Jean Marzollo
Jean Marzollo

The Children’s Literature Independently Published Principals’ Award, CLIPPA, has announced the judging committee for the 2014 prizes for independently published children’s books. The committee includes Jean Marzollo of Cold Spring, educator and award-winning author of the I SPY children’s series.

“We are thrilled to have a panel of high-caliber judges like Jean assessing the entries for the first-ever CLIPPA awards,” said Lisa Hayes, of Kabuki Helps, sponsor of the awards. “This roster of leading educators from across the U.S. will ensure we honor authors who are meeting the highest standards of originality, learning quality and language in their children’s literature.”

Awards will be presented in two categories: children’s books for grades K-2 and grades 3-4. Entries will be accepted through July 31, 2014. Visit

Marzollo is author of more than 100 books, including the award-winning I SPY series for children, Pierre the Penguin, The Little Plant Doctor, Mama Mama/Papa Papa, the Shanna Show books and more. She has been a high school English teacher, assistant director of Harvard’s Project Upward Bound, Director of Publications for the National Commission on Resources for Youth, and editor of Scholastic’s Let’s Find Out Magazine.

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