Happy Book Birthday: THE NIGHT BAAFORE EASTER Plus Giveaway

And a one…and a two…

Time to sing!



Written by Dawn Young

Illustrated by Pablo Pino

Published by Worthy Kids (2021)

Have you read Dawn’s first book in this series? THE NIGHT BAAFORE CHRISTMAS? I know Easter is coming up BAAFORE Christmas, but you really need to read that one also.

Here the trailer for THE NIGHT BAAFORE EASTER:

This book has so many layers: Counting, Easter, humor, rhyme, and awesome illustrations!

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.

Here’s a bit about the talented author, Dawn Young:

Dawn graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and later with an MBA.  For years, Dawn worked as an engineer and then as a manager at a large aerospace company, until her creative side called her to pursue her dream of writing children’s books. Her books include Counting Elephants, The Night Baafore Christmas, The Night Baafore Easter, The Night Baafore the First Day of School (June 2021),  and title to be announced, coming fall 2021. 

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. She is an active member of SCBWI and many other children’s writing groups.




And here’s a bit about brilliant illustrator Pablo Pino:

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.




For a chance to win a copy of this read-it-again book, please leave a comment – what do YOU count when you can’t sleep? If you share the post on social media, you get extra tickets in the giveaway hat.

I hope you all have a wonderful week. I’ll be back on Friday to celebrate Multicultural Children’s Book Day with two diverse books from an Inuit publisher.

Perfect Picture Book Friday: DON’T HUG DOUG Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. This has been an exciting week! Tuesday was launch day for my own From Here to There. Wednesday was Inauguration Day. And today I get to share a brand new book from one of my dearest critique buddies, Carrie Finison.


Written by Carrie Finison

Illustrated by Daniel Wiseman

Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (January 26, 2021)

Ages: 3-7+

Themes: Personal space, respecting others, be true to yourself

Synopsis: From Amazon:

Meet Doug, an ordinary kid who doesn’t like hugs, in this fun and exuberant story which aims to spark discussions about bodily autonomy and consent–from author Carrie Finison and the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of The World Needs More Purple People, Daniel Wiseman.

Doug doesn’t like hugs. He thinks hugs are too squeezy, too squashy, too squooshy, too smooshy. He doesn’t like hello hugs or goodbye hugs, game-winning home run hugs or dropped ice cream cone hugs, and he definitely doesn’t like birthday hugs. He’d much rather give a high five–or a low five, a side five, a double five, or a spinny five. Yup, some people love hugs; other people don’t. So how can you tell if someone likes hugs or not? There’s only one way to find out: Ask! Because everybody gets to decide for themselves whether they want a hug or not.

Why I Love This Book:

  • The text is delightful – brimming with heart and humor.
  • The illustrations are engaging and entertaining.
  • I love how the story empowers kids to stay true to who they are and speak up for themselves…not everyone loves hugs!

Here’s what the reviewers are saying:

* “A cheerful approach to basic consent . . . An excellent update on the golden rule: treat people how they want to be treated.” –Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review

“Simple and effective in showing young viewers how to establish bodily autonomy . . . A great starting point for a conversation about boundaries and how to set them.” –BCCB



Photo Courtesy: https://happyhomefairy.com/a-paper-hug/

This is a really cute craft…for Valentine’s Day (which is coming up in less than a month) or for any day that your child wants to share a little love with a friend or relative. Detailed instructions on this fabulous website: https://happyhomefairy.com/a-paper-hug/

We all need to know we are loved…and the best way to show an author that you love her book is to buy it, review it, tell friends about it, and ask your local library to purchase copies for their collection.

And one more thing…author Carrie Finison is generously offering a copy of DON’T HUG DOUG to one lucky reader. Please leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway – and please share the post on social media for extra tickets in the giveaway hat.

And for more wonderful picture book reviews and activities, please hop over to Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday linkup.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Thank you for spending your precious time with me.

KEN LAMUG and VIVIAN MCINERNY: Will Write and Illustrate for Cookies Plus Giveaway


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