Give a Book, Get a Book (Plus McDonald’s Happy Meal Giveaway!)

We’re big on books around here. Book was my oldest’s first word. Bookshelves fill our home — overflowing with books, books, and more books for all ages.

In fact, we still have board books and easy readers, though my youngest has long since moved onto chapter books. It’s definitely time to sort through the bookshelves and pass on those too-young picture books to someone who needs them.

That’s why I was so thrilled to see the newest promotion from McDonald’s of Central Indiana. Right now, when you visit participating locations and community dropoffs around Indianapolis, you can trade in your old children’s books for McDonald’s Happy Meal coupons — and a new book of your own courtesy of the fun picture books replacing toys nationwide.

The Happy Meal titles all focus on promoting a healthy, active lifestyle which goes hand in hand with McDonald’s efforts to provide healthier options for their littlest guests. Happy Meals now include apples, half the fries, and are eliminating soda as an option for kids. Next year, McDonald’s will also be offering vegetables as a side item choice for Happy Meals!

I’m excited to have a somewhat healthier option when we’re out and about. While we often try to avoid fast food, sometimes we run into a time crunch, start heading home later than expected or simply want to have a special “treat” as part of a family fun outing. This week, we hope to check out one of the McDonald’s Happy Meal Days in the Indianapolis area.

There will be fun activities for kids and Happy Meal books plus a dropoff site for Give a Book, Get a Book. Donated books will be given to Ronald McDonald House, Indy Reads, and other literacy organizations in the Indianapolis area. Remaining Happy Meal Days will be at Attica Public Library on November 13th 11am-6:30pm and Hamilton East Public Library (Fishers) on November 13th and 14th 10:30-11:30am.

In addition, you can drop books off — and receive your free Happy Meal coupon — at the following locations through November 14th:

  • Hussey-Mayfield Public Library (Zionsville)
  • Attica Public Library
  • Elwood Public Library
  • Barton Reese Pogue Memorial Library (Brownstown)
  • Anderson Public LIbrary
  • Indy Reads (2450 N Meridian St)
  • Ronald McDonald House

Want to add McDonald’s Happy Meals and some new books to your family fun plans? I’m giving away a prize pack right here! Simply leave a comment here, and tell us how you work books into family time. You can earn additional entries by:

  • Subscribing to our site by RSS
  • Following @JustHeather and @MyIndyMcDonalds on Twitter
  • Life Family Fun in the City on Facebook
  • Instagram a photo of your book donation with #McIndyMoms
  • Share this giveaway on social media, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc: (Sample tweet: Books in Happy Meals – yay! I hope to win a @MyIndyMcDonalds prize pack from @JustHeather to celebrate: #McIndyMoms)

For your extra entries to be counted, be sure to leave an additional comment directing us to your entry. Only one additional entry per method (i.e. While multiple tweets are appreciated it, only one will count as a drawing entry.) The contest runs until 11/14 at 11:59pm est. One winner will be notified by email on 11/15 and receive a McDonald’s prize pack, including a week of Happy Meal coupons (good at participating central Indiana locations) and a $10 Amazon gift card. Winner will have 12 hours to complete the claim form or a new winner will be chosen.

I was provided with a gift pack of my own by McDonald’s of Central Indiana in partnership with Indy with Kids to facilitate this post, but all opinions are 100% mine.