Hi, I’m Elaine. Welcome to my website. I write children’s books about sea life along the Chesapeake Bay. Have a look around to find out more about my books. Want to publish your own children’s books? Check out my writing tips page. I also have a crafts page where I share fun craft ideas, as well as a few fun recipes. I hope you enjoy. Tune in each week for updates!
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Author workshop

Workshop at the Annapolis Regional Library

The author workshop for Creating a Social Media Plan at the Annapolis Regional Library was a big success! As a group we discussed how to develop your brand as a writer, the essentials of a great website, and strategies for social media.

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Elaine Allen

Author’s Workshop

Will you be in the Annapolis area on May 14th? Join me for a rapid-fire workshop on creating your Social Media Plan. Date/Time Date – 05/14/2016 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Location Annapolis Regional Library 1410 West St. – Annapolis, MD 21401 FREE !

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Author Visits

School of the Incarnation

I visited the School of the Incarnation in Gambrills, Maryland recently to help them celebrate Maryland Day! Students made their own oysters out of coffee filters, complete with pearls made out of craft poms. I read to students from my new book, Olly Explores 7 Wonders of the Chesapeake Bay, which highlights some of the interesting sights […]

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Fun Crafts for Kids!

Make a skipjack!

Maryland Skipjack Craft

Make these fun skipjacks out of paper towel tubes and recycled paper. According to the Maryland Sea Grant, skipjacks were made by oystermen over 100 years ago specifically to dredge for oysters. They were named after the skipjack fish because they are quick and agile in the water. There were once over a thousand skipjacks […]

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Lighthouse Craft

Lighthouse Craft

Make these fun lighthouses out of bottle caps and paper towel tubes. These lighthouses are modeled after the Cape Henry Lighthouses in Virginia which are featured in my children’s book, Olly Explores 7 Wonders of the Chesapeake Bay. The link to the book trailer is below. According to US-Lighthouses.com there are about 680 lighthouses in […]

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Maryland crabs

Maryland Day Crabs

In addition to its oysters, Maryland is known for its blue crabs from the Chesapeake Bay. Help celebrate Maryland Day (March 25th) by making these fun crabs out of paper plates and pipe cleaners. The blue crab is Maryland’s state crustacean, and its largest commercial fishery. Its scientific name is Callinectes sapidus, which means savory beautiful swimmer. The […]

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