About the Author
Elaine Ann Allen grew up on the Eastern Shore of
Maryland along with a large loving family and many pets.
She went to Washington College in Maryland where she
received a BA in English Literature. She also has a
Master's degree in Marketing.
Olly the Oyster
After ten years of working in a career of marketing and
desktop publishing, Elaine decided it was time to raise a
family and focus on her writing. Since then, she has
published several children's books, including Olly the
Oyster Cleans the Bay, Olly's Treasure, and Mallory the
Forgetful Duck. All of her books capture Elaine's love of
animals and nature. Follow her on her author's blog.
About the Illustrator
Kelli Nash grew up on the banks of Rock Creek in
Pasadena, Maryland. Living on the water for 20 years, she
grew to love nature and the creatures of the wild. Since
that time, Kelli developed skills as an artist that would
reflect her memories of living on Rock Creek and the
Chesapeake Bay. She graduated Cum Laude with a BFA
in Graphic Design and Illustration from American
Intercontinental University in Atlanta, Georgia.
In addition to the Olly the Oyster series, Kelli Nash has
illustrated several children's books, including Mallory the
Forgetful Duck, Gemma's Got the Travel Bug, and
Grandfather's Secrets. View Kelli's personal website at
For more information about school visits and lesson plans, see the Teachers' Resources
page on this website. You will also find fun activities including coloring pages, puzzles,
craft ideas, and even a puppet show!
Help Olly keep plastic
bottles out of the bay
with these reusable