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Dawn's Big Date is the 50th book in The Baby-Sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin.

Back Cover Summary[]

Mary Anne and Dawn are so excited. Logan's cousin Lewis is finally coming to town, and Mary Anne is busy planning the perfect double date. But now Dawn is staring to get worried. She's written letters to Lewis, but she's never had a boyfriend before. What if Lewis doesn't like her?

That's when Dawn decides she needs a new image. New clothes, new hairstyle, and lots more makeup. Maybe she could even learn how to flirt a little. But will Lewis and the rest of the Baby-sitters like the new Dawn?


Dawn and Mary Anne do one more date with the boys, where Lewis learns why Dawn changed her image. Dawn also manages to convert Lewis to health food.


The BSC first sits for the Hill Family and learns that Norman has been bullied about his weight. The BSC helps him out with the bullying and making sure he eats healthy.


Dawn's Family

BSC Members






Pop Culture and Real-Life References[]

  • The Little Mermaid is one of Sara's favorite movies.
  • Dawn, Mary Anne, Logan and Lewis all go to see Gone With the Wind.
  • The Marvel Encyclopedia of Super Heroes

Continuity and Inconsistencies[]



  • Dr. Johanssen is mentioned to be a pediatrician when she's mentioned to be a general practioner or stationed in the E.R. otherwise.
  • Mary Anne is noted to be good at bowling in this book despite not liking sports.
  • In chapter 7, Dawn misses the school bus because she needs extra time getting ready for school due to her new look. However, in all the other books, it’s said that all of the BSC members (except for Kristy) walk to school.
  • Dawn says that no boys have really liked her romantically, but Parker Harris liked her.
  • Dawn notes that Sarah's room looks the way Sharon's might have when she was a young girl.

Ann M. Martin's Dear Reader Letter[]

In Dawn’s Big Date, Dawn has a new pen pal, Logan’s cousin Lewis. I remember how much fun it was to get mail when I was young. Now, as you might imagine, I get lots of mail — about 17,000 letters a year from kids who read the books I write. After my first book came out, I received just a few letters every year. I was able to answer those letters personally. But now I get almost fifty letters a day, so several people help me answer them. It’s fun! If kids ask questions about baby-sitting, we send them a sheet of baby-sitting tips. If they ask about writing, we send them a sheet of writing tips. Lots of times I get letters from kids who are writing as a school project. Right now a popular project is making an author quilt. The students send blank squares of fabric to authors and ask the authors to sign the squares and return them. Then the squares are sewn together to make a quilt for their classroom or school. One of the funniest requests I get is from kids who are making a garbage wall! They ask authors to send them an item of trash from their wastebasket. Then they collect the “famous” trash and display it on the bulletin board. Several classes have also written to me asking to send them old socks or sneakers! Now I hold on to all of my holey socks so I can send them out when kids ask for them. (Don’t worry—they’re clean.) As you can see, I really enjoy getting mail—and hearing from my readers.


  • Dawn's first time chewing gum is on page 78 and wears lots of make up for the first time.
  • This is not the first time Dawn has changed herself for a boy; the first time was in Baby-sitters on Board! and then in Dawn and the Older Boy.
  • If the Pike Triplets dress alike Dawn would have a hard time telling them apart.
  • The BSC called their crushes on New Years Eve.
  • This is the first appearance of the Hill Family.
  • Dawn's favorite Stoneybrook restaurant is Cabbages & Kings.
  • Mrs. Bruno is a backseat driver.
  • Jessi sits for a kid who is allergic to tomato sauce.
  • Mary Anne's a good bowler.
  • Dawn tries to make people eat healthy food.
  • Lewis kisses Dawn.
  • Norman didn’t like the way the BSC rotates sitters.
  • Claudia read Norman’s letter without his permission, even though the BSC has a strict rule about respecting their clients’ privacy.


Baby-Sitters Club Books
The Summer Before | #1 Kristy's Great Idea | #2 Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls | #3 The Truth About Stacey | #4 Mary Anne Saves the Day | #5 Dawn and the Impossible Three | #6 Kristy's Big Day | #7 Claudia and Mean Janine | #8 Boy-Crazy Stacey | #9 The Ghost at Dawn's House | #10 Logan Likes Mary Anne! | #11 Kristy and the Snobs | #12 Claudia and the New Girl | #13 Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye | #14 Hello, Mallory | #15 Little Miss Stoneybrook... and Dawn | #16 Jessi's Secret Language | #17 Mary Anne's Bad-Luck Mystery | #18 Stacey's Mistake | #19 Claudia and the Bad Joke | #20 Kristy and the Walking Disaster | #21 Mallory and the Trouble with Twins | #22 Jessi Ramsey, Pet-sitter | #23 Dawn on the Coast | #24 Kristy and the Mother's Day Surprise | #25 Mary Anne and the Search for Tigger | #26 Claudia and the Sad Good-bye | #27 Jessi and the Superbrat | #28 Welcome Back, Stacey! | #29 Mallory and the Mystery Diary | #30 Mary Anne and the Great Romance | #31 Dawn's Wicked Stepsister | #32 Kristy and the Secret of Susan | #33 Claudia and the Great Search | #34 Mary Anne and Too Many Boys | #35 Stacey and the Mystery of Stoneybrook | #36 Jessi's Baby-Sitter | #37 Dawn and the Older Boy | #38 Kristy's Mystery Admirer | #39 Poor Mallory! | #40 Claudia and the Middle School Mystery | #41 Mary Anne vs. Logan | #42 Jessi and the Dance School Phantom | #43 Stacey's Emergency | #44 Dawn and the Big Sleepover | #45 Kristy and the Baby Parade | #46 Mary Anne Misses Logan | #47 Mallory on Strike | #48 Jessi's Wish | #49 Claudia and the Genius of Elm Street | #50 Dawn's Big Date | #51 Stacey's Ex-Best Friend | #52 Mary Anne + 2 Many Babies | #53 Kristy for President | #54 Mallory and the Dream Horse | #55 Jessi's Gold Medal | #56 Keep Out, Claudia! | #57 Dawn Saves the Planet | #58 Stacey's Choice | #59 Mallory Hates Boys (and Gym) | #60 Mary Anne's Makeover | #61 Jessi and the Awful Secret | #62 Kristy and the Worst Kid Ever | #63 Claudia's Freind Friend | #64 Dawn's Family Feud | #65 Stacey's Big Crush | #66 Maid Mary Anne | #67 Dawn's Big Move | #68 Jessi and the Bad Baby-sitter | #69 Get Well Soon, Mallory! | #70 Stacey and the Cheerleaders | #71 Claudia and the Perfect Boy | #72 Dawn and the We Love Kids Club | #73 Mary Anne and Miss Priss | #74 Kristy and the Copycat | #75 Jessi's Horrible Prank | #76 Stacey's Lie | #77 Dawn and Whitney, Friends Forever | #78 Claudia and Crazy Peaches | #79 Mary Anne Breaks the Rules | #80 Mallory Pike, No. 1 Fan | #81 Kristy and Mr. Mom | #82 Jessi and the Troublemaker | #83 Stacey vs. the BSC | #84 Dawn and the School Spirit War | #85 Claudia Kishi, Live From WSTO! | #86 Mary Anne and Camp BSC | #87 Stacey and the Bad Girls | #88 Farewell, Dawn | #89 Kristy and the Dirty Diapers | #90 Welcome to the BSC, Abby! | #91 Claudia and the First Thanksgiving | #92 Mallory's Christmas Wish | #93 Mary Anne and the Memory Garden | #94 Stacey McGill, Super Sitter | #95 Kristy + Bart = ? | #96 Abby's Lucky Thirteen | #97 Claudia and the World's Cutest Baby | #98 Dawn and Too Many Sitters | #99 Stacey's Broken Heart | #100 Kristy's Worst Idea | #101 Claudia Kishi, Middle School Dropout | #102 Mary Anne and the Little Princess | #103 Happy Holidays, Jessi | #104 Abby's Twin | #105 Stacey the Math Whiz | #106 Claudia, Queen of the Seventh Grade | #107 Mind Your Own Business, Kristy! | #108 Don't Give Up, Mallory! | #109 Mary Anne to the Rescue | #110 Abby the Bad Sport | #111 Stacey's Secret Friend | #112 Kristy and the Sister War | #113 Claudia Makes Up Her Mind | #114 The Secret Life of Mary Anne Spier | #115 Jessi's Big Break | #116 Abby and the Best Kid Ever | #117 Claudia and the Terrible Truth | #118 Kristy Thomas, Dog Trainer | #119 Stacey's Ex-Boyfriend | #120 Mary Anne and the Playground Fight | #121 Abby in Wonderland | #122 Kristy in Charge | #123 Claudia's Big Party | #124 Stacey McGill... Matchmaker? | #125 Mary Anne in the Middle | #126 The All-New Mallory Pike | #127 Abby's Un-Valentine | #128 Claudia and the Little Liar | #129 Kristy at Bat | #130 Stacey's Movie | #131 The Fire at Mary Anne's House
Super Specials
#1 Baby-sitters on Board! | #2 Baby-sitters' Summer Vacation | #3 Baby-sitters' Winter Vacation | #4 Baby-sitters' Island Adventure | #5 California Girls! | #6 New York, New York! | #7 Snowbound | #8 Baby-sitters at Shadow Lake | #9 Starring the Baby-sitters Club #10 Sea City, Here We Come! | #11 The Baby-sitters Remember | #12 Here Come the Bridesmaids! | #13 Aloha, Baby-sitters! | #14 BSC in the USA | #15 Baby-sitters' European Vacation
Portrait Collection
Stacey's Book | Claudia's Book | Dawn's Book | Mary Anne's Book | Kristy's Book | Abby's Book
The Baby-Sitters Club Notebook (1987) | The Baby-Sitters Club Postcard Book (1991) | Trivia & Puzzle Fun Book (1992) | Ann M. Martin: The Story of the author of the Baby-sitters Club (1993) | The Baby-Sitters Club Guide to Babysitting (1993) | The Baby-Sitters Club Chain Letter (1993) | The Baby-Sitters Club Secret Santa (1994) | Audio Books on Cassette Tape (1994-5) | BSC Movie Novelization (1995) | The Complete Guide to the Baby-Sitters Club (1996) | Autograph Book (1998) | BSC Graphic Novels (2006-present) | We Are the Baby-Sitters Club: Essays and Artwork from Grown-Up Readers (2021) | Welcome to Stoneybrook: A Guided Journal (2021) | The Official Coloring Book (2023)