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In the News and Reviews

IdeaStations (PBS Radio)
"Olly Explores 7 Wonders of the Chesapeake Bay, written by Elaine Ann Allen and illustrated
by Kelli Nash, is an age-appropriate and fun way to introduce young children to the
marvels of the Chesapeake Bay and its wildlife, infrastructure and history. With the curious
Olly the Oyster who is looking for adventure, children discover that following the current
leads to many wonders big and small." by Angel Limb

Arundel Voice
"Creating relatable characters is one trick to captivating an audience. With four books
chock-full of personable organisms such as
Olly the Oyster and Mallory the Forgetful Duck,
Crofton author Elaine Allen has accomplished this, bringing young boys and girls into her
seafaring world." by Zach Sparks

The Capital and The Crofton-West County Gazette
"In her second book, "Olly's Treasure," the oyster is again on the scene beneath the sea but
this time he discovers that true treasure is not found in gold and gems but in his very own
habitat with his friends." by Jennifer Ginn

"Students at Nantucket Elementary School recently journeyed to the bottom of the
Chesapeake Bay with Crofton resident Elaine Allen as she shared her children's book,
Olly
the Oyster Cleans the Bay
." by Jennifer Ginn

Midwest Book Review
"Charming colored illustrations give faces and personalities to Olly and his friends, making
Olly's Treasure even more appealing to young readers preschool to grade 2."

"Charming, anthropomorphic illustrations enhance this simple and enjoyable story." -on Olly
the Oyster Cleans the Bay

McDaniel College News
"They (students) planned physical education activities centered on “Owney the Mail Pouch
Pooch” by McDaniel professor Mona Kerby and “Olly the Oyster Cleans the Bay” by Elaine
Allen and illustrator Kelli Nash."

Green Team Gazette
"It's a great way to celebrate the Chesapeake Bay...and Earth Da!" by Vicki Dabrowka

Bay Weekly
"Delight your preschooler with Elaine Ann Allen's rhythmic tale of Olly the Oyster, a
determined little fellow who wants to help the Chesapeake Bay."
Dotty Holcomb Doherty

SpinSheet, Chesapeake Bay Sailing
"Author Elaine Ann Allen, a Marylander, gives young readers a unique glimpse into what
goes on under water. Think glass-bottom boat in the form of a book with a good message."

The Star Democrat
"Elaine Allen and Kelli Nash were on hand to sign books in Easton, Maryland
for Environmental Concern."

Mariner, The Beacon of the Bay
"Preschoolers up to second-graders will enjoy the creative writing
by Elaine Ann Allen and colorful illustrations by Kelli Nash..."
by Chris Knauss

Waterman's Gazette
"Overall, Allen's Olly the Oyster Cleans the Bay provides a beautiful,
environmentally-friendly tale which is not only inspiring to children,
but also a tool to assist students of all ages in learning about the
Chesapeake Bay."
by Caitlin Codd
Recent Events

Book Signing
First Sunday Arts Festival, Annapolis, Maryland
October 2016


Book Signing and Reading
Westminster Oyster Stroll, Westminster, Maryland
October 2016


Author's Workshop
Annapolis Regional Library
May 2016


Author's Museum Visit
Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Maryland
March 2016

Author's School Visit
School of the Incarnation, Gambrills, Maryland
March 2016

Author's School Visit
Eastport Elementary School, Annapolis, Maryland
February 2016

Author's School Visit
St. Margaret's Day School, Annapolis, Maryland
February 2016

Book Signing
Patuxent River Appreciation Days, Solomon's, Maryland
October 2015

Book Signing
Baltimore Book Festival, Baltimore, Maryland
September 2015

Author 's School Visit
School of the Incarnation, Gambrills, Maryland
March 2015

Author 's School Visit
St. Margaret's Day School, Annapolis, Maryland
February 2015

Book Signing
Patuxent River Appreciation Days, Solomon's, Maryland
October 2014

Book Signing
Gaithersburg Book Festival, Gaithersburg, Maryland
June 2014

Author School Visit
Davidsonville Elementary, Davidsonville, Maryland
May 2014

Author's School Visit
School of the Incarnation, Gambrills, Maryland
April 2014

Author's School Visit
Goddard School, Owings Mills, Maryland
March 2014

Author School Visit
St. Margaret's Day School, Annapolis, Maryland
February 2014

Author School Visit
Central Elementary, Edgewater, Maryland
January 2014

Keynote Speaker
Anne Arundel County Reading Council
Crofton, Maryland
October 2013

Book Signing
Edgewater Books, Edgewater, Maryland
October 26, 2013

Book Signing
Patuxent River Appreciation Days, Solomon's, Maryland
October 2013

Author's School Visit
School of the Incarnation, Gambrills, Maryland
April 2013

Book Signing
Patuxent River Appreciation Days, Solomon's, Maryland
October 6, 2012

Book signing
Annual Nautical Festival, Oxford, Maryland
September 1, 2012

Book Signing
Book Lover's Auction, Crofton, Maryland
November 12, 2011

Book Signing and Reading
OysterFest, St. Michaels, Maryland
November 5, 2011

Author's School Visit
Crofton Elementary School, Crofton, Maryland
October 28, 2011

Book Signing
Fall Festival at Heritage Harbor
Health and Rehab Center, Annapolis, Maryland
October 15, 2011

Book signing
Patuxent River Appreciation Days, Solomon's, Maryland
October 8, 2011

Author's School Visit
School of Incarnation, Gambrills, Maryland
September 30, 2011

Book signing
1st Annual Nautical Festival, Oxford, Maryland
September 3, 2011

Author's Reception
Charles County Public Library, La Plata, Maryland
August 13, 2011

Author Appearance
Bowie Baysox Game, Bowie, Maryland
July 24, 2011

Author's School Visit
Crofton Elementary School
E3 Program Activity, Crofton, Maryland
March 2011

Book Signing and Reading
OysterFest, St. Michaels, Maryland
November 6, 2010

Author's School Visit
Nantucket Elementary School, Crofton, Maryland
November 4 and 5, 2010

Book signing
Calvert Marine Museum
Patuxent River Appreciation Days, Solomons, Maryland
October 10, 2010
Olly the Oyster
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