Carol Dabney children’s author and singer will be reading and singing with sister Cindy Reyes in English and Spanish for several Library Summer 2015 fun reading programs
Bows and Butterflies by Carol Dabney in English and Spanish. Spanish by Cindy Reyes
Saturday June 6 at the Hillary Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center from 10-noon. Local Author Roundup. story time, music, arts and craft. 4800 West 10th Street Little Rock Arkansas 501-978-3870
My story time and singing team Rod Ragsdale, Cindy Reyes and myself at a children’s event in Little Rock
June 30 children’s story hour at 10am at Hillary Clinton Children’s Library.
Children’s Author and Illustrator of Bows and Butterflies Carol Dabney
Wednesday July 15 at the Nixon Library 703 West Main Street in Jacksonville Arkansas story hour at 10:30am
Carol Dabney introducing Carlos the caterpillar who wants to fly
Tuesday July 28 at the Williams Library in Little Rock 1800 Chester Street at 10:30am story hour
Speaking for the young author workshop in Little Rock 2015
I will be reading and singing for a meet the author event with several other local authors at the Hillary Clinton Children’s library Saturday June 6 from 10-noon. Mark your calendars if you live near by and have children that love to go to the library for story hour, music, crafts and snacks. They will be allowing me to sell and autograph books with your child’s name at this event. That’s new. So if you have been wanting my newest spring book “Bows and Butterflies” about Carlos the Caterpillar, this is the place. See a butterfly habitat and learn about the stages of a butterfly’s life. A special friendship with Jane who encourages Carlos to believe in his dreams to fly. Hear a new song “On The Wings of Dreams” composed by Donna Watkins and Rod Ragsdale.
Bows and Butterflies by Carol Dabney in English and Spanish. Spanish by Cindy Reyes
New 2015 book Bows and Butterflies by Carol Dabney
Speaking for the young author workshop in Little Rock April 2015
My story time and singing team Rod Ragsdale, Cindy Reyes and myself at a children’s event in Little Rock.
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
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
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
Why WE Walk written to help children understand the Alzheimer’s Disease by Carol Dabney… New book 2015…
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
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
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
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
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
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
My grand daughter Aliyah Jane and I at St Mark’s School where I teach music
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.
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
Hula at the library
Summer time story time in California
Hula and song
Summer time in Jackson
Cannon Ball Run display
Hawaiian Programs Summer 2014
Hawaii library program Summer 2014
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 schools across Hawaii with the Read Aloud America program
reading in classrooms
Classroom readings across the country
Author Singer gives patriotic presentation at Don Roberts Elementary about American Soldiers
Singer – author Carol Dabney visits schools in the Hawaiian Islands from Jan to march 2013 to present her Patriotic program and share a preview of her new holiday books coming this fall. Students at Hale Kula Army Barracks and Stg Yano Library children’s story hour, Kaumana Keikiland, and Ewa Beach Elementary’s Read Aloud America all enjoyed Harold the Christmas Mouse in “Twas The Mouse Before Christmas” “The Happy Pumpkin, Patch” and “Military Mommy” (pictures provided with permission
Author and singer Carol Dabney reads for Army families in Hawaii March 2013
Author Carol Dabney reads her new bedtime storybook “Twas The Mouse before Christmas” for a classroom at Hale Kula in Feb (6 months before it’s launch date) and introduces Harold, the adorable mouse who stars in the book. He was a big hit with the kids.
Students meet Harold, author Carol Dabney’s Christmas Mouse in her new bedtime Christmas book, “Twas The Mouse Before Christmas”. Learning about writing and illustrations.
Author and singer Carol Dabney using her ukulele to sing “Imagine That America” and a few other fun songs for students at hale kula school March 2013
Lt Melissa Dabney when she was just a cadet graduating from bootcamp in 2006. Her son, Noah came to help her celebrate and show her that he was walking.
Another Military Mommy stops by at the school to pick up her children and enjoys reading Military Mommy
Author Carol Dabney read to students at Schofield Army Barracks about her grandson Noah, who now attends Hale Kula, about his own true story “Military Mommy”
Thanksgiving holiday bedtime story by author illustrator Carol Dabney for elementary school age children. The Happy Pumpkin, Patch about sharing… to be published this fall. Shared a preview with classes at Hale Kula classes.
Learning sign-language to God Bless America
Janet, Hale Kula Librian. Love this wonderful lady. She became my good friend and had a hand in helping me produce “The Happy Pumpkin, Patch” Jan-March 2013
Playing ukulele at Hale Kula School
“Christmas In Your Heart” song produced in the Hawaiian Islands. Composer and Recording Artist Carol Dabney, arranged by Alwyn Erub. on the Picture of You album. available at https://www.amazon.com/author/dabneycdbooks and CdBaby.com
From Janurary through the month of March 2013 I read from classroom to classroom in the Hawaiian Islands. Hale Kula at Schofield Army base in Oahu, and Kaumana Keikiland in Hilo. I read with the Read Aloud America program at Ewa Beach Elementary.
I wanted to thank all the teachers for asking me to read for their classrooms. Thank you also to all the children who wrote cards of thanks to me along with their own artwork.
Every classroom has their own personality set mostly by the teacher in the way she helps her students learn, enjoy and deals with discipline. It’s not easy being a teacher. I know I have been a sub teacher and a resource teacher for over 20 years. Oh the things that can happen when you enter the world of children. I read and I sing a veteran song on my ukulele and show them how to do sign language to “God Bless America”.
I presented my story of Military Mommy at the Army base at Hale Kula school and shared about my grandson Noah and his mom and what its like to be a military family. Of course no child at Hale Kula is a stranger to military life. Some of them have moms, some have dads and yet others have both parents in the military. I express how important the children of military families are. The sacrifice and committment to their American Soldier is their contribution to our country, and they should be proud. The book Military Mommy is about my daughter LT Melissa Dabney and her son. It begins when she leaves for bootcamp at Fort Jackson South Carolina in the summer of 2006. I sent her a picture of Noah every day for 12 weeks. She missed his first steps and his first birthday. Sacrifice, its a big part of an American Soldiers life, as well as their families. The cover photo is of Cadet Melissa Dabney graduating from bootcamp and her getting to see Noah walk for the first time. Then she headed off to AIT for 27 more weeks. At the end of that she returned to Arkansas and finished college, graduating and commissioned a second lieutenant. Then she Noah and I headed off to their first duty station in Hawaii.
I have to say a high praise to the transitional teacher Kelley Jeans and other transitional counselors for helping Noah cope with all the changes of moving from his southern roots to the Pacific Islands. They help children on a daily bases who are coming into the base. With the military, the kids are moving around alot, and it’s tough. Noah and I walked 30 minutes to school every day and walked past Army tanks at the Tropical Lighting Museum, as well as soldiers marching in Army gear. We created the Military Mommy story together on those walks. I read at the schools about Noah, at the end they will often asked, “Where is Noah now?” well he is in second grade at Hale Kula. Because of those questions I wrote a series called “The Adventures of Noah” Cadet Dabney has been LT Dabney and working as rear support for the unit while they went Afghanistan. Soon Melissa will be captain and she and Noah will be moving to their next duty station.
I got alot of great advise from Hale Kula’s librarian Janet. She and I just hit it off and she suggested a smaller chapter book size for my newest holiday Thanksgiving bedtime story book “The Happy Pumpkin, Patch”
I brought my little Christmas mouse into the classrooms to showed the children my Christmas book “Twas The Mouse Before Christmas” Harold was a hit! In Fact the children asked me to read it, so I previewed the story in Feb (6 months before the launch date) Imagine that, Christmas in Feb. it was fun for all. The kids loved touching Harold and taking pictures wuth Harold too. When I left I received mail asking me, “How is Harold doing?”
Harold came to me at my sister’s cabin in Northern California during Christmas time and he was sitting next to my bed stand when I woke up one morning. It was snowing outside my window and it was magical. My sister barbara and I helped Harold bake the chocolate chip cookie recipe that is in the back of the book and I must say they turned out delicious. The book is bilingual written in Spanish, translated by my sister in law Cindy Reyes. The book also has a wonderfully fun original Christmas song I released several years ago. The song “Christmas in your Heart” is doing well in Europe and plays in Germany all year round. It’s very exciting.
I retunred back to the studio in Honolulu to record audiobooks of my Christmas bedtime storybook with old friend arranger Alwyn Erub, who will be the musician and engineer on the project.