Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 14, 2021

Book Giveaway: THE NIGHT BAAFORE EASTER by Dawn Young

Dawn Young has written a new picture book, THE NIGHT BAAFORE EASTER, illustrated by Pablo Pino and published by WorthyKids. It is available for pre-order and is coming out on January 26th. They have agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner.

All you have to do to get in the running is leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know other things you do to share the good news, so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. So, thanks for helping Dawn and Pablo.

If you have signed up to follow my blog and it is delivered to you everyday, please let me know when you leave a comment and I will give you an extra ticket. Thanks!


Count the sheep — and the laughs — in this hilarious follow-up to picture book The Night Baafore Christmas. With sheep misbehaving all over the house, will Bo get to sleep before the Easter Bunny comes?

In this humorous tale of an Easter Eve gone wrong, Bo just wants to fall asleep so Easter Day — and the Easter Bunny — will come faster. But when he tries counting sheep, the sheep get bored and scatter, and chaos ensues: “Sheep 5 juggles eggs, tossing ten in the air. He misses. They crash and get crushed in Bo’s hair.” Children can count along with Bo as he finds the 10 mischievous sheep misbehaving throughout the house. With a house full of sheep and a mess to clean, will Bo get to sleep before the Easter Bunny comes?

Find out in this hilarious story of a night before Easter gone wrong. With exuberant verse and comical illustrations, this book will have children begging for repeat readings.



In 2017, I read a post by the wonderful Kathy Temean informing us that WorthyKids Publishing was seeking holiday stories. I submitted The Night Baafore Christmas, and in Oct 2019, it was published. Thank you, Kathy!

After The Night Baafore Christmas was released, my editor asked my agent if I had written any other Night Baafore stories, and in particular, if I had an Easter one. At time, I had a Halloween version and a birthday version but no Easter story, so of course, I got right to work on The Night Baafore Easter.  

In the beginning, I struggled a bit. Christmas gave me so much material to work with – a tree, ribbons, bows, cookies, milk, wreaths, presents, caroling, and more, but Easter seemed somewhat limited. Since the story takes place on Easter Eve, the Easter bunny hasn’t arrived yet, so with no candy in the baskets and no eggs to find, I felt even more limited. However, since I knew that Bo wanted to get to sleep so the bunny would come and hide eggs, I had somewhere to start.

Then, I thought about all things related to eggs, and I remembered that when my kids were young their elementary school had an egg to chick club and the students loved it. That gave me an idea. I went into the school and talked to the teacher who ran the club. I learned about how the process worked and, soon the egg to chick idea found its way into the story. I researched Easter traditions and things began coming together. I added Easter bonnet selfies, egg dying, hippity-hopping and before long, I had an Easter draft written. Egg dying gave me the opportunity to add colors to the story, so readers could practice color recognition as well as (sheep) number identification. After I got some feedback from my wonderful critique group, I made some more edits, and then sent The Night Baafore Easter to my agent.

My agent sent the story to my editor, and she loved it. I had a few minor changes to make, and then the story was ready.  Pablo agreed to do the illustrations and, once again, he did an incredible job. The Night Baafore Easter couldn’t have been in better hands!

And some exciting news to share…The Night Baafore the First Day of School comes out June 2021.


Dawn graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and later with an MBA.  For years, Dawn worked as an engineer and, later, as a manager at a large aerospace company, until her creative side called her to pursue her dream of writing children’s books. After reading and writing hundreds of corporate documents, none of which were titled The Little Engineer Who Could or Don’t Let the Pigeon Fly the Airbus, Dawn is thrilled to now be reading and writing picture books instead.

Dawn is also a math enthusiast. When she’s not busy writing and reading, she can be found doing math problems, sometimes just because… In high school, Dawn’s dream was to have a math equation named after her, but now, she believes having her name on the cover of books is a million times better! Dawn lives with her husband, three children and golden retriever in sunny Arizona. Dawn is an active member of SCBWI and many other children’s writing groups.


Pablo Pino was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He grew up watching cartoons, playing football and drawing a lot. These days, he doesn´t watch as much TV and only plays football once a week, but still has the joy of painting every day. Why? Because, for the last 10 years, he‘s been working as a professional illustrator for different print media.

What he enjoys the most is illustrating books for children and teenagers. Besides the 40 published books Pablo’s illustrated, among novels and tales he also does characters designs, board games and collaborate on designs for schoolbooks and magazines with various worldwide publishing companies. Pablo is self-taught and his illustrations are mostly computer drawn, but he always adds textures that he makes with pencils, crayons, acrylics and pretty much any material that lets him get messy like when he was a child.

Dawn, thank you for sharing your book and journey with us. This is such a great addition to this “Night Baafore” series. I am sure kids will laugh out-loud while counting along with Bo as he finds the 10 mischievous sheep misbehaving. Pablo’s illustrations add to the fun. Good luck with the book.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Congratulations Dawn! We enjoyed the first one and we are looking forward to reading the next two.


  2. AAB – solutely LOVE this series and thank the author and illustrator for bringing it to life! Wishing you all the BAAest! Lynne Marie. Kathy – I am a subscriber.


  3. Rhyme master Dawn is at it again with another hilarious scenario -congrats on another winner! xoxo


  4. Looks like a fun, silly book. Thanks.


  5. I have loved Bo and his sheep since THE NIGHT BAAFORE CHRISTMAS! I can’t wait to see what he has in store for Easter! Congrats, Dawn!


  6. This looks like such a fun book and I love the artwork – congrats!!


  7. Sounds adorable! Looking forward to reading this, Dawn. (I’m signed up for the emails as well.)


  8. As a writer who loves working with The Night Before premise (The Night Before Easter), I applaud your fresh take!


  9. This looks great! So funny and cute. Congratulations!

    I will tweet this, Kathy. I follow by email. 🙂


  10. Congrats, Dawn! Your series is going to be as beloved as those sheep in a jeep. Love your rhyme and pesky, but sweet, sheep.


  11. I must read this book! This will make excellent mentor text for the style of books I both enjoy reading and writing. I shared on Facebook, Pinterest, tumblr, and Twitter for extra chances:


  12. So fun!


  13. This looks so funny Dawn! Thank you for putting these hysterical picture books out into the world. I look forward to reading this one and The Night Baafore the First Day of School!

    Tweeting this now!


  14. Congratulations Dawn and Pablo!! I know this book is going to skip, jump, and hoppity hop into everyones’ hearts!!


  15. This looks so super cute!!


  16. What a cute idea for a book. Thanks for telling me about it. I receive your blog posts by email every day.


  17. DAWN!!! I am so thrilled about your continued success. You deserve it and all the good things in the world. Sending you many hugs. T


  18. How fun 🙂
    Congratulations, Dawn!


  19. Soooooo fun❤️


  20. Looking forward to reading this book. It looks delightful!


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