Meredith Merrell Johnson

Photo of Meredith Merrell Johnson Meredith Merrell Johnson, Raytown South High School, Class of 1970

Meredith Merrell Johnson is an advocate for children, art and reading that has made a name for herself as a children’ s book illustrator and an advertising art director for Mattel, Inc.

“My goals for children are to encourage creative thinking, to have a desire to write and draw, and to develop a love of books,” says Johnson.

Her impressive list of books includes “What Can You Do With a Pocket”, “My Cowboy Boots”, and “Secret Notebook”. Even more recognizable are the Saturday morning Barbie commercials that she has created for Mattel. Her work on a Mattel Toy advertising campaign earned her an award from the Top Industry Review .

Her peers at Raytown South High School recognized her talents back in 1970. Her senior year at Raytown South High school, Meredith Merrell (maiden name) was noted “Best High School Artist.”

Upon completion of her high school career at Raytown South, Johnson graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design.

On behalf of all the young children who are learning to read through her illustrations, Raytown welcomes Johnson to the Alumni Hall of Fame.