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What do Happy Meals and state Lt. Gov. Garcia have in commmon? (hint: a bookish project))

Published: October 31, 2013, 1:08 pm, by Carol McGraw

McDonald’s  and the state of Colorado are offering up some food for thought  in the coming weeks.
Starting Friday (November 1) which is National Literacy Day, the company will be giving away 20 million books to Happy Meal customers.
They will also be giving  families free access  to reading a digital book each month through 2014.  The  books can be obtained on the Happy Meal McPlay app, the company announced.
Reading is Fundamental (RIF.org)  will distribute 100,000 of the Happy Meal Books to children who do not have easy access to books.
One Book 4 Colorado, a program organized by  Colorado Lt. Governor Joe Garcia, is asking everyone to go to onebook4colorado.org  and vote for a book  that every 4-year-old will be receiving and reading next spring. ( The giveaway will be through local libraries and other sites.
“Learning to read has the power to transform a child’s life and help ensure future success in school,” said  Garcia in a press release.  “Through partnerships with McDonald’s and others, we’re making sure that kids and families get the help they need from One Book 4 Colorado and other early literacy programs.”
Local McDonald’s owner  Jim Boselli,  said, “We’re excited to invite families to spend time together and celebrate the joy of reading through these fun and original Happy Meal Books. This is the latest step in our ongoing efforts to enrich the lives of families, and inspire more family reading time.”
Besides the “Goat Who Ate Everything,” the other books include “Deana’s Big Dreams,” “Ant Can’t” and “Doddi the Dodo Goes to Orlando.”