Rod Ragsdale and Carol Dabney play music for children’s hour at the Hillary Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center
Carol Dabney and Rod Ragsdale will be playing music during children’s story hour Monday August 3 and Monday August 10th at 10am and 11am Summer Children’s programs at the Hillary Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Dabney and Ragsdale compose and record music and audiobooks for children. They also teach music on request guitar, piano, harmonica and ukulele. They sing at private birthday parties, luaus and special events.
Children enjoy interactive music time with Carol Dabney and Rod Ragsdale June 30
children singing and dancing with Miss Carol
Carol Dabney and Rod Ragsdale having fun playing music for children
Carol Dabney and Rod Ragsdale having fun playing games during story hour at the Children’s Library June 30, 2015
Carol Dabney and Rod Ragsdale will be playing interactive music with children again August 3 and August 10th and 10am and 11am at the Hillary Clinton Children’s Library.
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.
Books, ukulele and Harold travel to the Sgt Yano Library march 6 2013
Twas The Mouse Before Christmas available fall 2013
At Sgt Yano Library March 2013. Farm animal theme, so I read Noah on the Farm adventure book, and introduced Harold, my cute little Christmas mouse and the newest children’s holiday bedtime storybook Twas The Mouse Before Christmas available this fall 2013 on Amazon.com and pre-orders by at my online shop carol Dabney at Etsy.com
Harold travels in the rolling suitcase along with all my books and ukulele to libraries and schools. The kids already love Harold, and wanted their picture with him and I, and I signed autographs on my postcards. Great turn out. Thanks Terry and Schofield Barracks. My third year in a row to read. started with Military Mommy in 2010.
All my books and music available at http://www.amazon.com or https://www.amazon.com/author/dabneycdbooks
Please go and check all my adventure books and look for two new holiday books this fall
“The Happy Pumpkin, Patch” for Thanksgiving and “Twas The Mouse Before Christmas” children’s bedtime stories. Once you order and read my books please return and write a readers review. Thanks -Carol Dabney
Women and young moms in the United States National Guard basic training at Fort Jackson SC 2006
Noah waiting for his mom to come home from boot camp
Poem, a tribute to Veteran soldiers
published in the Military Hertitage Magazine in 2011
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