Keep your Character Strong
Books to help build strong character
Ed’s Journal© is an engaging comic strip of characters that experience real world dilemmas designed to induce moral reasoning and strong character building skills.
Take a results-driven Interactive Art Director, Graphic Designer, and Illustrator who has a lot of positive eccentricities, and what do you get? The limitless ingenuity of Jordan Crowl.
While raising two boys and one girl, Jordan found the importance of good character along the way. Throughout those years, Jordan let his creative juices flow and honed his skills as an illustrator while serving as Art Director for many Metropolitan Atlanta Companies. Jordan originally pitched the story as a kids’ television show in 2005 to PBS. The story originally was called “Adventures of Character Ed”.
Although the show did not make it to the air, Jordan never gave up on the idea of Ed and through persistence and the support of his wife Jennifer, he published “Dependability,” the first book in the “Ed’s Journal” series. Building strong character in children and helping them understand how to handle certain life situations is what the series and its author are all about.
About Ed's Journal
Each journal has important values embedded in them. There are a wide variety of activities that teachers and parents can utilize to help children comprehend and get involved in the story’s real-life dilemmas. A few examples are role-playing, open-ended questions, identifying with the characters' feelings, group discussions, expanding on the story, and written different paths Ed could choose. Each example gives parents and teachers the tools to promote good character in children.
Each story is told with three alternate paths, one right and two wrong, helping children learn what can happen if they choose the incorrect path. Each Character has an identity that all children can identify with, giving the child the ability to connect with any of the characters- creating an environment in which the characters can help with reasoning, problem solving and building a stronger character.