Holiday books for children

Holiday books written by and Illustrated by Carol Dabney, Rod Ragsdale and Cindy Reyes. Two new stories this year: The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course Book four -Golfing with Santa and Santa’s North Pole Princess. Available on  Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Andrew-Golf-Course-Book/dp/1537450476/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1478607026&sr=1-1&keywords=rod+ragsdale

https://www.amazon.com/Carol-Dabney/e/B0056B1AFW

A child’s bedtime storybook, “Twas The Mouse Before Christmas” will be read in both English and Spanish by the three authors Saturday December 3, 2016 at the Arkansas State Capital annual Christmas Tree Lighting beginning at 6pm. Free event.

https://www.amazon.com/Twas-Mouse-Before-Christmas-Tail/dp/1477608370/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

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Fall Festivals October 2016

Fall festivals are my favorite time of year. The weather is cooling down, the leaves are turning colors, the pumpkins give me a happy feeling. Fall begins the holiday seasons of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. For the next three months I get to read my holiday books at schools and Rod and I are practicing our Christmas songs

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In Octobter we kicked off the Fall Festivals at Scott’s Plantation Cotton Festival. That is where Rod and I met three years ago. He was playing music and I was selling my books. We have enjoyed getting to know each other, singing music everywhere together, and now writing children’s books together.

The Happy Pumpkin, Patch by Carol Dabbney. Great to read to young children every fall.

https://www.amazon.com/Happy-Pumpkin-Patch-childrens-Thanksgiving/dp/1480236675/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course by Rod Ragsdale

https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Andrew-Golf-Course-Adventure/dp/1514820870/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1477220785&sr=1-4&keywords=rod+ragsdale

Rod spent 40 years developing and working on golf courses. His son is a golf pro at Disney world. Rod has been showing me how to play golf the last year as well. I illustrate his adventure books. Great for young children 10 and under. Rod has four books in his series now, including a Christmas special new this year 2016… The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course – book four – Golfing with Santa.

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https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Andrew-Golf-Course-Book/dp/1537450476/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1477220785&sr=1-2&keywords=rod+ragsdale

He read the first book at several libraries and showed the children how to putt. They loved golfing at the library.

The Good Earth annual Pooches and Pumpkins Festival. It’s my fourth year.

my artwork. watercolor. I love painting. Very relaxing.

We hope you will go online to amazon and maybe purchase some of our books as Christmas gifts. Thank you for your support.

https://www.amazon.com/Santas-North-Princess-Carol-Dabney/dp/1534781471/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1477222397&sr=1-1&keywords=Carol+dabney

Rod and I will be singing and reading our stories at The Arkansas State Convention Center Saturday November 12 for the Holiday House Santa Event from 9-noon, where we will have our Christmas books for sell and will sign autographs.

Also: The Arkansas State Capital Saturday December 3, from 6-8pm for the annual Christmas tree lighting and Santa event. Saturday December 10 at 11:30 at the Maumelle Library. The Clinton Children’s Library Monday December 19 at 11am. Hope to see you there.

Summer fun at the Library

I salute our wonderful libraries. The local libraries are always creating new ways to interest kids in reading. Reading can take you places real and imagined. Reading can ignite and inspire.

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Rod and I enjoyed singing and reading our stories at the libraries this summer and taking part in getting children excited about music and showing them some golf adventures.

Reading can change the way you think about your life. When I was young I lived on a goat farm and my sister read Heidi to me. You know the one about a little girl living with goats on a mountainside. What a wonderful story.

The libraries have a theme every summer. A couple years ago the theme was Pause to Read and they had a poster of a puppy reading through a stack of books. Too cute. I enjoyed reading my animal series I had been working on at the time. Well since its a series I guess you could say I am still working on this with my co-author Everett Martindale. I told him The Animals Used By God series would never be finished. There were so many bible stories and animals that I supposed we could just write from now on. That year I traveled to read at the Amador County Library in Pioneer California.

I read my Military mommy book when I read to Sgt Yano Library program at Schofield Army barracks when my daughter was stationed in Oahu. The children and I marched and saluted as I read the pages.

I always like to sing a few songs too. In fact I get asked to sing at the libraries as much as read these days. Libraries are just fun places to go to anytime of the year, but they really work overtime during the summer.

 

 

This year the theme was based all about Sports. Perfect to read Rod’s adventures on golf books. Rod brought his golf club, golf balls, and let the kids try it out first hand. He read his story and sang a couple song with his guitar and the kids loved it. we went to the Children’s Library downtown Little Rock. Maumelle Library. and Nixon Library in  Jacksonville so far this month.

 

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Its fun to do a Hawaiian program for the kids. Show a bit of hula and tell them about whale watching, and sea turtles. I let them play my ukulele, rain stick and bamboo sticks,  and of course they want to see pictures of the volcano.

 

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I use to take my children to the library all the time when they were little. They would sit on the floor and look at pictures. They would read some and took great care in each picking out books to bring home. And they were Free books too, what a plus. How can you beat that?  My kids read a lot of books and they all did well in school. I think it really helped to have joined in on fun programs and reading challenges at the library. I just love the library. A great way to spend the summer. So just wanted to say Thank you.

my books can also be found on Amazon …

http://www.amazon.com/Carol-Dabney/e/B0056B1AFW

 

Tee Time

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It’s summer time, the kids are out of school. What to do? Let play some golf and start them young says Rod Ragsdale, author of “The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course”… its a great outdoor sport for the whole family.

 

 

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https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Andrew-Golf-Course-Adventure/dp/1514820870/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1466683804&sr=1-2&keywords=Rod+Ragsdale

A fun short story for young children to inspire them to get out there and learn the game of golf. In this series of golf stories Rod tells about how there is a lot more going on on the golf course then you’d think. There are amazing trees and flowers, lots of small animals, insects and wonderful birds.

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There is nature all around for families to discover. In his first book he tells the true story about how Andrew saves a little duck, and how golf brings out a person’s character.

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Golf is a game you can challenge yourself or your friends.

It’s summertime. Let play a game of golf!

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Rod Ragsdale has been in the golf industry for 40 years. Now he is retired and plays golf every morning for fun.

 

Reading and singing at schools

 

I have enjoyed reading and singing for schools. Military Mommy was my first book. This is a wonderful true story about a military family. We salute the American soldier and their families.

http://www.amazon.com/Military-Mommy-Carol-Dabney/dp/1456800329/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

The second storybook was The Happy Pumpkin, Patch. I have read this fun holiday book at the the Good Earth Garden Center Pooches and Pumpkins Festival for 3 years now. They have my books displayed.

http://www.amazon.com/Happy-Pumpkin-Patch-childrens-Thanksgiving/dp/1480236675/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

We had lots of fun with Twas The Mouse Before Christmas. Reading at the Arkansas State Capital annual Christmas Tree Lighting and for Holiday House in Little Rock, as well as many schools. We are scheduled to read again in 2016.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Twas-Mouse-Before-Christmas-Tail/dp/1477608370/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

I now have audio books with songs for my stories with the help of Cindy Reyes and Rod Ragsdale. We make a great team and love the work we do teaching children.

http://www.amazon.com/Mouse-Before-Christmas-Carol-Dabney/dp/B0182XWYNM/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1463789102&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=Carol+Dabney+music

 

 

Saturday April 9, 2016 at 10am Children’s Library in Little Rock- hear the stories of The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course book series for young children.

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http://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Andrew-Golf-Course-Adventure/dp/1514820870/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1459731721&sr=8-5&keywords=Rod+Ragsdale

 

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Author Rod Ragsdale has been in the golf industry for over forty years. He loves to inspire children to play the great game of golf. His son Andrew started playing when he was just two years old.

 

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Illustration created by Carol Dabney

 

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Aliyah Jane learning at age three

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Great family sport.

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Rod loves to read his stories about golf at libraries and classrooms, he loves to teach golf, but he really loves to play golf. he will be reading the first two books at the Hillary Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center on 10th street in Little Rock Arkansas Saturday April 9, 2016    at 10am along with Carol Dabney… Yes there will be music too bring the whole family. Free event. December 2015 679.early June 285

I’m learning to play too!

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Christmas…singing to the very young and the very old

Arkansas State Capital annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration. We read our Christmas book and sang Christmas carols. “The capital event is always a highlight of the season for us.”Authors and musicians Carol Dabney, Cindy Reyes and Rod Ragsdale sharing their story-telling and musical gifts with the very young and the very old…We read at schools and nursing homes all season…we want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas 2015.

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Reading our storybook with Herald the mouse on my lap at the Nixon Library in Jacksonville. The kids come there after school and have dinner while we read.

Entertained at Lakewood Nursing Home in North Little Rock. One gentlemen loved the patriotic songs, he kept tip toeing his wheelchair closer and closer to me singing along.

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WE read in English and Spanish for students at E-Stem. They were studying different languages. We sang a few extra songs in Spanish as well. They had lots of great questions and were most amazing young people. Gave us a fun send off too. Thank you teacher Michelle Hanvey.

 

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Sang at Elmcroft Seniors. We sing there twice a month and getting to know the residents. Having a great deal of fun each time.

Clinton Library and Learning Center. Lots of my music students came to this event and that made me very happy. I am very blessed to teach at St Mark Day School

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Reading our stories in Byrant for a daycare. so adorable and good listeners too

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Rod Ragsdale playing his guitar and harmonica at the Plantation Festival 2015

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Santa’s North Pole at turtle Creek Mall in Jonesboro. This little cutie is a #1 Carol Dabney fan for sure. She comes to so many of my events and has all my books, and she is not even two yet… They live in the Northeast area where I came from but travel to the Good Earth Pooches and Pumpkins in central Arkansas every fall and other places I announce. I just love her!

I was honored to be the Special guest speaker at the First Baptist Women’s Cup of Christmas Joy near Scott. Thank you ladies for this opportunity. However I did miss my two side kicks: Rod and Cindy. This was a solo act. I spoke about being a writer and  about my first illustration which was my Christmas book and sang a few songs. Introduced my animal parable series, which I think is so sweet and hope folks will begun to enjoy as much as they do the Christmas book

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Rod likes to break out the Magic tricks at schools. We were in England and they children were in awe.

We played in Nashville Grill and then it was time to pack it up and go have Christmas by the fireplace with the grandkids. Egg nog time and watching Its a Wonderful Life (my favorite) in our PJs. Merry Christmas and God bless us everyone… Young and old.

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It Doesn’t have to snow for all of us to know

Christmas in your heart can last the whole year round. It doesn’t have to wait till the frost is on the ground.

from Manhattan’s frosty snow to Hawaii’s ocean mist, there’s one things I know you don’t need… mistletoe to kiss…

don’t need a Christmas tree for all of us to see

Christmas is like home, with love so strong

no matter where you roam to last your whole life long.

It’s not the tinsel not the toys

not just for little girls and boys

not just for the young you see but for anyone who can BELIEVE.

Carol Dabney