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I’m Dawn Young and I’m crazy for picture books. Hip to chin with PBs, I can barely make it out the library doors. I’ve read thousands of PBs (literally, thousands) and many, many books on the craft. Through this site, I’ll share with you anything and everything I’ve learned on my journey to becoming a published picture book author.

Write, write, write...

Way back when, I graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and then later graduated from the University of Phoenix with an MBA.  After years of working at a large aerospace company as an Operations Manager, I decided to leave the corporate world to raise our three children.  My love of children, books, and the English language, combined with my wild imagination, inspired me to start writing picture books. After years of reading and writing hundreds of corporate documents, unfortunately none of which were titled “The Little Engineer That Could” or “Don’t Let the Pigeon Fly the Airbus,” I am thrilled to be reading and writing picture books instead. When I’m not busy with our children I’m writing and reading and editing and critiquing and writing…and of course, sticking a little math in here and there when I can.

I’m married with three children, Jace, our son is 17 years old and our twin daughters, Remi and Rylee, are 16 years old. Recently we rescued and welcomed a Golden Retriever named Mazy into our home.

I am an active member of SCBWI, AZ SCBWI , RhyPiBoMo and many other children’s writing Facebook groups. I’m honored to have been on the Board of Education for Kidlit Summer School along with Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, Kami Kinard, Marcie Colleen, and Leeza Hernandez. https://nerdychickswrite.com/faculty/