Emily Perl Kingsley is an American writer who joined the Sesame Street team in 1970 and continued to write until her retirement in 2015.

Her son Jason Kingsley was born with Down syndrome in 1974.[1] Her experiences with Jason inspired her to include people with disabilities into the Sesame Street cast, including Tarah Schaeffer, an actress who uses a wheelchair, and even Jason himself. Jason's story was the topic of an hour-long NBC television special in 1977, titled "This Is My Son", and with co-author Mitchell Levitz, Jason wrote the book "Count Us In: Growing Up with Down Syndrome".

In 1987, Kingsley wrote "Welcome to Holland", a widely published and translated piece which compares the experience of someone finding out their child has a disability to having a trip to Italy rerouted to Holland. The same year a made-for-television movie she wrote Kids Like These, premiered on CBS. The film, about a middle-aged couple who have a son with Down syndrome, won numerous awards.

Kingsley has written over 20 children's books[citation needed] and two Sesame Street home video releases (Kids' Guide to Life: Learning to Share and Elmo Says Boo!). She has had written for other companies as well, including two video games for Disney Interactive.

She has won 23 Daytime Emmys through her work with Sesame Street, three EDIs and a Grand EDI from Easter Seals, and an award from the National Theatre of the Deaf.[citation needed]

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Year Title Notes
1970–2015 Sesame Street Writer
1989 Richard Scarry's Best Counting Video Ever Writer
1989 Richard Scarry's Best ABC Video Ever Writer
1996 Sesame Street - Kids' Guide to Life: Learning to Share Writer
1997 Elmo Says Boo! Writer

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Year Title Publisher ISBN Pages Notes
1977 Sesame Street: The Great Cookie Thief Western Publishing 0-307-58012-1 24
1978 Sesame Street: The Exciting Adventures of Super-Grover Western Publishing 0-307-12077-5 48
1980 Sesame Street: Big Bird Follows the Signs Western Publishing 0-307-07021-2 24
1980 Sesame Street: Farley Goes to the Doctor Western Publishing 0-307-23113-5 24
1980 Sesame Street: I Can Do It Myself Western Publishing 0-307-23104-6 24
1980 Sesame Street: The Sesame Street Pet Show Western Publishing 0-307-23102-X 24
1981 Sesame Street: The Sesame Street Circus of Opposites Western Publishing 0-307-23141-0 26
1981 Sesame Street: The Sesame Street Players Present — The Little Red Hen Western Publishing 0-307-23135-6 25
1983 Sesame Street: Everybody Makes Mistakes Western Publishing 0-307-23151-8 26
1984 Sesame Street: A Baby Sister for Herry Western Publishing 0-307-12011-2 24
1985 Sesame Street: Welcome Home, Big Bird Western Publishing 0-307-13781-3 25
1986 An American Tail: The Storybook Grosset & Dunlap 0-448-48612-1 64 Novelization of the Universal/Amblin film.
1987 Sesame Street: A Sitter for Baby Monster Western Publishing 0-307-12022-8 25

Emily has won 22 Emmy Awards for her work as a writer of Sesame Street.

In October 2008, Emily received a special award from the U.S. Government Department of Health and Human Services in recognition of her groundbreaking work including individuals with disabilities on Sesame Street for 38 years.

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  1. ^ Farrell, Mary H.J.; Sugden, Jane (May 2, 1994). "Growing Up Down". People. 41 (16). Retrieved May 3, 2016.

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