Posted by: Kathy Temean | June 10, 2021


Dawn Young has a new picture book THE NIGHT BAAFORE THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, illustrated by Pablo Pino and published by WorthyKids will hit bookstores on June 22nd and is available now for pre-ordered. Dawn has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner living in the United States.

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!


The sheep won’t let Bo sleep in this hilarious tale of what can go wrong when the sheep you count run amok the night before the first day of school.

Anxious for the first day of school, Bo just wants to fall asleep so he’ll be ready for the day. But when he tries counting sheep, the sheep get bored and scatter, and chaos ensues: “Sheep 5 snags a lunch bag and makes a strange creature. 6 swallows the apple Bo picked for his teacher. Sheep 7 grips scissors, and piece after piece, she snips and she clips, and she trims the flock’s fleece.” 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 enough sleep before his big day?

With 10 out-of-control sheep and the beleaguered Bo, this action-packed story will provide comic relief for anyone who might be a little nervous about the first day of school.



In 2017, I read a post by the wonderful Kathy Temean informing us that WorthyKids Publishing was seeking holiday stories, so 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 if I had other Night Baafore stories, specifically Easter and the first day of school. I did have others, but not The Night Baafore Easter or the first day of school, so I got right to work.

I wrote The Night Baafore Easter next. Like Christmas, Easter gave me so much to work with – décor, traditions and goodies, but the first day of school, being a non-holiday, gave me much less to work with, or so I thought, until I realized I could give Bo a backpack and school supplies. With crayons, pencils, paint and glue to use, I was ready. However, I soon found that although a backpack and school supplies gave me a lot to work with, they didn’t give the sheep a reason to leave Bo’s bedroom. In fact, the sheep could have stayed in there all night and had a blast, so I had to find a way to get them out of Bo’s room and into the house. Then, I got an idea – have Bo mention taking the bus. As soon as he did, the sheep took off and so did the story.

Since this book is the third in The Night Baafore series, I had to find new mischief for the sheep to get into, and I wanted to make much of it school related. From making puppets and paper airplanes to painting, drawing and coloring, I tried to include as many school-related activities as possible.

I also wanted to give readers the opportunity to get crafty, so I had one sheep make a creature puppet that kids can easily make at home, another make paper airplanes and some draw and color which may inspire kids to do the same. Warning – the sheep also get a hold of the glue so keep that bottle close by.

When I finished the story, I sent it off to my wonderful critique group, of course. After I got their feedback, I made some more edits and then sent The Night Baafore the First Day of School to my agent.

My agent sent the story to my editor, and she loved it. I had a few minor changes to make, then the story was ready.  Pablo agreed to do the illustrations and, once again, he did an incredible job. He gave readers so much to look at and laugh at. The Night Baafore the First Day of School couldn’t be more perfect!

We all know that the first day of school is very big day. Super-excited or somewhat scared, kids have all kinds of emotions about the first day of school. Filled with crafty chaos and loads of fun, The Night Baafore the First Day of School aims to build excitement for the big day.

The Night Baafore the First Day of School, dedicated to readers, teacher and students everywhere, comes out June 22. 


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. So glad to see your have continued to add books to this series. The sheep are always so funny with their shenanigans that cause so much chaos. Kids will love it!
The illustrations add to the fun. Good luck with the book.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. This looks so fun and is now added to my “to read” pile. Love reading the backstory, too. Congrats.

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  2. What a fun fun book! LOVE. Kathy I am a newsletter subscriber.

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  3. Fun, fun, fun! (or disaster after disaster? LOL). Congrats, Dawn and Pablo!

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

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  4. Like all of Dawn’s books, this looks like loads of fun! Adding it to my TBR list!

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  5. What a wonderful sequel. The story sounds fun and the art is great as usual. Congratulations. I’m a subscriber and will share on Twitter. Can’t wait to read this one!

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  6. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one! Congrats on all your wonderful books, Dawn, and wishing you a ton more success!! xo

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  7. I love all of Dawn’s books! And Pablo’s illustrations just add to the hilarity! I can’t wait to read it to my grandkids, and I will NOT be able to wait for the day before the first day of school. 🙂 I’m a subscriber and will share on Facebook and Twitter. Thank you!

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  8. It looks like another wild night with the most mischievous flock ever! Congratulations to Dawn for coming up with a new twist for the series. I love the use of alliteration, too. (Kathy, I subscribe to your blog.)

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  9. This is an awesome book series!! I’m an author and teacher and will be reading this book to my class for the next school year.

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  10. I love these books! The fun is contagious and the rhyme and meter is a wow for me as mentor text. I’m an email subscriber and shared on social:

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  11. This book sounds adorable! Can’t wait to read it.

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  12. So fun! Congratulations Dawn! I’m looking forward to reading this one! (I am a long time blog follower and also shared to Twitter:

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  13. Parents teachers and kids can alllllll relate❤️❤️

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  14. This book looks adorable What a clever idea for a story. Thanks for the post. I receive your posts by email.

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  15. This sounds hilarious. Kids will love it. Congrats! I love how it all started from Kathy’s blog!

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  16. Congratulations, Dawn! Cannot wait for my copy to arrive!

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  17. Congratulations Dawn! What a fun series you’ve created. I can’t wait to see what comes next. Shared on Twitter and I receive you blog.

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  18. This is an awesome book series. I’m so excited to read this to my class in the Fall. Congratulations Dawn and Pablo

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  19. I loved the Night Baafore Christmas so much–I can’t wait to read this new addition to the series. Congratulations, Dawn!

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  20. How fun! Really looking forward to this one. Congratulations!!

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  21. Awesome post! Dawn is a master storyteller with a keen sense of rhythm and rhyme. I can’t wait to read this book to my new class of students.


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