A little oyster explores the sights along the Chesapeake Bay. View the book trailer for a peek inside the book.
Olly the Oyster is ready for an adventure. So when Mr. Oyster tells him about the wonders of the Chesapeake Bay, he sets off to see them. Following along with Olly, kids will learn about some wonders that fly, like the Great Blue Heron, a symbol of the Bay; some that shine at night, like the Cape Henry Lighthouse; and even a wonder where you can find fossils of crocodile teeth—the Calvert Cliffs.
As Olly meets and chats with new friends like fiddler crabs, barnacles, and rockfish, he learns about the creatures, people, and places that form the community of the Chesapeake. Olly the Oyster helps the importance of the Bay and its ecosystem come to life. For ages 5 to 8. Schiffer Books | Preschool to grade 3 | 40 pp | 8.5 x11
“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, Arundel Voice
“With the curious Olly the Oyster who is looking for adventure, children discover that following the current leads to many wonders big and small.” Angel Limb of PBS’s IdeaStations.org
A little oyster wants to help clean the bay where he lives. View the book trailer for a peek inside the book.
Once there was a young oyster named Olly who lived in the Chesapeake Bay. He loved to drift with the currents, but Olly had been traveling his whole life and wanted to settle down. He wanted to do something important—help clean the Chesapeake Bay. But what can a little oyster do? He doesn’t have pincers or fingers or sharp teeth or legs and feet. Journey under the Chesapeake Bay with Olly’s little minnow friend and find out how Olly the Oyster Cleans the Bay. Schiffer Books | Preschool to grade 3 | 32 pp | 7×10
“Charming, anthropomorphic illustrations enhance this simple and enjoyable story.” Midwest Book Review
“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.”Bay Weekly, by Dotty Holcomb Doherty
“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.” SpinSheet, Chesapeake Bay Sailing
A little oyster discovers what real treasure is in this heartwarming tale. View the book trailer for a peek inside the book.
When Olly spies a sunken ship just beyond the oyster reef, he decides to explore the old wreck to see if there is treasure on board. Inside the sunken ship, Olly finds all the treasure he could ever imagine, with silver vases, gold coins, and shiny gemstones everywhere he looks. But what is treasure without a friend to share it? Journey under the Chesapeake Bay with Olly and his friends to learn why his oyster reef is all the treasure he needs. Schiffer Books | Preschool to grade 3 | 40 pp | 8.5 x11
“Charming color illustrations give faces and personalities to Olly and his friends, making Olly’s Treasure even more appealing to young readers preschool to grade 2.”Midwest Book Review
“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.” The Capital/The Crofton-West County Gazette, by Jennifer Ginn
Mallory the Forgetful Duck
A mama duck searches for her nest in this educational tale about birds, nests, and a mother’s love. View the book trailer for a peek inside the book.
Mallory is a very forgetful duck. She can’t remember where she left her nest. She sets out along the Chesapeake Bay to find it, but soon stumbles upon a nest that is not her own.
Along her journey Mallory meets several mother birds, including a Canada Goose, an Osprey, a Great Blue Heron, and an Oystercatcher. Each of their nests is made of different materials, has a distinctive clutch of colorful eggs, and occupies a different habitat.
But will Mallory ever track down her own nest and her own eggs? Follow Mallory the Forgetful Duck in her quest to find her nest and find out why her own eggs are more special than any others. Pre-K to grade 3. Schiffer Books
“This book is a must have for any child’s library and will be read for generations to come.” Sandie Lee, Imagination Cafe
“In this charming picture book, nature scenes are beautifully illustrated by Kelli Nash. Kids will enjoy reading about Mallory’s confusion as she hops from nest to nest, searching for her own. And once she does lay her eggs, they will discover that a mom’s love is the very best kind.” Alice Berger, Bergers Book Reviews
“Your child can anticipate and cheer Mallory on as she attempts to find her own nest of eggs. The book is a wonderful catalyst for studying eggs and fowl.” Richele McFarlin, Families.com