Summer Reading Giveaway

Posted on Jun 16 2014 - 12:01am by Susan Bewley

In this fast-paced and sometimes overwhelming world, it’s important to teach our children that even the smallest gestures can make the greatest impact. That’s what author Debbie Dunlap, Ed. D truly believes. As an educator for over thirty years, she has passionately taught children to care for others, to be kind, and inclusive. We’ve all heard the horrible stories of childhood bullying that seem to be more apparent than ever. What if you could give your child the tools early on to prevent bullying and soften their hearts to others? Well, with Dunlap & Dunlap Publishing books, written by Debbie herself, you can. She’s written two books to impact the lives of children and encourage them to make a difference and care for others.

What On Earth Can I DO

What on earth can I do?” touches on the subject of bullying. Based on the kindness of Debbie’s granddaughter, Mackenzie, the book includes the “Mackenzie Pledge”. The “Pledge” is a page at the end of the book that children can sign, personally pledging to stop bullying. This 8 1/2″ X 8 1/2″ book contains 24 pages, beautifully illustrated by Laura Agulto.

Jake's Journ

Jake’s Journey” is the story of Carly and her beloved bulldog, Jake. As Carly runs to catch the bus, Jake is determined to follow her to school. As Jake pushes open the gate, he begins an exciting adventure and meets some very special people along the way. This delightful story will encourage children to cherish their community and care for others. The 8 1/2″ X 8 1/2″ paperback book is illustrated with wonderful clay characters by Monica Delgado and Lara Agulto and contains 44 pages.

Buy it: You can purchase both of these books on the Dunlap & Dunlap Publishing website. They are currently $10 each.

Debbie Dunlap wants to give one lucky person a copy of “What on earth can I Do?” and “Jake’s Journey”, PLUS a $150 Visa Gift Card so they can start their summer off right! Just enter using the Giveaway Tools form below.

Open to the US only, ages 18 and up. Ends 6/30/14 at 11:59 PM EDT.

Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for hosting this giveaway. Viva Veltoro, Thrifty Nifty Mommy, and the participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please contact vivaveltoro(at) with questions about this giveaway.


Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

20 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Shannon June 16, 2014 at 3:39 am -

    I love that these books teach compassion and kindness. There is too little of this today.

  2. Lisa Schweizer June 16, 2014 at 3:43 am -

    I learned that we must teach our children to be upstanders and not bystanders. My son is a freshman high school and his motto is “be a buddy, not a bully”. We have taught him since he was young to stand up to bullying, my son has encountered a few instances, but learned to handle it on his own and not let anyone push him around, so proud of him!

  3. anita June 16, 2014 at 7:14 am -

    I learned about bullies and how to deal with it if my child was bullied.

  4. Maureen June 16, 2014 at 9:07 am -

    The author started her career as a reading teacher. She very heartily believes in reading to children.

  5. Cheryl Jacobo June 16, 2014 at 11:41 am -

    would love to win these books!

  6. Jessica Menster June 16, 2014 at 3:59 pm -

    I learned that she started her career as a reading teacher and now continues to enrich the lives of children through her publishing!

  7. Lynn C. June 16, 2014 at 9:58 pm -

    I learned we must teach children to be upstanders, not bystanders. Couldn’t agree more! My life was torn by bullying, and no child should have to suffer that.

  8. Dawn Monzu June 17, 2014 at 3:50 pm -

    I absolutely LOVE that she touches on the subject of bullying. I was bullied when I was young and in school. Thank God it wasn’t anything horrible (like now a days), but it still hurts. I hope this books (and others like it) reach people and make a huge difference. Children shouldn’t have to worry about things like that, they should be thinking about when their tea party is starting, or who is playing freeze tag!

  9. barbara Adams June 18, 2014 at 2:36 pm -

    The Mackenzie pledge is an organized concerted effort to confront a growing issue in schools and playgrounds

  10. leslie roberts June 18, 2014 at 8:15 pm -

    I like the books about bullying, they offer alot of insight

  11. Emily June 18, 2014 at 9:48 pm -

    I learned that these books emphasize socially relevant moral lessons through likable characters.

  12. sonny June 19, 2014 at 1:17 pm -

    i hope i win

  13. Diana Smith Hill June 21, 2014 at 10:24 pm -

    She trains and certifies teachers in Texas!

  14. Wendy Hamilton June 24, 2014 at 7:23 pm -

    Married for 37 years

  15. angie June 24, 2014 at 7:54 pm -

    love the anti bullying book

  16. Julie Keyworth June 24, 2014 at 8:29 pm -

    I learned that one of the books is about bullying and how our kids will learn to be “upstanders” not “bystanders”. Definitely something I want my kids to read and learn about.

  17. Maren June 25, 2014 at 1:47 am -

    Being bullied can hinder kids’ability to learn.

  18. Cheryl Abdelnour June 28, 2014 at 11:55 pm -

    I learned about the “Mackenzie Pledge — there is a page at the end of
    the book that children sign, pledging to stop bullying.

  19. Aimee Webber June 29, 2014 at 8:18 pm -

    I learned that there is a lot more bullying going on among children these days than I realized and there needs to be something done about it !

  20. tamra gibson June 30, 2014 at 9:20 pm -

    I was unaware that she first was a teacher for ten years and I also learned that apparently bullying is much worse than I thought and that her book would be a great present to my grandchildren