Jean Marzollo


Biography of Jean Marzollo

Jean Marzollo is a children's author and illustrator. Born in 1942, she has written over 100 books, including the best-selling (The New York Times Best Seller List) award-winning I SPY series for children, written completely in rhythm and rhyme.

Marzollo was born and raised in Connecticut.

She is a graduate of Manchester High School (1960), the University of Connecticut (1964), and the Harvard Graduate School of Education (1965).

She was a high school English teacher in Arlington, MA (1965–66) and the assistant director of Harvard's Project Upward Bound (1967). In New York City, she worked on early childhood research projects for General Learning Corp. (1967–69) and was the Director of Publications for the National Commission on Resources for Youth (1970–71). For 20 years from 1972–1992, Jean Marzollo was editor of Scholastic's "Let's Find Out" Magazine, working closely with art director Carol Devine Carson. She has written books for teachers and parents, as well as articles about children for Parents Magazine, Redbook, and other parenting magazines.

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