June and July 2016 Carol and Rod Music

June 2016 we found ourselves singing at a country western show at Fox Ridge in North Little Rock. I loved the themed parties y’all. YeeHaw this was fun! Rod and I put on our cowboy hats and sang all our country and folk songs.

I went down south to Ft. Polk, Louisiana and read and sang to my grand daughter Aliyah’s school on the Army base while awaiting the arrival on a new grandchild. Aliyah has helped me present this story several times now from Hawaii to Virginia about her military mommy, the title of the book is of course, “Military Mommy.”

When I got back to Little Rock, we sang at Elmcroft for their Birthday party.

Happy 4th of July at Elmcroft in Maumelle and Brookdale in Little Rock.

Hawaiian summer reading program with stories, songs, and hula at the Maumelle Public Library was lots of fun. We will be presenting a Christmas program December 10, 2016 at 11:30am.

Golfing in the library maybe a first at the Clinton’s Children’s library and learning center Summer reading program. Rod shows children how to putt and reads his first golfing story called “The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course.” I’ll tell you, they were very interested and had alot of fun.

Then of course we had to do a bit of hula because we always do during the summer programs and its expected and all the kids get out there and have lots of fun. Some of our Arkansas kids have never seen the ocean, so I enjoy telling them all about my beloved Hawaii, where I lived for 15 years.

All our Hawaiian, military and golf stories are found on Amazon.  “Military Mommy” by Carol Dabney and “The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course” by Rod Ragsdale. Please check out all our storybooks for Children and consider them for Christmas gifts. Thank you for your support. We have two new Christmas books this year: “The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course -Book Four -Golfing with Santa.” and “Santa’s North Pole Princess”

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Rod and I will be singing: at Holiday House Santa event at the Arkansas State Convention Center downtown Little Rock Saturday November 12 from 9-noon; at the Arkansas State Capital annual Christmas tree lighting with Santa Saturday December 3 from 6-8pm; at the Maumelle Library Saturday Dec 10 at 11:30am, and Clinton Children’s Library Monday December 19 at 11am.

 

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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 …

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Traveling to Read Spring and Summer 2014

Carol Dabney Reading stories at the Hillary Clinton Children's Library in Little Rock

Carol Dabney Reading stories at the Hillary Clinton Children’s Library in Little Rock

Carol Dabney author, singer, illustrator travels across the country reading and singing and even helping children experience a bit of hula, sign language and creative dance. She visited schools and libraries in Arkansas, California and Hawaii. Summer of 2014. Hillary Clinton’s Children’s Library and Learning Center, The Knowledge Tree Learning Store, The Amador County Library in California, Schofield Army Barracks and Bowen School in Oahu Hawaii, Ewa Beach, Keikiland, Don Roberts. Carol Read Pablo, the Donkey, Military Mommy and Noah at Sea Life Park.

Carol sings and plays the ukulele for children

Carol sings and plays the ukulele for children

Hula at the library

Hula at the library

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Summer time story time in California

Summer time story time in California

Hula and song

Hula and song

Summer time in Jackson

Summer time in Jackson

Cannon Ball Run display

Cannon Ball Run display

Hawaiian Programs Summer 2014

Hawaiian Programs Summer 2014

Hawaii library program Summer 2014

Hawaii library program Summer 2014

Reading in English and Spanish with Cindy Reyes  at the Knowledge Tree

Reading in English and Spanish with Cindy Reyes at the Knowledge Tree

Next events will be at the Good Earth Garden Center in Little Rock where carol will read her book The happy Pumpkin, Patch saturday Oct 18 from 9-3.
The Hillary Clinton Children’s Library in Little Rock from 10-11 Sat Dec 13 and will be reading Twas the Mouse before Christmas in English and Spanish with Cindy Reyes.

Reading at Don Robert's School

Reading at Don Robert’s School

Reading at schools across Hawaii with the Read Aloud America program

Reading at schools across Hawaii with the Read Aloud America program

reading in classrooms

reading in classrooms

Classroom readings across the country

Classroom readings across the country

classroom readings

classroom readings

Author Singer gives patriotic presentation at Don Roberts Elementary about American Soldiers

Author Singer gives patriotic presentation at Don Roberts Elementary about American Soldiers

classroom readings

classroom readings

all books available in Amazon and amazon kindle

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Photographs of Hawaii part 2

Diamond Head Sunrise view from Ewa Beach House 2013

Diamond Head Sunrise view from Ewa Beach House 2013

Rabbit Island Hawaii

Rabbit Island Hawaii

North Shore Surfing beach

North Shore Surfing beach

Hanauma Bay Hawaii

Hanauma Bay Hawaii

Rabbit Island Hawaii

Rabbir Island Hawaii

Diamond Head from boat trip

Diamond Head from boat trip

Bellows Airforce Beach Hawaii

Bellows Airforce Beach Hawaii

Driving around North Shore

Driving around North Shore

Driving on Oahu

Driving on Oahu

playing in the waves

playing in the waves

Diamond Head Sunrise

Diamond Head Sunrise

Just driving around the island of Oahu, you can see the diversity of beauty. No wonder it’s thought of as Paradise. The bluest blues you’ll ever see it’s awesome everywhere you look.

Photographs of Sunrise, Sunsets and the Ocean part 1

Rainbow Fall on Big Island

Rainbow Falls on Big Island

Sunset at ewa Beach

Sunset at ewa Beach

Feb in Hawaii

Feb in Hawaii

Diamond Head

Diamond Head

Surfer at North Shore

Surfer at North Shore

Big island whale watching Feb 2013

Big island whale watching Feb 2013

Rainbow at Ewa Beach

Rainbow at Ewa Beach

Beautiful Hawaii

Beautiful Hawaii

Something special about the ocean. Walk along the shoreline each day and find new shells and creatures. It’s always changing and yet always constant and I find it healing. Its open and refreshing. Here are some photographs that I just happen to get along the way while in the Hawaiian Islands that I hope you enjoy.

Book Titles by Carol Dabney

Children's Christmas Story

Children’s Christmas Story

Children's picture poetry book about military life

Children’s picture poetry book about military life

Thanksgiving story for children

Thanksgiving story for children

children's adventure book

children’s adventure book

children's adventure book

children’s adventure book

children's adventure book

children’s adventure book

children's book

children’s book

Biography military love story for adults

Biography military love story for adults

Noah on the farm

Noah on the farm


Reading for children is one of the most rewarding things in the world. They love to be read to. They love new books. I enjoy their questions and comments about books I am in the process of writting and have added many times because of their imput. I hope the books I write and will write and read for children will be enjoyed for a long time to come. I hope my books teach children in a fun way all about nature, sceince, history, fantasy, adventure and faith. I hope I inspire parents to continue an age old tradition of reading bedtime stories to they children every night, and that my stories are included and that mine are among the ones that children ask for again and again. I am working on The Animals Used By God book series. I am the illustrator and co-author and also planning to have audiobooks with music for preschoolers to enjoy. I will have many other surprise details about these faith-based stories soon. I am truly excited about them and I know young readers will be inspired by their message. From my house to yours, may God shine upon you today -Carol Dabney