Who We Are
For 20+ years MerryMakers has led the field in the design and creation of high-quality dolls and toys based on the very best children’s books. We work closely with illustrators to create toys that reflect the personalities of their book-based counterparts. Our production process is meticulous and we use accredited testing facilities to ensure every product we ship is safe for children.
Meet the Team!
Clair’s best quality is recognizing a great idea, an interesting character or fun and creative plan. She likes to work with the best and let them run, and the best include the brightest stars in children’s literature, the most creative designers, and the smartest team of MerryMakers one can imagine.
Betsy started her career as a waitress, learning the art of juggling multiple priorities and paying attention to detail. After a fun and rewarding time at Chronicle Books she came to MerryMakers. Betsy loves her small group of coworkers and the collaborative work environment they create.
Dayna enjoys working with children and is happy to be part of a company that encourages fun with literacy. She is a jack-of-all-trades at MerryMakers, though her primary focus is on production and product safety. “Seeing the characters come to life is the best part of my job!” (Update from coworkers: Dayna does everything. We would not exist without her. She is basically omniscient.)
Kathleen has a degree in education, loves children’s books, and coordinates graphic design, publicity and social media at MerryMakers. She thinks librarians and teachers are rock stars, and coffee and chocolate are good reasons to celebrate.
Amanda is the newest MerryMaker and has day-to-day experience with our target group as her four-year-old son provides us with instant product feed-back. Amanda enjoys hot cups of tea, talking to customers on the phone, creating incredibly messy and in-the-way photo shoots, and serial commas.
Jennifer has a keen eye and a great sense of humor. She’s loved by dogs and humans alike. She’s able to decipher the most illegible handwriting and talk to the quietest voices on the phone. She catches our mistakes and as many Oakland A’s baseball games as she can.
Marcela has been part of the extended MerryMakers family for over 20 years. Finally an official member of the team, she brings her can-do attitude every day. She rolls up her sleeves and jumps right in, taking care of whatever task needs to be accomplished.