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Marc Brown    

Children's Book Author & Creator of "Arthur"

An affable aardvark named Arthur stars in many of Marc Brown's acclaimed children's books. The bespeckled character, whose adventures mirror the lives of young audiences from preschoolers to beginning readers, is the center of an empire that includes print, an Emmy-winning animated series now the longest running animated children’s show in history.

The "Arthur" series grew from bedtime tales told by writer-illustrator Brown to his young son, Tolon. But why an aardvark? “All the bunnies and bears were taken”, said Marc. The first "Arthur" story concerned the youngster's dismay over his prominent nose. "I just imagined being an aardvark and trying to play hide and seek and my nose getting in the way, Brown added. I was making it up as I was going along. I like to find an issues that are important to kids." That's what I think I do best. I like using humor to focus on real subjects that kids are struggling with in their lives. I never dreamed where that little bedtime story would take me."

Marc Brown is married to Laurie Krasny Brown, an author, artist and psychologist. They have three grown children and divide their time between a small farm in Martha’s Vineyard and New York City. “My studio in New York City is so small, I call it The Tomb.”, said Marc.

Speech Topics

The Aardvark Was My Warm-Up Act

Learn about Marc Brown, his journey to becoming an award-winning author- illustrator and the world that Arthur opened up for him in this engaging lecture, perfect for all ages.

Why Illustrations Matter

Just how important are those illustrations in a picture book? Marc Brown shows why illustrations matter in this interactive lecture perfect for art schools and students.

The Secrets to Getting Children to Love Reading

It is never too early to read to your children, and in this lecture, Marc Brown discusses the importance and value of reading at any age, a parent’s role in reading, and the value that picture books have in establishing new readers. Perfect for parents, educators, and all who have a love for reading.

Why is Arthur on TV?

In this lecture, Marc discusses the road that Arthur took from book format to the screen, and how print and television mediums can be used together to further enhance the reading experience for young children. Perfect for all audiences.

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