Wonderful Spring

It has been a wonderful spring! Family activities have kept me very busy–maybe too busy! Between soccer practice, shopping for the school dance, volunteer work in the classroom and dealing with pollen allergies, it has been a wild ride. I have managed, however, to do a few author events in the past year, although writing projects have definitely taken a backseat. This includes writing for the blog which I have most definitely and sadly neglected. I plan to hold tight to the steering wheel however, and get back on track, starting now. Hopefully, there are smooth roads ahead. Okay, enough of the driving metaphors! [Read more…]

Workshop at the Annapolis Regional Library

Author Workshop at Annapolis Regional Library

Discussing strategies for social media

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. [Read more…]

Author’s Workshop

Elaine AllenWill you be in the Annapolis area on May 14th? Join me for a rapid-fire workshop on creating your Social Media Plan.

Date – 05/14/2016
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Annapolis Regional Library
1410 West St. – Annapolis, MD 21401

FREE ! [Read more…]

School of the Incarnation

Author Visits

Reading to students

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 along the Chesapeake Bay. We talked about the local Calvert Cliffs, the Cape Henry Lighthouses, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and several other great places along the bay where families can visit and explore. [Read more…]

Calvert Marine Museum

Learning about Olly!

Learning about Olly!

I had so much fun visiting the Calvert Marine Museum last week for their Little Minnows program! After listening to a reading of Olly the Oyster Cleans the Bay, students made stick puppets of the characters from the book and participated in a puppet show. Everyone had a part! Special thanks to Maureen Baughman, Kate Dumhart and Laura Cole for organizing this wonderful event. [Read more…]

Eastport Elementary School


My own Skipjack!

I recently visited students at Eastport Elementary School in Annapolis, Maryland for their “Reading Under the Stars night. Special thanks to Kristin Blundell for making it a great visit! I read from my book Olly’s Explores 7 Wonders of the Chesapeake Bay and the children made their own Skipjacks!

Skipjacks were originally built by oystermen over 100 years ago to dredge for oysters on the Chesapeake Bay. Some of these historical boats still sail today! [Read more…]

St. Margaret’s Day School


Busy making Great Blue Herons

I visited the preschoolers at St. Margaret’s Day School in Annapolis, Maryland on Monday and Wednesday. Special thanks to Tricia Hallberg McVeigh for coordinating! I read from my book Olly’s Explores 7 Wonders of the Chesapeake Bay and the children made their own Great Blue Heron stick puppets complete with real blue feathers! [Read more…]

Patuxent River Appreciation Days

Kelli Nash and I with our new book.

We had a beautiful day for Patuxent River Appreciation Days this year at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, Maryland. It was so much fun spending the day with Kelli Nash (illustrator for the Olly the Oyster books and Mallory the Forgetful Duck) and the great folks at the Calvert Marine Museum. We had a great time meeting with families looking for books about local sea life, and catching up with fellow authors we see year to year, including John Into and Nancy Price, authors of Fundamentals of Model Boat Building and Richard LaMotte, author of Pure Sea Glass.   [Read more…]

Baltimore Book Festival


Baltimore Book Festival

I had so much fun at the Baltimore Book Festival this weekend with fellow authors Barbara Beck and Carol Saucier. It was doubly enjoyable sharing the experience with my daughter as I met Olly fans and people who love children’s books. A big thanks to the organizers of the Festival and to Kathy MacMillan of the SCBWI Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia chapter (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) for their hard work in putting together this wonderful event for us and book lovers in and around the city! [Read more…]

May News

Thank you cards

Thank you cards

May has been a busy month with the school year coming to a close, a beautiful Spring and fun things happening around my blog and my books. What more could a mom/blogger/author ask for! Here are a few of the highlights: [Read more…]