By: Author Shawn Gardner
Illustration By: Gregory Johnson

The M&P Pals consist of six young boys, whose names are, Respectful Robby, Loyal Lonnie, Honorable Harry, Integrity Ike, Honest Henry, and Responsible Ricky. Their track coach’s name is Success. He is a positive role model that is training them for a track meet against their opponents. Their names are Lazy Levi, Unreliable Reese, Angry Andre, Dishonest Dave, and Rude Roy. The track meet shows examples of positive character building. It will open a line of communication with parents and their children on the importance of setting high morals and principles.


The book is filled with colorful illustrations and a positive message for children. The M&P Pals will help children understand that’s it’s important to have morals and principles if they want to be successful in life.



Our curriculum unit is designed to teach the concepts of Morality and Principles using children and adolescent literature. It is intended to build the confidence of young children to be aware of consequences of choices in their lives and to be able to make productive decisions in their lives. Children will read The Morals and Principle Pals In The Track Meet. Using the characters in the book, children will identify character traits that build success in life. The culminating project will be to create a presentation to show others how to utilize the life skills learned in the unit.

The focus of the unit is for children in elementary or middle school. It is appropriate for schools, after school programs, and summer programs. Contact M&P Pals Enterprise by e-mail about curriculum unit

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hawn Gardner  author, activist, and entrepreneur has sponsored book drives, back-to-school drives  and is the creator of a mentoring program designed and dedicated to assisting troubled youth. He is an accomplished author/publisher of two books.

Gregory Johnson is an avid reader of self-help books and loves to write books that help tap into the potential of the reader. He is a  self-taught artist and illustrator of The Morals and Principle Pals. He is an author of many poems and personal novels.



Note from the Author:

As an avid mentor, I wrote The Morals and Principle Pals In The Track Meet to enlighten children on the meaning of morals and principles.

In several different mentoring sessions, and through reading posts on social media, I noticed a trend in the lack of respect some of our children demonstrated. I hope that The Morals and Principle Pals book and curriculum unit will help our children, who are our leaders in the future, to learn through fun and excitement, the true morals and principles that may guide them to successful and happy lives. 


Special Thanks to Dr. Catherine M. Gardner  Professor of Education at Mercer University’s  Tift College of Education for her contribution. -ASG


Note from Illustrator Gregory Johnson:

Understanding that there is a difference between having good morals and good principles versus bad morals and bad principles I was inspired to help create The Morals and Principle Pals to try and reach the youth and get them to understand that they look toward adults for guidance, but sometimes we fail them. Therefore, we must invest more time in our young people because they are our future.

Taking something extremely valuable and complex  and turning it into a fun experience, to benefit youth and help them be successful in life, and to cultivate true core values supported by good morals and principles is my goal.