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Marc Brown    

Children's Book Author & Creator of "Arthur"

Best known as "Arthur's" creator, author/illustrator Marc Brown has been working with the beloved aardvark for over 25 years. Born one night when Brown was telling a bedtime story to his son, "Arthur" soon evolved into the book Arthur's Nose, published in 1976. Since then, Brown has written and illustrated more than thirty Arthur and D.W. books, and has illustrated many other books including one with his wife, author/illustrator and psychologist, Laurie Krasny Brown.

Brown was born in 1946, in Erie, Pennsylvania. His passion for drawing was kindled at age six by the loving attentions of his grandmother ("Grandma Thora"), who saved his artwork in her bottom bureau drawer. "I knew it must be special," recalls Brown, "because she didn't save many things." Besides encouraging his artwork, Brown's grandmother bequeathed him her gift for weaving imaginative stories "on command" for her grandchildren. And it was his grandmother who built an education fund that helped Brown pay for art school at the Cleveland Art Institute, which he attended from 1964 to 1969.

Before creating the Arthur book series, Brown worked at various jobs, including stints as a truck driver, short-order cook, college professor, television art director, and children's book illustrator. In addition to his work with WGBH developing the Arthur television series, Brown continues to create new books.

Brown lives in Massachusetts with his wife and young daughter. He also has two grown sons. Brown's own childhood and the experiences of his three children are his main inspiration for the Arthur series.

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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