About Lucky Duck Publishing®

Made in America

Made in America!

Doing our part to keep jobs right here at home, Lucky Duck Books are printed and bound in the USA!

Our duck was hatched in 2011

Lucky Duck Publishing®, LTD was established in 2011. Our books have been met with critical acclaim by leading educators throughout the country, including endorsements from the National Kindergarten Alliance and the Superintendent of Chicago Catholic Schools.

Professional translations for our English/Spanish bilingual books are crafted by a native speaker and Chicago area bilingual educator and are edited by the head of the Department of Modern Languages at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Meet our Author

Elaine Harrison

Elaine  HarrisonDuring her career as a writer, business developer and media relations professional, Elaine Harrison represented scores of local, national and multi-national corporations and non-profit organizations. She garnered major media attention for her clients and penned articles for many high-profile publications and individuals, including articles for the American Bar Association and the official biography of renowned Mexican artist Rafael Zamarripa.While Elaine has written extensively for grownups, she thinks writing for children is much more fun! So, in 2011, after many years of writing children's stories as an avocation, she decided to devote full-time to her calling and founded Lucky Duck Publishing®, LTD. Elaine considers herself a very lucky duck to be doing what she loves!

Elaine grew up in Arizona and loves the great outdoors! As an advocate for environmental education, Elaine was delighted to be awarded the position of Development Director for Student Environmental Development Studies, SEEDS in 2006. During her three-year tenure, she served as liaison between the Chicago Botanic Garden and Chicago Archdiocese to help create the Archdiocese's first environmental elementary school, St. Monica Academy. She also acquired major funding and media attention for the initiative.

Elaine's first book, Ducks in a Row, has been used as a tool for elementary school anti-bullying programs and character education initiatives.

Adults like Elaine's books, too! In 2014, she was the Key Note Speaker at the Chamberlain College/DeVry University Faculty Collaborative, when Ducks in a Row was used as the basis for innovations in teaching and team building between the two schools.

Elaine's other titles include the Ducks in a Row Spanish edition, Patitos en fila; a 32-page bilingual activity book, Fun with the MacQuackens/Diviértete con la familia MacQuacken; a bilingual children's book, Imagine You Could/Imagínate si pudieras; and her newest release, Liver in the River.

Elaine began writing poetry as a young girl, and still finds that her stories most often come forth in rhyme. Always an avid reader, one of her favorite childhood reading memories was at age nine, when she became enchanted by Zilpha Keatley Syder's The Velvet Room. To brighten up any day, Elaine recommends the endearing Dr. Seuss tale, Horton Hatches the Egg.

Elaine enjoys an active author visit schedule.

"... The Gospel of each book is so powerful to children ... telling a child to dream, to turn up the volume on imagination-the treasure box we all possess ... I love the iconoclasm of Millie MacQuacken and the way those free-wheelin' ducklings save the day! Elaine's Suessian-like poetry grabs the reader right away and makes the lines zing straight to the heart!"

Barbara Mahany, Author Slowing Time: Seeing the Sacred Outside Your Kitchen Door