Dusted Off and Ready

A Book About Making Life Great

Dusted Off and Ready helps to support middle schoolers in living happy, confident and caring lives. Designed to open up their thinking regarding community, kindness, and acceptance of themselves and others, kids are able to look at life from many different angles, gaining new and positive perspectives.

Dusted Off and Ready Book

Middle schoolers and up relate to the combination of honesty and humor in a way that allows for big life messages to become approachable topics. They are able to learn the importance of reaching out to others, as well as the importance of working through their own feelings, judgements or attitudes.

Studies show that kindness and understanding lead to a stronger sense of well-being and the potential for better success in life. Explore how Dusted Off and Ready can aid you in your commitment to supporting middle schoolers in this way.

Classroom Resources

Copyrighted materials
Printing limited to individual and classroom use

Dusted Off and Ready - Part 1
Dusted Off and Ready - Part 2
Dusted Off and Ready - Part 3

Student Worksheets
(all three in one packet)
(print double-sided)

Dusted Off and Ready - Student Worksheets

Run a program
in your classroom or simply enjoy using these free and wonderful resources

Six-week Kindness Challenge

Dusted Off and Ready - Six Week Challenge

Six-week challenge
incentives and ideas

Dusted Off and Ready - Six Week Challenge, Incentives and Ideas

Six-week challenge personal journal
(print landscape)

Dusted Off and Ready - Six Week Challenge, Personal Journal

Six-week challenge
classroom chart

Dusted Off and Ready - Six Week Challenge, Classroom Chart


Opening Minds

“This is really amazing. I like the mix of teaching, story, and humor. It made me stop and think about my life.”
– Neva, age 12

“This book is good for kids because it gives them ideas of why something happened. Some of the things you suggested I had never even heard of! Now I have a new perspective on why certain things (may have) happened.”
– 6th grade student

“I liked how you mixed all the hard thinking stuff with the fun humorous parts.”
– 6th grade student

“I think this book sends a good message to kids my age.”
– Andi, age 13

“I couldn’t believe what I was reading. You expanded the whole world around me at 83 years old!”
– Mary, age 83

Building a Foundation

“I really liked your book. It gives a lot of advice and will help kids accept others even if they are different.”
– 6th grade student

“This book is good for kids because it tells us how to keep cool when we are wrong.”
– 6th grade student

“A lot of parts in this book teach kids things that will help them later on in middle school, high school, and college.”
– 6th grade student


“I think this book is good because it will change kids and make them happier.”
– 6th grade student

“I liked the part when you talked about how to love and become someone’s friend when they are hurting.”
– 6th grade student

“This was a very relatable and inspirational book!”
– Alaina, age 12

“I think this book is the answer to world peace!”
– 6th grade student

Purchase the book: amazon.com for $6.99
Contact the author: dustedoffandready@gmail.com