Reviews and Recognition


“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

“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

“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,

“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

Awards and Achievements

2023 Green Earth Book Award Longlist, A Fine Day on the Bay

2022 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Cites Olly the Oyster as Educational Resource

2022 Amazon #1 New Release eBook in its Category, Frogs Eat Spaghetti…Right?

2022 Amazon Best Seller eBook in its Category, The Halloween Caper

2013 Keynote Speaker for Anne Arundel County Reading Council

2010 National Education Association Certificate of Appreciation