Meet the Author


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.

Thank you so much for the adorable books!! We love your stories. Your books are truly classics to be saved and handed down through the generations. Thanks to your sweet Ruby Kate's Scrumptious Tea Cake… Read More

Carol Long

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
As a teacher and grandmother, I found Carol Moore’s books to be the perfect way to engage my students and my grandchildren in developing a love of reading. The delightful stories of the animal friends capture the attention of even the youngest children and the valuable life lessons provide a starting point for many discussions about kindness, friendship, compassion and diversity. … Read More
Sunny Saunders, Coordinator of Consumer Education and Family Engagement
Office of Early Learning, Florida Department of Education

Meet the Illustrator


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.


Linda Grady

Linda Grady is a self taught artist and has lived in Tallahassee since 1994. She received a B.S. Degree in Clothing and textile design from Florida State University in 1988 with a minor in Business. Linda is a painter, illustrator and graphic designer skilled in several different mediums. Her clients include Florida State University School of Business, Holy Comforter Episcopal School, as well as private clients and small businesses. In addition, she has taught middle school art at Holy Comforter Episcopal School. Linda has exhibited her work in Tallahassee City Hall, St. Peters Episcopal Church, Lemoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival and Tallahassee Nursery Artisans in the Gardens. Her paintings have also been featured in several restaurants and businesses in Tallahassee, Florida and Thomasville, Georgia.