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Susan Amerikaner

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Susan Amerikaner

Phone: 805-388-9537


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Current Publishing Credits*:

Silver Dolphin Books: Play-Doh Craft Books (Let’s Create: Letters, Numbers, Shapes and more titles. Let’s Create: Letters won The National Parenting Award Seal of Approval  (2014).

Disney Publishing Worldwide : Extensive variety of fiction featuring Disney characters and properties, including: Monsters University, Planes, Cars, Cars2, Brave, Wreck-It Ralph, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Handy Manny, Winnie the Pooh, Disney Fairies, Disney Princesses, Little Einsteins, Baby Einstein, Disney Baby. Formats include 8x8’s, large picture dictionaries, board books, book/game combinations, sing-along books (lyrics part of writing), novelty books.

Random House: Step Into Reading: Disney film tie-ins, including Scaring Lessons (Monsters University), Dusty Flies High (Planes), Game On! (Wreck-it Ralph), Big Bear, Little Bear (Brave), Race Around the Word (Cars 2)

Disney Custom Publishing:  Mickey and the Giant Kachoo! (about allergy testing), acclaimed series of books for Lilly Pharmaceuticals featuring Mickey’s friend Coco the Monkey, who has Type 1 Diabetes. Coco interacts with Mickey and the Gang while handling diabetes with aplomb in Coco and Goofy’s Goofy Day, Coco Goes Back to School, Coco’s First Sleepover.Three Cheers for Bunny Ears tells about another of Mickey’s pals who adjusts to hearing aids—for Siemens.

Reader’s Digest Children’s Books: Minnie’s Bow-tique Take-along Tunes, Let’s Look for Colors, Brave Movie Theatre, Monsters University, Follow That Dog and more.

Additional Publication Credits:

Developed and wrote interactive text for The Friendship Kit, a game for The Babysitters Club, Scholastic Media. Also wrote text for games for Philips Interactive.

Author/Creator of The Gifted and Talented Workbooks, one of the most successful educational series of all time. These were the first thinking skills books on the mass market tailored to very young children. Assorted books for children and adults published by Simon & Schuster, Prentice Hall, Price Stern Sloan, Tor, Playmore, Lowell House. Titles include: It's OK To Say No To Drugs, The Gifted And Talented Catalogue, 101 Ways To Develop Your Child's Gifts and Talents, How To Say No, It's Up To You, My Silly Books.

Author of comic books, guides, scripts, games and supplementary print materials for The Disney Channel, Walt Disney Educational Media, Cinemaware, Hi-Tops Video, Family Home Entertainment, Educational Insights, Playmate Toys.

Television Credits/ Honors:

WGA Award for Outstanding Children's Script, EMMY nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Children's Series (Adventures In Wonderland); Winner of Parents’ Choice Award for Madeline At Cooking School.

SPROUT: Interstitials, games, original stories etc. for SPROUT NETWORK, joint venture with PBS KIDS, Henson International Entertainment and Comcast Cable.

Bite Size: Playhouse Disney; interstitial programming on healthy eating and cooking.

The Adventures of Madeline: 15 episodes, including several chosen for video release. The series has received wide acclaim and numerous Emmy nominations for Outstanding Children’s Series.

Amelia's Notebook: animated TV Pilot/script, Pleasant Company/Mattel, based on best-selling book series

This One 'n That One: one-hour animated pilot for Jane Seymour and James Keach, based on characters in their book series; Film Roman.

Book of Virtues: Animated Series, PBS: initial development for series.

The Weird Al Show: Staff Writer for live-action, animated show for CBS, starring comedian/satirist/musician Al Yankovic, Dick Clark Productions.

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle: starring Jean Stapleton, produced by Universal Family Entertainment and Think Entertainment/Shelley Duvall for Showtime Cable. Nominated for CableAce Award for Outstanding Children’s Show.

The Puzzle Place: PBS - writer of multiple episodes, award-winning series, KCET, focus on multicultural stories for preschoolers.

Adventures in Wonderland: multiple episodes, The Disney Channel, WGA Award for Outstanding Children’s Script; series enhanced creative language arts for school-age children.

Related Experience:

Staff Writer for Applause, Inc.: Wrote copy and developed nomenclature for plush, dolls, posters, gift items, novelty items for in-house products and licensed properties, including Disney, Universal, Paramount, Mary Engelbreit.

Manager, Disney Schoolhouse, Disney Educational Media: Produced entire line of instructional materials for classrooms using Disney characters. Developed and supervised the national Disney Teacher Workshops.

Classroom Teacher and Coordinator of Gifted and Talented Program (Kindergarten through Grade Six) Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland.

Teaching Credential, California: Preschool thru High School


Masters of Arts in Teaching, George Washington University

Bachelor of Arts, English, University of Maryland

* Detailed and complete publication and credit list upon request.