The Elf Story

For almost thirty years, the Elves of Elf Hollow with their simple, yet poignant advice have touched the lives of millions of people around the world.

There are two series of Elf-help Books; one for children in a full color format and one for adults with pen and ink drawings.

Elf-help for Adults
"Our modern day challenges are cleverly and reverently addressed by these characters, who give us a healthy dose of nostalgia for a slower paced life. You’ll find titles like the popular “Grief Therapy” as well as “Stress Therapy” and “Getting Older, Growing Wiser” to impact your caring work with adults."

Elf-help for Kids
"Children deal with turmoil and loss differently than adults. We often lose sight of how easily a child’s work can be turned upside down. With titles like “Happy to Be Me--A Kids Book About Self Esteem” and “Getting Out of a Stress Mess--A Guide for Kids” these books show how the elf children confront difficult situations, and how the adults in their world help gently guide them through challenges."

Elf-help Books and Elf-help Books for Kids were first published by Abbey Press, St. Meinrad, Indiana. While Abbey Press as ceased distribution in the US, the books continue to be available through international publishers.


The first Elf-help book, by Cherry Hartman, appeared in 1987.

Over the years, our elf has changed just a little bit.

In 1998, a series of books especially for chidren began.

Soon, the elves had a worldwide audience. Here's a Chinese edition.

And, here's a Spanish calendar.