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The consumption of fast food has been under attack for some time now, but now some people are aggravated that the venerable Reading is Fundamental (RIF) program has partnered with McDonald’s to distribute books to children through purchase of Happy Meals during the month of November. (November is National Family Literacy Month.) Not only will print books be available through Happy Meals, but a series of ebooks will be available through the McDonald’s McPlay app. How can this be wrong, especially with such books as:

  • “The Goat Who Ate Everything” – Tells a story of a goat who has a big appetite and struggles to eat right. But when he does, he feels great and becomes the playful ‘kid’ everyone loves.
  • “Deana’s Big Dreams” – Shares how Deana, the world’s smallest dinosaur, grew tall by eating right.
  • “Ant, Can’t” – Features Ant, a bite-sized bodybuilder who’s big on encouraging physical fitness through exercise and eating right.
  • “Doddi the Dodo Goes to Orlando” – Follows happy-go-lucky bird Doddi who travels the world. She eats right because this dodo is always on the go-go.

We’ll discuss Can Happy Meals Make Happy Readers in this week’s MediaMonday in #litchat at 4 p.m. EST. Source  media from Digital Book World, November 1, 2013: Free Children’s Books With Those Fries: Are Digital Books the Literary Equivalent of Junk Food? by Beth Bacon. Follow #litchat on Twitter, or login to our direct feed at

Red Sky in MorningLater This Week in #LitChat

Part 1 of our #Nanowrimo Writing Basics series

Guest Host Friday:
Paul Lynch, author of Red Sky in Morning