Pre-RhyPiBoMo 2015 Dawn Young

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Pre-RhyPiBoMo 2015

Dawn Young

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Dawn is another close friend of mine who I met last year while preparing for RhyPiBoMo. She joined the Facebook group and we soon found out how much we both love to rhyme. She offered to help with the event and at first I declined her help but soon realized this beast of an event could use another pair of hands.

So, Dawn is our Admin for RhyPiBoMo and Critique Group Coordinator.

(There will be more info about rhyming critique groups coming soon!)

She is so organized, so supportive and really a great friend and I must add…an amazing writer as well!

We are now critique partners and have since met and hugged in person at the SCBWI Conference in Los Angeles last summer. We shortly thereafter rode in an ambulance to the hospital together so I could have emergency hand surgery as I needed she and Tanja both to hold my uninjured hand! Needless to say, we three are bonded in literal blood as we experienced true friendship.

Dawn has worked incredibly hard on what we are about to unveil to you! This was her brainchild and I was more than happy to participate in this rhyming surprise that she has been working on for months!

I know that you will absolutely LOVE it as much as I do!

Thank you Dawn for your friendship and all your dedication to RhyPiBoMo!

So now,

without further ado…

I present Dawn Young’s


Rhyming Surprise!

As writers, we know we’ve chosen a tough business to break into, and unfortunately, we know it’s even tougher to break into if you write in rhyme. No matter how good your rhyme is, and how perfect your meter reads, we know that many editors and agents refrain from rhyme, making those seemingly insurmountable publishing hurdles even higher for rhymers.
And even though I enjoy writing in prose, deep down inside I’m a rhymer, rhymer;) I am determined to scale those extra inches, feet or miles because …

I’m All About That Rhyme!

Dawn Young

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Follow this link to your RHYMING SURPRISE!





About Dawn:

Dawn Young has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA. Analytical and mathematically-minded, Dawn worked for years at a large aerospace company, where she read and wrote hundreds of corporate documents, none of which were titled The Little Engineer That Could or Don’t Let The Pigeon Fly the Airbus. After leaving the corporate world, Dawn’s creative spirit called her to a career in writing. When she isn’t doing parodies, she is busy writing, tutoring math and assisting Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen with her KidLit Writing Picture Books A-Z’s courses. You can visit Dawn’s blog at

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RhyPiBoMo 2015 Optional Writing Prompt

This is NOT part of the pledge. It is an option for a writing exercise for those interested. You will not publically share this as part of RhyPiBoMo but may keep a journal of your writing this month for your own review.


Now, you get to write your own parody about writing in rhyme to the song Yankee Doodle…Here’s a YouTube link to a karaoke version of Yankee Doodle.



I want you to have fun and feel the rhythm! Writing poetry and rhyming picture books requires you to be able to find the rhythm in the pacing and stress of the sounds and syllables of your words. Yankee Doodle has an obvious beat so tap your foot when singing your parody. If your writing has rhythm you should be able to tap your foot along when reading it out loud as well.



RhyPiBoMo Mission Statement

My goal is to guide those aspiring to write rhyme and poetry through the process of learning the craft and offering resources, lessons, writing prompts and the wisdom of experienced folks in the business to improve the reputation and quality of rhyme and poetry for children.


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RhyPiBoMo 2015 Pledge

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to be eligible for today’s prize!


170 thoughts on “Pre-RhyPiBoMo 2015 Dawn Young

  1. Judy Rubin is teetering between humming Yankee Doodle and creating a rhyming parody. Some days are just a little beyond extraordinary.

  2. Elaine Hillson – I loved that video. It’s a wonderful way to remind us what goes into making a good rhyme. I can’t get it out of my head. Thanks for sharing that Dawn.

  3. I’m definitely all about that rhyme too. I loved the video, Dawn! It was so fun and the perfect surprise and start for RhyPiBoMo!

  4. MaDonna Maurer – So fun! Great way to remember all that goes into rhyming in fun and memorable way. Thanks for sharing it with us all!

  5. Melinda Kinsman – that was hilarious! Thanks, Dawn, you’ve done a brilliant job. (Your dancing assistants were wonderful too!) 😊😊❤️❤️

  6. OK…you asked for it.

    To go along with today’s post here is the Yankee Doodle song revised as our PiBoMo song.

    Yankee Doodle grabbed a pen
    Then took a piece of paper
    and started writing all about
    a rhyming children’s caper

    Yankee Doodle, write it up
    Yankee Doodle rhyming
    Mind the meter and the plot,
    the setting and the timing!

    Father and I went to PiBoMo
    Along with Captain Karcher
    And there we heard the participants
    write iambic like a marcher

    Yankee Doodle, write it up
    Yankee Doodle rhyming
    Mind the meter and the plot,
    the setting and the timing!

    And there was Captain Dawn Young
    starting off with a fun pop parody
    Now there is a cool earworm
    For all of the enrollees

    Yankee Doodle, write it up
    Yankee Doodle rhyming
    Mind the meter and the plot,
    the setting and the timing!

  7. Nancy Mindo Here!!!! That was so awesome!! Loved it….. Every inch of it was perfect from beginning to the end! 🙂

  8. Kathy Mazurowski
    I am all about that rhyme, bout that rhyme…. I can’t get it out of my head. I will be singing that with a smile on my face all day!

  9. Trying to parody Yankee Doodle but I can’t get that “all about the rhyme” beat out of my head! What a hoot, Dawn! You are AMAZING!

  10. Patricia Toht has one, on the short side:
    It’s time to write in rhyme my friends,
    So fire up that noodle.
    No forcing words to make it work,

  11. Polly Owen – omg! Was not expecting that. You rhyming book writers are an interesting bunch! Glad to be joining you all (new aspiring writer).

  12. Melanie Ellsworth

    Dawn – you are a brave woman! That was hilarious – excellent lyrics and dancing by you and your back-up crew. I enjoyed reading your bio; your work journey has taken you far.

  13. Blahahahaha… My stomach hurts, you had my laughing so hard. Dawnie, my amazing friend, I can’t begin to tell you how incredibly creative you are. You are one of the most driven, hard working and talented individuals I know and I am so happy that you are one of my dearest friends. Let’s see what trouble we can get into in Georgia this July. 🙂 Love you. T

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  15. Maria Oka. DAWN! This just made my day! I loved seeing your girls in there. What dolls! You totally rocked that. I need to go show my girls now. 😘

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