5 Reasons Books Make Great Gifts

Ever since I remember, books have been magic – “oh, the places you’ll go”. A memory from my early days has me wanting to read every book in the school library. Granted, we didn’t have a huge number of books, but it was still challenging. I don’t believe it happened, though.

Today I want to give you 5 reasons why books make great gifts.

I’m sure you’ve noticed there aren’t as many places to buy books. Many book stores have closed. You may want to grab them when they’re available. You can’t ever go wrong with books.

Here are my Top 5 Reasons Why Books Make Great Gifts:

  • You will never buy the wrong size when you choose a book.
  • You will never need batteries when using your print books.
  • You will never need to leave home to read books.
  • You can open books time and time again.
  • No matter how many times you use books, they will never be on empty.

So, with these rather “tongue-in-cheek” reasons, I’m sure you can come up with more logical ones. Thinking back on all the good times you’ve had reading, don’t you want some other boy or girl to have the same fun of reading you had?

With this busy buying week-end, this is a reminder to buy books. Books for kids. Books for grown-ups. They are always the perfect gift.

Happy book hunting. Don’t forget to look at our inventory of books and order today.

Best to you,

Lee Jackson
Author and lover of books
http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com

How to Promote Character Values

In order for kids to truly understand concepts related to character development, schools and other programs use various techniques. Activities and events are planned to get students thinking and practicing values such as respect, peace, caring, compassion and other character traits.

Most schools have programs that bring character values into their culture and climate. This may include a school-wide behavior plan, character trait awareness days, specific ways of handling bullying, and other practices to encourage positive choices.

Developing good character traits is a home/school/community/world project. Parents and teachers need to be good role models, just as students need to become role models for kids coming after them. There are many others who can inspire character awareness such as religious leaders, government officials, national figures, and others.

One way of providing an easy exchange of thoughts, feeling, and ideas about values and ethical issues with children is through storybook characters. In the book, Listening to the Mukies and Their Character Building Adventures, these multicultural characters teach children important character traits. They address topics of self-esteem, prejudice, mutual understanding and respect, rights and responsibilities in a society, and peaceful co-existence.

Listening to the Mukies is an easy-to-read book for children 8 - 12 that reinforces accepted character traits. You can use this link to buy a copy for your child or classroom today.

Books for Kids About Character Building

Here is a another book I want to share with you – although it is not a cookbook. Listening to the Mukies and Their Character Building Adventures, by Bob Bohlken is an insightful book for kids which received the Mom’s Choice Award from The Just for Mom Foundation. It is a story about the lives of Mukies living in the land of Mukies and how they overcome obstacles through patience, cooperation, and understanding.

In the story, The Happy but Unhappy Mukie there lived a Mukie farmer named Marvin. He and his wife and three children lived comfortably farming and harvesting melilot, the Mukies’ favorite food. One night a wondering Mukie, the Old One, came along and was invited to share a meal and spend the night.

The Old One told of far away places of gentle streams and rolling hills where everyone was truly happy all the time. It was a place of real contentment and happiness, free from cares and responsibilities. This got the farmer thinking that his life wasn’t as good as he thought it was. He now viewed himself as a poor, unfortunate person who had missed his opportunity for “true happiness”.

Throughout the trials of Marvin seeking true happiness, children can discuss how “grass always appears greener on the other side of the fence” and other influences. They can discuss what makes the greatest difference in a person’s happiness and even role play what might happen in Marvin’s home if he decides to leave and search for happiness. This might even lead to a discussion on the rights and responsibilities of family members in making a happy home.

This is but one of the eight short stories in the book, Listening to the Mukies and Their Character Building Adventures. Parents and teachers have told us it is a good way to begin an exchange of thoughts, feelings and ideas about values and other issues.

This book can be ordered from Snaptail Press or through Amazon.

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Cyber Monday Deal: Autographed Children’s Books

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All of our children’s books purchased between now and December 10 can be autographed upon request. Authors will be happy to sign their books. Children love to “get to know” the author. This includes the following books:

The Littlest Christmas Kitten
Cooking Around the Country With Kids: USA Regional Recipes and Fun Activities
Cooking Around the Calendar With Kids: Holiday and Seasonal Food and Fun
Listening to the Mukies and Their Character Building Adventures

See more info about them at http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com

Thinking Christmas!

Lee Jackson
Images Unlimited Books
Books for children, families and parenting professionals
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15 Ways To Help Others

This past week I’ve zeroed in on “self” and making a difference. Today I want to share with you 15 ways I believe we can help others, which will make a huge difference in the world.

Volunteer. Find out what opportunities are available in your community and help them out.
Smile. “Everyone smiles in the same language.” — Author Unknown
Show gratitude by being appreciative of what others do for you and let them know it.
Be a good sport, which means knowing and following the rules and playing fair.
Be a caring, respectful person who obeys the laws and rules.
Help people who need help – work to improve conditions for others.
Be honest, truthful and accountable.
Let others know you care about them.
Be optimistic in believing things will turn out well.
Be proud of your community and work to make it better.
Do positive things for others.
Show kindness by being gentle, helpful and friendly.
Be punctual, which is a way of showing respect for others.
Be reliable and trustworthy.
Accept others for who they are.

These are reminders of ways to brighten the world and make it a better place.

Lee Jackson, CFCS
Helping promote family well-being through knowledge and skills
Books for home and family living
http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com

Finding Happiness in Your Own Back Yard

I’ve been doing a series on making a difference, to spotlight Make a Difference Day on October 23.

Today I want to highlight another aspect of making a difference. This time I want to relate this to our search for happiness and how it makes a difference in our life and the lives of those we love.

People search for happiness in many places. Often times others, such as mass media, the internet, and those with whom we associate, influence us into thinking that possessions, places, or things will make us happy.

Questions here point to:

Do you think a place can provide happiness?
Do you trust all the people you listen to?
Where do you find happiness?

Taking a look at another story in Listening to the Mukies and Their Character Building Adventures we find that eventually the Mukie realizes happiness is working at what you like to do, having optimism and a faith in the future. It is sharing with others, and most of all, being loved and loving others. He realized he didn’t need to seek a place elsewhere – it was in his own backyard.

The author, Robert Bohlken, Ph.D.  relates lines adapted from The Man in the Mirror by Dale Wimbrow that include:

It is you alone who makes your choices
No matter what others may say or do
You may listen to other voices
But the voice of the reflected one in the mirror
is the most important to you.

This book has been highly recommended by parents, teachers, and counselors in bringing out important ways of making a difference in personal lives as well as those of others. It won the Mom’s Choice Award from The Just For Mom Foundation.

Order these books for your home or school at Amazon here or at our website here. They provide the basis for an easy exchange of thoughts, feelings and ideas about values and ethical issues.

These books help children share a vision for a better world.

Lee Jackson, CFCS
Helping promote family well-being through knowledge and skills.
Books for home and family living
http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com

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Make a Difference by Helping Children

In his circle of peers, one Mukie in the book, Mukies and Their Character Building Adventures, is a different color. He and his father were the only purple Mukies in the community of brown individuals.  Can you imagine the thoughts and feelings of the single young purple Mukie among a large peer group of brown Mukies?  Or of the large brown group and the single purple one?

This story examines racial bias before it becomes a prejudice. The purple colored Mukie’s identity is first one of curiosity, then distrust, and finally indifference.

Ignoring someone and demonstrating a non-caring attitude can be as hurtful as verbal abuse or name-calling. Self-esteem diminishes and the awareness that one has little or no influence upon others or the situations becomes painful.

The story points out the importance of caring associations – friends, family members, and other associates. A single event can change the mental perspective of those involved. However, often there are “fences to be mended” before mutual acceptance, respect, and friendships can develop.

These and other stories in the book, Mukies and Their Character Building Adventures, make a difference by helping children become more tolerant and understanding of differences in others. By being open-minded and truly listening to one another, issues such as racism, violence and aggression can be overcome. When people know how to talk to each other and work out their differences, they are more willing to cooperate and compromise.

Make a difference by helping children understand important character building skills. Building character is not done in a vacuum. In families and faith communities, adults have long taught children about character. Children watch and observe how others act and react. The traits they develop are linked to personal experiences, beliefs, upbringing, culture, laws, and many others. Being a good role model helps to develop positive character traits in children.

This book, Listening to the Mukies and Their Character Building Adventures, has been highly recommended by parents, teachers, and counselors in bringing out important ways of making a difference in personal lives as well as those of others. It won the Mom’s Choice Award from The Just For Mom Foundation.

Order these books for your home or school at Amazon here or at our website here. They provide the basis for an easy exchange of thoughts, feelings and ideas about values and ethical issues.

These books help children share a vision for a better world.

Lee Jackson, CFCS
Helping promote family well-being through knowledge and skills.
Books for home and family living
http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com

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Making a Difference in a Troubled World

Here are questions from one of the stories in the character skills book, Listening to the Mukies and Their Character Building Adventures:

Do you think one individual can make a difference and influence a community?

How can rumors create conflict?

What are alternatives to violence and war?

Why do you think the Mukies were able to live without conflicts?

One of the characters in the book expressed the beliefs and hopes of St. Francis of Assisi in his prayer:

My wish is that peace may begin with me.
Where there is hatred, may I create love.
Where there is discord, may I create unity.
Where there is doubt, may I have faith.
Where there is falsehood, may I find truth.
Where there is ignorance, may I find learning.
Where there is despair, may I create hope.
Where there is sadness, may I bring joy.
May I realize that it is not as important to be understood,
as it is to understand,
and to be loved, as it is to love.
May I realize that it is in giving that I receive,
and in pardoning that I am pardoned.

This is adapted from the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi.

For more of the insights from the Mukies and their character building adventures, go to Amazon here or to our website here.

This book has been highly recommended by parents, teachers, and counselors in bringing out important ways of making a difference in personal lives as well as those of others. Order these books at Amazon here or at our website here.

These books help children share a vision for a better world.

Lee Jackson, CFCS
Helping promote family well-being through knowledge and skills.
Books for home and family living
http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com

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Make A Difference Day is October 23

This will be a day of helping others and doing good deeds. Projects for helping people will be organized and recognition given for their work.

A special day for this is important but we know that doing good for others and making a difference is an ongoing effort.

The Mukies have been making a difference for many years. These children‘s fictional creatures in a character building book show kids how to live in peace and harmony with each other. They make a difference by the way they treat others.

Robert Bohlken, Ph.D., the author of the book, Listening to the Mukies and Their Character Building Adventures, is a communication specialist with a special interest in listening and how it impacts problem-solving. This book encourages adults and children to share thoughts, ideas and feelings and helps create mutual understanding.

In these lessons about relationships, the Mukies address topics such as prejudice, rights and responsibilities in a society, and peaceful co-existence. They reveal the value of sharing attitudes, ideas and feelings about important issues.

In families and communities, effective solutions to problems evolve through the problem-solving process. However, often personal characteristics influence the process, such as perceived power, prestige, intelligence, gender, and/or physical appearance. Through careful listening and open communication, mutual respect can be achieved.

This book has been highly recommended by parents and counselors in bringing out important ways of making a difference in personal lives as well as those of others. The books can be ordered through Amazon here or at our website here.

These books help children share a vision for a better world.

Lee Jackson, CFCS
Helping promote family well-being through knowledge and skills.
Books for home and family living
http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com

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