About me (Dawn Young)

Crazy for picture books? Yep, that’s me. Hip to chin with PBs, I can barely make it out the library doors without peeking in at least one. 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 16 years old and our twin daughters, Remi and Rylee, are 14 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/


Exciting News:

November 2017 – won first place in Susanna Leonard Hill’s 7th annual Halloweensie Contest.

February 2016 – won first place in Susanna Leonard Hill’s Valentiny Contest.

April 2015 – created a parody for my RhyPiBoMo blog post called
All About That Rhyme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vV9OEi0UpTc

May 2014 – won first place in The Golden Quill RhyPiBoMo Poetry contest
judged by: Renee La Tulippe, Jill Esbaum & Tiffany Strelitz Haber

April 2014 – placed second in Susanna Leonard Hill’s March Madness fractured fairy tale contest.

March 2014 – double finalist in the Rate Your Story Contest (PB category)

December 2013 – won first place in Susanna Leonard Hill’s Holiday Mishap story contest.

March 2011 – selected as one of the top 25 finalists in the National Association of Elementary School Principal’s (NAESP) Book of the Year contest.

9 thoughts on “About me (Dawn Young)

  1. Hi Dawn, I very much admire your creativity as well as your boldness in parlaying your ME & MBA & wild imagination into this awesome venture 🙂

    I’m not an Operations Manager, just a project manager seeking to find the path out of corporate America into sole proprietorship.

    Thanks for this website, and your inspiration 🙂

  2. Hi Dawn, Just wandering around your blog this morning. I, too, am an ex-engineer of the industrial variety. IBM was my home until I went in other directions. It’s taken me awhile to get around to picture books, but I began falling in love with them when I started reading them to my son ten years ago. I finished my MFA in fiction when he was six months old, so my focus was on writing for adults—up until about a year and a half ago. But I digress. I’m loving the CBA workshop!

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  4. Hello Dawn,
    I had the pleasure of meeting Michael Hale at a SCBWI event in Phoenix tonight and he gave me your information. I am also an academic turned children’s book author. I have a Master’s in Biology from ASU and I am currently working on STEM education books for children written in poetry. I was so thrilled to hear that there was someone in my own backyard that has the same interests that I do. I was wondering if we could get together sometime for coffee.

  5. Hi Dawn,
    Remember me? I was in your critique group and you contributed your valued opinion to my first attempt at Rhyming picture book ‘Silly Trunk and the Ickle Prickle Plant” After much more juggling and a massive amount of illustrating it is about to launch! Thank you for your contribution and I will mention you, Angie Karcher and Jill Esbaum in the acknowlements.
    Love and best wishes
    Heather B. Moon

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