Summer Programs of 2017

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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.

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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.

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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







Golfing at the library with Mr. Rod! That’s right. July 12 Summer Event for Kids!!!

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.

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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

Library Events

Tuesday July 11 Carol Dabney and Cindy Reyes will be reading in English and Spanish and sing songs at the Maumelle Public Library at 10:30am Reading of “Bows and Butterflies” a story about a caterpillar who has big dreams to fly. Singing fun children’s songs. Come join the fun. free event

Click the link above and that a closer look. You can order the book too.

Cindy, Rod and I have produced an audiobook that we read to children on CD with music. Families listen to the stories in their cars. A parents best friend on a trip to run errands around town or drive on a long vacation trip. Gift idea for birthdays.

Click the link above and you can take a look at the audio book and song

Hope to see some of you this summer at libraries and kid events we are scheduled at: Free events. Thanks for your support by buying out books and music online

July 11 Tuesday 10:30am Muamelle Public Library

July 12 Wednesday 10:30am at the Jacksonville Public Library

July 14 Friday at 10:30 Hawaiian fun at 10 Fitness Rodney Parham Little Rock

July 18 Tuesday 10am at the Clinton’s Children’s Library Little Rock

Have a great summer! -Carol


June Music and fun 2017

It’s summertime 2017 and Rod and I are in full swing of singing at Hawaiian luaus and libraries. Joining us is Cindy Reyes and my daughter Michelle.

Recording four new songs this year. “Nothings Better Than You”, a love song that Rod composed for his sister Sally’s wedding,  “Joshua”, and “I Will Follow” for the Martindale Animals Used by God series and a very special lullaby.

Also adding three new books of the Animals Used by God series: “Digger, the Dog Used by God”, “Mia, the Mouse Used by God”, and “The Christmas Animals Used by God.” I attended the 72nd Arkansas Writers Conference in Little Rock June 3. I will be a speaker next year and talk about my illustrations, audio-books and music. I have now illustrated for five other Arkansas children’s authors: Everett O. Martindale, Dale Black, Donna Watkins, Linda Pennington Black, and Rod Ragsdale, and one author from out of state, Donna Walker.

click on link above to find my stories and musical audio-books. Kids enjoy listening in the car. Some are in both Spanish and English. In fact three of my stories “Lilly, the Lamb Used by God” “Wanda, the Whale Used by God ” and “Pablo, the Donkey Used by God” and are on their way with missionaries to be shared with children of three different Spanish speaking countries. I love that!


I teach music throughout the year at St. Mark’s and now teaching summer school till noon. In the afternoons Rod and I head out to sing for senior citizen communities.

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Here’s another thing I love. Rod tuning senior residents guitars for them. What a nice thing to do.

Then back in the studio to finish up our summer project. You can find our music and books on then type my name in the search.

Thanks for reading. Till July when I can share some fun pictures of Rod as he turns into a Christmas in July Santa. Oh its happening!!! We love themed parties to sing for.

See you at the Libraries for some kids music and storytime:

Whole Foods Little Rock – kids Story hour Friday June 23 at 10am

Maumelle Library 10:30 Tuesday July 11.

Jacksonville Library 10:30 Wednesday July 12

Clinton Children’s Library 10am Tuesday July 18

10 Fitness Kids Hawaiian Luau Rodney Parham Friday July 14




Springtime music 2017

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.

Golfing with Santa – a child’s adventure

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.


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.


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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.


Happy Thanksgiving

The weather is changing, the leaves are falling and it has that holiday feeling in the air. It just all happens so fast. In October Halloween was fun and our school has Miss Pickle Witch who serves pickles with stories in the library. I am reading my  Happy Pumpkin Patch at various schools and selling my little books at fall festivals.


Pumpkins are everywhere and they are beautiful.

In November Mr. Rod comes to share stories for Veteran’s Day at our school and we also went to Whole Food Kid’s Club this year and a few others schools. He talks about his submarine while he served in the navy. We sing patriotic songs and wave flags. We love singing patriotic songs. We are blessed to be American.

That means that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. My Happy Pumpkin, Patch is still being read to welcome in this wonderful holiday. It is about how to plant pumpkins and take care of them, how to make a jack-o-lantern and make healthy treats.

The book  is about having faith, and patience. It’s about a pilgrim named Jack, and how he protects his one pumpkin so when it has grown big he can share the many seeds with all his nieghbors so years to come all others will be able to have pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving Day.


How the pilgrims and Indians celebrated harvest time and Thanksgiving. This book for very young children is good for reading as a family before eating your Thanksgiving meal. It’s in poetic form the whole family will enjoy. I illustrated with very simple watercolor artwork. Get the book, bring it out and read it every year from Halloween to Thanksgiving. Thank you for your support.

Yes, I love reading my stories at schools, classrooms or assemblies. I read at festivals and libraries and churches and would love to come to your program. Let me know.

Be the pumpkin.

Happy Thanksgiving to all. Make a Jack-O-Lantern smile, share and eat the seeds and pumpkin pie, Be thankful and be a blessing. -Carol