin Alina Hahn


  2. I Follow @MyIndyMcDonalds on Twitter under alinarenee


  3. I Follow @Chelsea_PA on Twitter under alinarenee


  4. Hey! Sorry to have to leave a comment, but I couldn’t find your email address anywhere 🙂 I announced the winners of the Studio Movie Grill tix on my blog yesterday and I am still looking for one of my winners! You *might* want to come and check it out 🙂 🙂 – Ashley http://www.simplydesigning.net/2013/10/studio-movie-grill-movie-ticket-giveaway.html


  5. I like Indy with Kids on facebook under Kristen Leech Downey : https://www.facebook.com/indywithkids


  6. I tweeted from @jotterash 🙂


  7. I follow https://twitter.com/MyIndyMcDonalds under name Kris10Downey


  8. I follow Chelsea_PA https://twitter.com/Chelsea_PA under Kris10Downey


  9. I subscribed to Boilermakerag.com. 🙂
    I followed @MyIndyMcDonalds on Twitter.
    I followed @Chelsea_PA on Twitter.

    My favorite book when I was younger was Charlotte’s Web. I must have read it a hundred times over the years. I think I’ll pull it off the bookshelf tonight. 🙂


  10. Sarah Fitzgerald

    Following @myindymcdonalds on twitter


  11. Sarah Fitzgerald

    following @Chelsea_PA


  12. I liked Indywithkids on fb


  13. Already a FB Fan of Indy with Kids!
    RobertandDenise Wilson


  14. Email subscriber


  15. My favorite book as a young child was The Giving Tree. Now I love reading it to my babies:)


  16. I like Indywithkids under the name Jessica Garza.


  17. I follow Indy with kids on facebook Angela McKie


  18. Tweeted @lelu_lolly


  19. Following @ Chelsea_PA


  20. My favorite book was there was an old lady who swallowed a fly and anything by shel silverstein


  21. liked IndyWithKids on facebook


  22. Subscribed to Boilermakerag.com


  23. Happy Meals To Promote The Importance Of Reading – McIndyMom's Give-A-Way: http://t.co/tUPjVie9GU via @Chelsea_PA #mcIndyMoms— Christi Tucker (@mrsctucker) November 7, 2013


  24. I follow chelsea_pa and myindymcdonalds on twitter as Becca hauber. I follow indywithkids on Facebook as Becca hauber


  25. i dont know why my comments are not showing. sorry if duplicate. I followed Indywithkids FB name Diep Birch


  26. Followed @MyIndyMcDonalds on twitter under @DiepBirch


  27. Followed @chelsea_PA on twitter under @DiepBirch


  28. Subscribed to blog: https://boilermakerag.com/category/indy-adventures/?blogsub=confirming#blog_subscription-3

    Shared on twitter: https://twitter.com/swtcarolineindy/status/398651246954827778

    Followed @chelsea_PA on twitter

    I like IndyWithKids on Facebook under the name Caroline Pasko


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