Local author and educator Frances Gilbert has been selected as a finalist for The Children’s Literature Independently Published Principals’ Award (CLIPPA) for her book, Today the Teacher Changed our Seats. It is one of just ten books selected as finalists for the CLIPPA, which will be announced on October 1, 2014.

The CLIPPA honors outstanding children’s books that offer fun, learning and creativity and were self-published by independent authors. Entries were judged on originality, learning quality and use of language standards by a judging committee comprising nine elementary school principals, educators and authors from across the country. There are two categories: children’s books for Grades K-2 and children’s books for Grades 3-4.

Today the Teacher Changed our Seats is a read-to or read-aloud book for younger children. It is a story that teaches the mathematical concept of grouping while addressing a child’s fear of being excluded and teaches children how they can resolve problems. The book is illustrated by Ben Quensel. Gilbert, who teaches middle school, is author of several other children’s books and stories for adults.

The CLIPPA is sponsored by Kabuki Helps (www.kabukihelps.com), a community of parents and teachers committed to making learning fun.

“We created these awards to recognize and encourage independent authors, who face many challenges in getting their stories into the hands of young readers,” said Lisa Hayes, President of Kabuki Helps. “There is a long, honored tradition of self-publishing in children’s literature. In fact, some of our greatest children’s books, like ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit,’ would have not exist if the author had waited for a traditional publisher to accept them.”

The two award winners’ books will be featured on the Kabuki Helps website and the authors will receive a variety of cash and other prizes, including support in promoting their books. For more about the prizes and a list of the judges, visit clippaward.com.