Scott Plantation Settlement Fall Festival 2015

Carol Dabney and Rod Ragsdale books, music and Pumpkin watercolor art

Carol Dabney and Rod Ragsdale books, music and Pumpkin watercolor art. Tis the season to read pumpkin books.

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Rod Ragsdale and his book booth of The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course

Rod Ragsdale and his book booth of The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course. Golf for children is a great family sport.

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Carol Dabney cooking up something good for pioneer days at Scott's Pioneer Settlement

Carol Dabney cooking up something good for pioneer days at Scott’s Pioneer Settlement

Carol Dabney singing for the folks at the Scott's fall festival

Carol Dabney singing for the folks at the Scott’s fall festival

Rod Ragsdale playing his guitar and harmonica at the Plantation Festival 2015

Rod Ragsdale playing his guitar and harmonica at the Plantation Festival 2015

Playing our music. Original songs, plus country and gospel and patriotic music

Playing our music. Original songs, plus country and gospel and patriotic music

We got some local honey

We got some local honey

We admired local handsewn quilts

We admired local handsewn quilts

tasted honey butter freshly churnned

tasted honey butter freshly churnned

Canned goods by local gardeners

Canned goods by local gardeners

There was Hayrides for the kids. Viewed other nteresting automobiles of the past

There was Hayrides for the kids. Viewed other nteresting automobiles of the past

The beautiful white cotton grows in the south

The beautiful white cotton grows in the south

The baked goods were amazing

The baked goods were amazing

Blacksmith demonstration was really neat

Blacksmith demonstration was really neat

tours of the train station and about the cotton and other older buildings

tours of the train station and about the cotton and other older buildings

pioneer homes on the settlement in Scott Arkansas

pioneer homes on the settlement in Scott Arkansas

making something sweet naturally

making something sweet naturally

Of course there was a horse

Of course there was a horse

My cotton field watercolor painting

My cotton field watercolor painting

My pup and pumpkin watercolor painting

My pup and pumpkin watercolor painting. I will be reading the Happy Pumpkin, Patch story at the Good Earth Garden Center Pooches and Pumpkins Festival on Cantrell in Little Rock Arkansas Oct 17 2015 from 11-3 

Pumpkin books by local children's authors

Pumpkin books by local children’s authors

My watercolor pumpkins

My watercolor pumpkins

My Razorback Arkansas watercolor (Sold)

My Razorback Arkansas watercolor (Sold)

Rod Ragsdale book one of The Adventures of Andrew on the golf course 2015

Rod Ragsdale book one of The Adventures of Andrew on the golf course 2015

My Golf watercolor art

My Golf watercolor art

Rod Ragsdale book art by Carol Dabney

Rod Ragsdale book art by Carol Dabney

Scott Plantation Settlement Fall Festival

Scott Plantation Settlement Fall Festival

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

Summer Music Programs at Clinton’s Children’s Library

Rod Ragsdale and Carol Dabney play music for children's hour at the Hillary Clinton Children's Library and Learning Center

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 enjoy interactive music time with Carol Dabney and Rod Ragsdale June 30

children singing and dancing with Miss Carol

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 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 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 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.

http://www.amazon.com/author/dabneycdbooks

Summer Reading Fun 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Speaking for the young author workshop in Little Rock 2015

Hey Kids, Meet Carlos the Caterpillar!!!

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

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

New 2015 book  Bows and Butterflies by Carol Dabney

New 2015 book Bows and Butterflies by Carol Dabney

Speaking for the young author workshop in Little Rock April 2015

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

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

Alzheimer’s Kick-off

The Arkansas chapter had their 2015 kick-off banquet May 6 at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock. The announcement was made that this years Walk for the cure will be held Saturday Oct 17.

These women surrounding me do all the work to make these events happen.  Thanks to Jane Gunter for inviting Rod and I to sing.

These women surrounding me do all the work to make these events happen. Thanks to Jane Gunter for inviting Rod and I to sing.

Why We Walk is a children's book I have written and illustrated about Alzheimer's that I will be reading at area schools next fall.

Why We Walk is a children’s book I have written and illustrated about Alzheimer’s that I will be reading at area schools next fall.

Rod and I sang

Rod and I sang “I’m in Purple” a song composed by Rod reflecting my children’s story “Why We Walk” for the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Little Rock community gathers to plan Alzheimer's awareness. Rod and I sang during the event.

The Little Rock community gathers to plan Alzheimer’s awareness. Rod and I sang during the event.

I have been asked to be the speaker for the June 11 2015 Alzheimer's Gala to be held in Northeast Arkansas. I will be introducing my book Why We Walk in detail and singing the Alzheimer's Song.

I have been asked to be the speaker for the June 11 2015 Alzheimer’s Gala to be held in Northeast Arkansas. I will be introducing my book Why We Walk in detail and singing the Alzheimer’s Song.

for more information contact Jane Gunter or Sherry Pearce at Alz.org
Join us in the walk to find a cure

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