Meet the Author

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Carol Hair Moore

Carol’s warm and loving story of her animal friends’ relationships reflects her life-long love of animals and her years of living on a farm and spending her days at St. Teresa Beach. She raised her family in the North Florida country with the animal friends, and others, presented in her stories. Each of the five books in her series, I Wish You Ice Cream and Cake, is designed to educate and instill in her readers a desire to be kind and compassionate. Marvin the Magnificent Nubian Goat, Busy Bumble Bee Rides the Waves, Ruby Kate’s Scrumptious Tea Cake Party, Papa Mole’s Secrets of Happiness, and her newest book, Friends Who Sparkle Like the Stars, are all beautifully illustrated by Michael Harrell.

With a B.S. in Elementary Education from Florida State University, Carol taught second grade and now spends her time coordinating school visits, book festivals and caring for her loving family. Carol lives in Tallahassee, Florida with her husband, Edgar Murray Moore, Sr. They have three married children, six grandsons and one granddaughter.

Of her passion for writing children’s books, Carol says, “If I have encouraged children in some small way to be loving, honest, kind, and to treat others with compassion, then I have done what God has guided me to do.”

Carol’s books have recently been added to the library in the Florida House on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.

Carol, what a joy to see you in Fernandina. Your presentation of the newest book around our cozy table-for-twelve in the King George Suite couldn't have been more informative or more charming — just like… Read More

Gail Gillespie Kitchens

Happiness is found in many ways. Papa Mole had three secrets of happiness that were meaningful to him. Let’s learn about them! The fourth volume in Carol Moore’s highly engaging series of children’s books, Papa… Read More

Dr. Bruce Bickley, Professor of English, Emeritus
Florida State University
All four books are delightful to read aloud, fun to look at (a la The Wind in the Willows, Harrell depicts beavers in bib overalls, indigo snakes sporting cravats, and black bears in party frocks), and jam-packed with information on topics as diverse as the natural history of the local white squirrel, traditional uses for saw palmetto berries, loggerhead turtle conservation, and proper tea party etiquette.… Read More
Dale Julian
Owner - Downtown Books and Pearl in Apalachicola, Florida

Meet the Illustrator

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Michael Harrell

Michael Harrell is a native of Tallahassee, Florida. He received a B.F.A from the University of Georgia in 1989. Harrell’s seascape and landscape paintings can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the U.S. and abroad. His oils and watercolors have been featured in many national publications, including American Artist Watercolor Magazine, American Art Collector, and The Artist’s Magazine. More than a dozen top galleries represent Harrell’s work and, in 2004, The Artist’s Magazine listed Michael Harrell as one of the top 20 artists in the United States to watch. Michael Harrell’s clients have included American Express, Paramount Pictures, Seaside, and the Mystic Seaport Museum. Michael is represented by The Gallery On Greene, Key West, Morris & Whiteside Galleries in Hilton Head, and The Sylvan Gallery in Charleston.