Educator Testimonials

We are huge fans of teachers, librarians and educators of all kinds. Thank you for your support!


"I love MerryMakers!"

John Schu
Library Journal Mover and Shaker
Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic


"MerryMakers dolls help make my library a fun and inviting space. They are seriously cute and make great reading buddies for the kids. Our big Pete the Cat goes to school events like our walk-a-thon and little Pete welcomes visitors in the school office. MerryMakers dolls are a fantastic addition to our school...we love them!"

Lisa Hobbs
Elementary School Librarian
Oakland, CA


"Ezra Jack Keats created the character of Peter in The Snowy Day and his dog Willie in Whistle for Willie, over 50 years ago. There have been a few attempts at making these iconic and beloved characters into plush dolls but none were successful until MerryMakers took up the challenge. MerryMakers created a fantastic cuddly Peter in his red snowsuit and an adorable Willie, equally huggable. MerryMakers has made it possible for children of all colors to embrace Peter, an African American character with whom they identify no matter what their color, literally as well as figuratively."

Deborah Pope, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Ezra Jack Keats Foundation


"Looking for a literary mascot for your library, classroom or family? MerryMakers has dozens of characters from young readers' favorite stories. The high-quality MerryMakers plush are fabulous for supporting and extending literacy beyond the book. I love to bring stories alive with a plush from the story."

Susannah Richards
Professor, Department of Education
Eastern Connecticut State University