(Image source: Ronald McDonald House Charities)

 

 

BY ELIZABETH HAGEDORN

 

 

Kids, McDonald’s is adding something new to your Happy Meal, and it’s not more fries. Parents, next time you pull up to that drive through window, you might be hearing, “Do you want a book with that?”

 

For two weeks beginning Nov. 1, McDonald’s will distribute four nutrition–themed original books for children.


The company’s vice-president of marketing told Ad Age: “We think that this is a fun and engaging way to give a nutritional message to kids … This is really the first step in a larger book strategy, and our intent is to continue over several years.” 

 

Perhaps this shouldn’t come as a big surprise. The company has been trying to shed its junk food image for several years now. (Via CBS


Making changes to its Happy Meal menu, like adding apple slices, downsizing the fries and giving parents the option of switching out soda for milk. (Via The New York Times

 

Even if the kids are willing to trade in their action figure for a book, the question remains: Will the critics start lovin’ it?

 

Corporate watchdog group Corporate Accountability International told ABC the campaign is little more than “a thinly-veiled promotion designed to get the brand in front of more kids and earn goodwill.”

 

Now, this isn’t a first for the fast food chain. In 2009, it included American Girl storybooks in Happy Meals and in 1988 it gave out Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit. (Via YouTube / chunkymonkey2020, YouTube / audiobooksfree

 

McDonald’s also plans to release a series of interactive e-books through its McPlay Happy Meal app.


The November promotion coincides with National Family Literacy Day. McDonald’s will also be giving 100,000 of its books to the nonprofit group Reading is Fundamental. 

McDonald's Swapping Out Toys For Books in Happy Meals

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Oct 12, 2013

McDonald's Swapping Out Toys For Books in Happy Meals

(Image source: Ronald McDonald House Charities)

 

 

BY ELIZABETH HAGEDORN

 

 

Kids, McDonald’s is adding something new to your Happy Meal, and it’s not more fries. Parents, next time you pull up to that drive through window, you might be hearing, “Do you want a book with that?”

 

For two weeks beginning Nov. 1, McDonald’s will distribute four nutrition–themed original books for children.


The company’s vice-president of marketing told Ad Age: “We think that this is a fun and engaging way to give a nutritional message to kids … This is really the first step in a larger book strategy, and our intent is to continue over several years.” 

 

Perhaps this shouldn’t come as a big surprise. The company has been trying to shed its junk food image for several years now. (Via CBS


Making changes to its Happy Meal menu, like adding apple slices, downsizing the fries and giving parents the option of switching out soda for milk. (Via The New York Times

 

Even if the kids are willing to trade in their action figure for a book, the question remains: Will the critics start lovin’ it?

 

Corporate watchdog group Corporate Accountability International told ABC the campaign is little more than “a thinly-veiled promotion designed to get the brand in front of more kids and earn goodwill.”

 

Now, this isn’t a first for the fast food chain. In 2009, it included American Girl storybooks in Happy Meals and in 1988 it gave out Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit. (Via YouTube / chunkymonkey2020, YouTube / audiobooksfree

 

McDonald’s also plans to release a series of interactive e-books through its McPlay Happy Meal app.


The November promotion coincides with National Family Literacy Day. McDonald’s will also be giving 100,000 of its books to the nonprofit group Reading is Fundamental. 

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