Artwork by Carol Dabney. Turned into storybook fun.
Giving artwork examples in this blog.
The Animals Used by God Series 2013-2018 -by authors Everett O. Martindale and Carol Dabney. Illustrator Carol Dabney.
The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course series by Rod Ragsdale 2015-2018 – Illustrated by Carol Dabney.
Arkansas Cotton artwork displayed at the Agricultural Plantation Museum in Scott, Aransas 2017-2918.
Samples of my artwork. I have illustrated for five other children’s author’s in Arkansas and one out of state.
I am sharing artwork samples because I have had some request from a couple of authors to see my artwork.
I have had lots of fun since I started writing in 2010. Cindy Reyes, my sister in law joined me along the way in 2013 and writes the Spanish translation for many of my books. Rod Ragsdale joined me in 2014 helping me compose songs for several stories. Together all three of us read at libraries, churches and schools. We also started producing audiobooks for kids to listen to our stories and songs in their cars.
Ok so that some of my art… I’ll share some later. I look forward to being a speaker at this year’s Arkansas Writer’s Conference in North Little Rock. Thank you all for letting me share. check out my books and music cds on amazon. Thanks for your support.
Merry Christmas 2017. Love being a music teacher and entertainer especially at Christmas time.
…and I’m engaged to the singing Santa, which makes it all the more festive.
It doesn’t matter what age you are, we are all childlike at Christmas.
Rod Ragsdale sang Christmas carols for Holiday House at the Arkansas State convention center starting in November to kick off the season. Rod, Cindy and my daughter Michelle sang Christmas carols at the Arkansas State Capital December 2 for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Rod and I have been to over 30 senior centers and nursing homes in central Arkansas, festivals and several schools.
Plus the Jacksonville Library Children’s after school program and Children’s Library and Learning center.
We were the Whoville Christmas carolers for the GrinchFest along with channel 11’s Craig O’Neille, who is the Grinch master story-teller, held every year at the Children’s Library in Little Rock.
We also read our Christmas stories at the capital, several schools and libraries. Here is my sister Cindy Reyes who translates all my storybooks into Spanish.
These pictures are from the times I have traveled to Santa’s North Pole Adventureland in Jonesboro to sing and read for Kathy Johnson and her sisters for their magical store. I wrote a new story just for their Princess specials called “Santa’s North Pole Princess” the book is in their gift shop. https://www.facebook.com/santasnorthpolejonesboro/
Rod has a Christmas adventure for young children called Golfing with Santa book four in The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course series.
From our home to yours Merry Christmas and may God richly bless you in the new year 2018.
Happy New Year 2018.
Rod Ragsdale, Cindy Reyes and Carol Dabney will singing Christmas carols and reading our Christmas storybooks at the Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center Saturday December 16 beginning at 10am. Little Rock, Arkansas. This is a free family event. “Twas the Mouse Before Christmas” was the first and is the biggest hit everywhere we go this time of year. I hope you add it to your holiday keepsakes. Thank you for supporting local artists.
Our holiday books: Big Book of The Animals Used By God, The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course -book four – Golfing with Santa, Twas The Mouse Before Christmas, and Santa’s North Pole Princess. All available through contacting me, or http://www.amazon.com
Santa’s North Pole Princess is all about a Princess named Noel, who rides a magical polar bear to gather all the Christmas mail from children around the world for Santa. Have you written your letter yet? This book is about of a wonderful place located in Jonesboro, Arkansas where families can walk through a Disney-like animal animated snowy forest on their way to take pictures with Santa.
I had a lot of fun with reading “Twas the Mouse Before Christmas” and now they have added Santa’s North Pole Princess. If you get to this wonderful adventure-land, look for Carol Dabney storybooks. Great Christmas keepsakes for ages 2-10.
Rod Ragsdale got into the spirit of Christmas by becoming a singing Santa for a Christmas in July party this past summer and as you know he loves golf. Not much golfing goes on in the snow, but with lots of imagination he wrote a Christmas golfing with Santa adventure story about his son Andrew. Book Four in his golfing series. For ages 7-12.
I had so much excitement with my St. Mark’s music students in writing The Christmas Animals Used by God last year. This is the newest published this year 2017. It can be interactive with walking with Joseph, Mary and the donkey, knocking on the inn keepers doors, making animal sounds. The kids really had fun with the repeating lines.
Its the Christmas story in an easy to read poetic form with lots of colorful pictures for kids to enjoy as they learn about the Nativity . Its also translated into Spanish by my sister Cindy Dabney Reyes. for ages 2-10.
We have read our stories at The Arkansas State Capital, Holiday House, Jacksonville Library and several classrooms. We will be at the Children’s library Saturday December 16 from10-11 and you can get these books then and we will sign them for you. From our house to your…
MERRY CHRISTMAS. Carol and Rod
Come join Carol, Rod and Cindy at the Arkansas State Capital in Little Rock Saturday December 2 for the annual Christmas tree lighting from 6-8pm to welcome Santa coming to town. Carol, Rod and Cindy will be reading their Christmas storybooks and singing Christmas carols.
Story-tellers share children’s storybook “Twas The Mouse Before Christmas” written and illustrated by Carol Dabney. In English and Spanish. Spanish translation by teacher Cindy Reyes. Available in audiobook with song online at http://www.amazon.com write ‘Carol Dabney Music’ in the search. or click the links below:
This is Carol’s first Christmas storybook published in 2013. It has a cookie recipe and an original song on sheet music in the book. The audiobook has character voices read by Cindy, Carol and Rod along with the song “Christmas in Your Heart”
Hear the story and see the illustrations on UTUBE on the link below: So much fun. Thank you for supporting teacher-artist Carol Dabney.
Thanks for listening. Hope you enjoy this very fun story. Please leave a message. Send to a friend with children.
From our house to yours… Merry Christmas…-Carol Dabney
Also enjoy being a part of the Santa’s North Pole Holiday magical Adventureland each year in Jonesboro.
We have enjoyed sharing our story over the past 4 years at schools, libraries, festivals, nursing homes, annual Holiday House Santa event and the annual Christmas tree lighting at the Arkansas State Capital.
The first time I read it was for a classroom at Schofield Army barracks in Hawaii. I also read at Ft. Lee when my daughter was stationed there. At home in Arkansas I travel the state and read with Cindy and Rod. Cindy and I are both teachers and love the classroom or school assembly events. Rod is a wonderful story-teller and has fun as the Singing Santa.
We will be presenting our story and music at the Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center Saturday December 16, 2017 at the 10am family story hour. You can get a book and we will personally sign it with your child’s name in it. Please share this with your friends and thank you for supporting local artist. It helps us continue our work.
Merry Christmas 2017
This year 2017, my canvas paintings and stationary cards for Arkansas cotton was selected to be displayed in the Plantation Agricultural State Museum in Scott, Arkansas.
These are are some of the artwork that is displayed. My father’s first job as a young boy was picking cotton. This state attraction is located south of Little Rock, Arkansas at 4815 AR-161 in Scott.
Rod and I also sang there for the tractor expo, and sold some books, paintings and music.
Then it was time for story-telling and “The Happy Pumpkin” storybook, which I revised this year into a BIG BOOK and added some more art.
I have a great deal of fun reading this story and singing through harvest time, Halloween and into Thanksgiving about a Pilgrim named Jack who sails to the new world to plant a pumpkin seed with a big idea about sharing his pumpkin seeds. A tribute to the American farmer. Oh my, Jack must water through the intense heat and watch over that little sprout through wind and weather till it finally grows to be a huge happy pumpkin. Thank you American farmers for all you do. Jack, like you, had a desire to feed a nation. Then, in his sharing, he receives what he hoped for most, someone to share his life with. Oh the simple pleasures of life- FAMILY! A wonderful book about hard work, sharing and faith. Book also has some healthy pumpkin treats, and see the seeds come out and a jack-o-lantern with a candle made into this happy pumpkin. Celebrate Thanksgiving by reading this book to your family year after year.
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Thank you for supporting artists like myself. To all Happy Fall. -Carol Dabney
There were fall festivals and schools and libraries to read and sing at.
I teach music at my school in the mornings, but if you live in central Arkansas, I am available to come and read for your child’s classroom, school assembly or event in the afternoons. Let me know. Have a bless fall.
Holiday Books written and illustrated by Carol Dabney.
Michelle and Carol Dabney and Rod Ragsdale. We had a lot of fun the summer of 2017 playing music for senior centers and for children programs in central Arkansas. Here we are at the Hilary Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center for story hour doing a Hawaiian program on July 18, 2017.
Michelle danced a lovely hula. She was born in the Hawaiian islands. She is a health coach in the Little Rock area.
Rod gave an indoor golfing demonstration and we sold his “The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course” book series.
We also did a Hawaiian program for the Kids Zone at Fitness 10 gym in Little Rock July 14, 2017. Telling the kids all about Hawaii.
We sang Hawaiian songs and danced the hula.
We also shared our Hawaiian program for the Whole Foods Kids Club September 1, 2017.
The kids enjoyed doing some hula with Michelle. I read the story of “Military Mommy” about my daughter in the army when she was stationed in Hawaii at Schofield Barracks. She is serving in Iraq now.
Rod and sang for a Hawaiian luau at The Manor Nursing Home in Little Rock, on my birthday in September and I was presented with a cake. We are regulars there and they have become like family to us the past two years.
Rod and I went into the recording studio and made a really awesome new audiobook for children. “Mia, the Mouse Used by God” with an original song “Where You Go” about a mouse who becomes a match -maker for Ruth and Boaz from the bible story out of the book of Ruth. We recorded at Blue Chair Recording Studio in Austin, Arkansas July 27, 2017.
We had a lot of fun singing this past summer. Hope you will check out all my books available on Amazon. Thank you for supporting local artists and authors.
Thanks for stopping in. -Carol Dabney
Its Tee Time. Rod Ragsdale and Carol Dabney will be sharing the fun adventures of story and music at the Jacksonville Public Library Wednesday July 12 beginning at 10:30am. Free event. Sharing “The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course” book one. Plus an inside golf demonstration which was presented last year and the kids lined to experience. It’s fun.
Singing songs with Miss Carol
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Author Rod Ragsdale and illustrator Carol Dabney. “The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course”
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Story book for children about golf. Rod has a passion that golf is for everyone in the family. Great outdoor sport.
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touring the libraries around Central Arkansas and telling kids all about golf, and nature out there on the golf course. Telling kids how it builds character. Fun books to inspire kids to learn this sport. Rod’s son Andrew is a golf Pro at DisneyWorld.
Come join us at the Library. Free event Wed July 12 Jacksonville Public library. Thank you to those who purchase our books and music online. Thanks for supporting local authors.
Oh yeah baby Book Four has golfing with Santa! Dont just dream about golf in the winter. Golf with Santa. Click link below for details
Rod and Carol Library events for Kids this summer. Grab your friends see you there!!!
July 12 Wednesday Jacksonville Public Library at 10:30am
July 18 Tuesday Clinton’s Children’s Library Little Rock 10am
Spring is here. We are sharing new music and a children’s book.
“Wisdom, the elephant used by God” and the song “I Will Follow”
Grand daughter Aliyah is helping at story time and singing along. Wisdom is about a brave little elephant with big faith to follow God. She and her parents travel from south Africa to north Africa. God protects them through many dangers and they find a man named Noah building an ark. This is a fun adventure animal parable to add to your home library or read in Sunday school class readings.
We recorded the song and audiobook at Blue Chair Recording Studio in Austin, Arkansas during Spring break 2017. Always fun creating new music. Thank you to our engineer Darian Stribling and musician Tim Crouch.
We sang at Scott, Arkansas. The annual dinner is to celebrate all that our Arkansas farmers do to feed America. Thank you Anne Turner. Always a great event.
We sang at a Hawaiian luau at Andover Opry.
We sang at Geyer Springs First Baptist Church Adult Fellowship March luncheon and received a standing ovation. Thank you Max
We recorded four new songs this year: “I Will Follow” and “Joshua” for the Animals Used by God series. “Leap of Faith” a lullaby that Rod and I composed together. and “Nothing Better Than You” a love song written by Rod Ragsdale, that everyone will love. We are in process and hopefully will finish by May. An exciting Spring has begun. Life is fun.
Happy Spring all.
Did you ever wonder what it would be like to play your favorite sport with Santa at the North Pole? Well Andrew got to do just that! See, Andrew loves golf. It just so happened that it was snowing pretty hard one Christmas Eve when suddenly who should appear? You guessed it. Andrew couldn’t believe his eyes, and that was only the beginning. https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Andrew-Golf-Course-Book/dp/1537450476/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1481587830&sr=1-1&keywords=rod+ragsdale
The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course series is written by Rod Ragsdale and illustrated by Carol Dabney.
Rod on the golf course, just before making a snowman. Here is where the wheels began turning for his fourth book – Golfing with Santa.
The books starts with Andrew helping his dad shovel snow around the golf course country club. awe…work. Nothing like it to get a person day dreaming about what he or she would rather be doing.
I mean really what if..
Rod Ragsdale and Carol Dabney tour libraries and schools singing and sharing their stories. Children love putting the golf ball inside the library. Rod demonstrates and the kids love it!
next program open to the public. free family fun at the Clinton Children’s library on 10th street in Little Rock, Arkansas. Sing some Christmas carols and hear a few of Rod and Carol’s Christmas stories. Maybe golf a bit. You may even purchase an autographed book for your child. Monday December 19 beginning at 11am.