writing new music for kids part 2

Carol Dabney teacher, musician, author

…is composing new music for children to enjoy and learn from. Her music videos can be seen on YouTube at Dabohana. Share and Subscribe.

Story behind the song, “You’re My Friend” was just one of the songs written to accompany her newest storybook “Butterfly Dreams, A Friendship takes Flight” published by Et Alia Press. The story is about friendship and encouragement. Helping a friend believe in their dreams through difficult times.

Carol is a preschool music teacher that always wants to nurture friendships among her students. The meaning of friendship. How to cherish the value of friendship. How to be a friend. How to encourage a friend even if they are very different, (such as in her storybook.)

Butterfly Dreams, A friendship Takes Flight – A bedtime story for young children is available on Amazon, or look for discounts by going to https://www.etaliapress.com/authors#/carol-dabney/

Raised on a farm in Arkansas… is a music teacher at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Day School in Little Rock.

You’re my Friend

“I’m so glad you’re my friend. Call you on the phone anytime to talk. Let’s go fishing or just take a walk. I’m so glad you’re my friend. I’m so glad you’re my friend. You push me on the swing so I can reach the ski. Always by my side when something makes me cry. I’m so glad you’re my friend. “

One of the watercolor illustrations used in her storybook, Butterfly Dreams, A Friendship Takes Flight. Watercolor artwork by Carol Dabney

Carol is Face-timing with grandchildren and Zooming with students having tea time sing along songs and storytime. Staying connected and building the bonds of friendship even while the Coronavirus Pandemic has us sheltering at home.

Anyone can hear the stories and songs anytime on her YouTube channel on dabohana https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDluLLAyEJVzyrsCelEjvDw

Tea Time story and song with Miss Carol
Butterflies and Honeybees song
Storybook Butterfly Dreams, A Friendship Takes Flight
Butterfly Dreams

We all have dreams, but what if they are too big?

After Lily-Jane helps her grandmother build a butterfly habitat, a close look at a caterpillar’s spots sends her stumbling in disbelief. “Me llamo Carlos,” says the charming little caterpillar, and an extraordinary friendship is born. But when Carlos becomes trapped in his chrysalis, his dream of wings seems more out of reach than ever before.

As readers discover the tremendous power of encouraging words to nurture a friend past paralyzing self-doubt even when it means letting them go to fulfill their destiny, Carlos learns whether friendship and faith are enough to help him soar on the wings of a dream that may be just the right size.

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Butterfly Dreams is ideal for classroom readings as students await butterflies emerging from their chrysalises as well as celebrations on the big day when butterflies are released into the sky to migrate south. It is also the perfect gift for coming of age, when a friend moves away, or any time someone needs an extra nudge of encouragement to dream big.

Grandsons Aaron and Benny enjoy the story at bedtime.
YouTube Carol Dabney Dabohana

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May you be blessed with friendship.

Summer Reading program at Williams library

Reading and music at Williams Library

Reading and music at Williams Library

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

Rod Ragsdale and his harmonica

Rod Ragsdale and his harmonica

dancing hula with the girls

dancing hula with the girls

Monarch Butterflies migrate to Mexico story time reading Bows and Butterflies

Monarch Butterflies migrate to Mexico story time reading Bows and Butterflies

Sing along

Sing along

Carol Dabney and Rod Ragsdale

Carol Dabney and Rod Ragsdale

Love is Like Glue song

Love is Like Glue song

So music fun

So music fun

talking story together

talking story together

trying on Hawaiian leis and Mexican sombreros

trying on Hawaiian leis and Mexican sombreros

Only in our imagination can we go from Hawaii to Mexico in 30 minutes

Only in our imagination can we go from Hawaii to Mexico in 30 minutes

Rod sharing a joke upclose

Rod sharing a joke upclose

My story time and singing team Rod Ragsdale, Cindy Reyes and myself at a children's event in Little Rock

My reading team Rod Ragsdale, Cindy Reyes and myself at a children’s library event in Little Rock

Cindy Reyes has translated Bows and Butterflies in the beautiful Spanish language and it is in both the book and children can hear the bilingual story of Bows and Butterflies on the audiobook music CD as well.

Children's authors Donna Watkins and Carol Dabney working together on audiobook adventures for children.

Children’s authors Donna Watkins and Carol Dabney working together on audiobook adventures for children.

Donna Watkins wrote the words to On The Wings of Dreams for her story The Duck Adventures of Cheese and Quackers

Rod Ragsdale composed the music and we recorded the music at Blue Chair Recording Studio. Donna’s song went so well with my story Bows and Butterflies that she is sharing this beautiful song on my audiobook as well as hers. Her audiobook will be published soon. Go to Amazon.com and look at Donna Watkins children’s books.

Bows and Butterflies is a book and an audiobook with a song by Donna Watkins called On The Wings Of Dreams... recorded by Rod and Carol  find it online at amazon   write in the search box Carol Dabney music to find the audiobook story and song.

Bows and Butterflies is a book and an audiobook with a song by Donna Watkins called On The Wings Of Dreams… recorded by Rod and Carol find it online at amazon write in the search box Carol Dabney music to find the audiobook story and song.

http://www.amazon.com/Bows-Butterflies-Carol-Dabney-Ragsdale/dp/B012PN8DWG/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1439045959&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=Carol+Dabney+music

Now children can listen to our stories and music as you drive in the car, on the way to school, on a trip. Read along with our books or just listen. Its fun and educational. Bows and Butterflies – book or audiobook CD. Your support helps us continue our work as local authors, artist and musicians.

We have enjoyed entertaining reading stories and playing music with children this summer at many libraries around the Little Rock area. If you have a party or event for children and want us to sing, read a fun story, and want to encourage children to read more, we can bring and sign our books personally to your children and its a gift your can give to each child at the end of the party that they can have in their home library. connect by emailing us at carol.dabney@yahoo.com

Bows and Butterflies for Spring 2015

Bows and Butterflies is here for Spring 2015. A story about a little girl who creates a butterfly habitat with milkweed plants and butterfly houses, befriends a caterpillar named Carlos. Carlos has lots of personality and a big dream to fly. Children will be entertained while learning the stages of a butterfly’s life. Learn about the metamorphosis from egg to butterfly and the migration of the Monarchs. Go through emotional ups and downs with Carlos as Jane encourages him to believe in his dreams. Sold online at Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Bows-Butterflies-Carol-Dabney/dp/1508750939/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427038326&sr=1-1&keywords=Bows+and+Butterflies

Bows and Butterflies by Carol Dabney in English and Spanish. Spanish by Cindy Reyes

Bows and Butterflies by Carol Dabney in English and Spanish. Spanish by Cindy Reyes

Through The Looking Glass with Kinia

Through The Looking Glass with Kinia. She will be interviewing Carol Dabney about children's book Saturday March 7, at 7pm Eastern time out of Atlanta.

Through The Looking Glass with Kinia. She will be interviewing Carol Dabney about children’s book Saturday March 7, at 7pm Eastern time out of Atlanta.

Kinia and her radio program Through the Looking Glass will be talking with Carol Dabney

Kinia and her radio program Through the Looking Glass will be talking with Carol Dabney

Radio interview with Carol Dabney by Kinia Colbert out of Atlanta Through The Looking Glass Saturday night program March 7, 2015  at 7 Eastern time

Radio interview with Carol Dabney by Kinia Colbert out of Atlanta Through The Looking Glass Saturday night program March 7, 2015 at 7 Eastern time

Growing Bows and Butterflies  - new 2015 children's story book about butterflies  by Carol Dabney

Growing Bows and Butterflies – new 2015 children’s story book about butterflies by Carol Dabney

Why WE Walk written to help children understand  the Alzheimer's Disease by Carol Dabney... New book 2015...

Why WE Walk written to help children understand the Alzheimer’s Disease by Carol Dabney… New book 2015…

author, illustrator and composer Carol Dabney

author, illustrator and composer Carol Dabney

I am so excited to be as to a guest on Through The Looking Glass radio show this coming Saturday night with Kinia Colbert. I have some new children’s books in the works: “Growing Bows and Butterflies” about a caterpillar named Carlos who has lots of personality and big dreams. We watch Carlos go through the many stages of a butterfly’s life from egg to the beautiful winged creature migrating to Mexico for the winter. This story has a wonderful song that goes with it, written by wordsmith Donna Watkins and composer Rod Ragsdale called “On The Wings Of Dreams” We have all become a team this past year working on several stories about winged creatures such as honeybees, birds and butterflies.

Also new this Spring is “Why We Walk” a book for young children to help them understand the Alzheimer’s Disease. Many of my stories are bilingual translated by Cindy Reyes, which adds an enriching cultural experience to young children. We read all fall and straight through Christmas all around the Little Rock area and the children enjoyed our interactive programs which now has stuffed animals and puppets and of course music.

With Spanish teacher Cindy Reyes

With Spanish teacher Cindy Reyes

I am very excited to be working at Blue Chair Recording Studio with musician Rod Ragsdale who has helped composed several songs for our Animals Used By God Series created by Everett O. Martindale and myself. These books will be audiobooks with songs. Rod adds guitar and harmonica as well as vocals to our presentations.

musician Rod Ragsdale

musician Rod Ragsdale

with Musician Rod Ragsdale

with Musician Rod Ragsdale

One of our most exciting events was presenting Christmas music and Twas The Mouse before Christmas at the Arkansas State Capital at their annual Christmas Tree Lighting in December.

With Spanish teacher Cindy Reyes

With Spanish teacher Cindy Reyes

Twas The Mouse Before Christmas

Twas The Mouse Before Christmas

Events coming up is a children’s writers workshop at the children’s library Monday afternoon March 23.
Saturday March 28 is the Central Arkansas Fiction Writers meeting. Other authors such as Heather Sutherlin and others in this writers group have pulled together sharing ideas and helping each other. I love Indie Publishers writers and illustrators.
Saturday April 11 we will be presenting a story and song for the Junior League Little Readers Rocks at the Children’s Library.
I will be attending the Craighead County Author Fair in Jonesboro April 18 and NEA Writers meeting with Linda Nance and Donna Watkins. So many people helped me learn along the way.
St Paul Public Library has invited me to read for their summer reading program June 13.
and a Meet the Author event Saturday June 20 at the Hillary Clinton Children’s Library in Little Rock

I received a contract from Mockingbird Lane Press this week, to look over for them to become my publishers, for my father’s biography “Dance Me Home.” It was endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Association last year and featured in Senior Moments Magazine. Editor Dustin Hood introduced me at a Barnes and Nobles meet the author event last August.

Northeast Arkansas Writers Linda Nance and Donna Watkins  supportive writers at Barnes and Nobles meet the author event hosted by editor Dustin Hood Senior Moment magazine

Northeast Arkansas Writers Linda Nance and Donna Watkins supportive writers at Barnes and Nobles meet the author event hosted by editor Dustin Hood Senior Moment magazine

I illustrated pictured for children’s author Dale Black for his Amanda Adventures and then Donna Watkins asked me to illustrate for honeybee book while we were recording the song for her project. I love illustrating for my author friends. I have a fun time getting to know the characters to their stories this way. They become apart of me. I have cute little bees and butterflies and a bunch of stuffed animals that go with my stories all over my apt. It makes my life colorful.

We loved reading for school assemblies

We loved reading for school assemblies

I returned from my trip to Hawaii in August. I Read for the military children at Schofield Barracks and Sgt Yano Library on base and then at the Amador County Library “Paws To Read” summer reading program in California on my journey home. Great trip. My family sisters and children have been such an inspiration to me and helped me with photography and promotions and editing and losing weight. Hugs to you all. My daughter was deployed and I brought back and kept her two year old daughter Aliyah Jane while she was gone overseas for 3 months. What a kick that girl is!!! That’s when I began writing those stories about a little girl named Jane in the storybook “Growing Bows” All those adorable girls at school wearing huge bows in their hair. Southern Bells who wear bows. I could not resist a story.

Hula and song at Amador County Library  Califonia

Hula and song at Amador County Library Califonia

My grand daughter Aliyah Jane and I at St Mark's School where I teach music

My grand daughter Aliyah Jane and I at St Mark’s School where I teach music

hula is for everyone

hula is for everyone

Cindy, Rod and I had a few birthday parties and luaus along the way as well and a couple more recording sessions to finish our work for Spring. Everett is still coming up with animals. Rod is a sweetheart and has some great ideas of his own that we have started putting together. More to share later. The end of 2014 and beginning of 2015 has been an exciting time so far and now looking forward to my interview with Kinia.

You can find all my books and music on http://www.amazon.com

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

I would love it if you listen to THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS radio show with Kinia Cobert this Saturday March 7, at 7 and call in…

If you have read one of my books please leave a review on amazon for others readers

http://www.amazon.com/Pablo-Donkey-Used-God-Childrens/dp/1484939182/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Thank you so much Carol Dabney

It’s Pumpkin Time Again!!!

Children's books The Happy Pumpkin, Patch and Growing Bows

Children’s books The Happy Pumpkin, Patch and Growing Bows

Arkansas Cotton Festival at Scott’s Plantation Saturday Oct 4 all day event. Hay rides, baked goods, pumpkins, BBQ, live music and more. Pioneer atmosphere.

Children's author Carol Dabney

Children’s author Carol Dabney

Introducing new story, Growing Bows. A chapter book for young children who love to be read to.

Introducing new story, Growing Bows. A chapter book for young children who love to be read to.

New Book available now on Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Growing-Bows-childrens-storybook-sunflowers/dp/1496028090/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1412367667&sr=1-1&keywords=Growing+Bows