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Marc Brown    

Children's Book Author; Creator of "Arthur"; Advote for Children's Literacy

Marc Brown is an American author and illustrator of children's books. Brown writes as well as illustrates the Arthur book series and is best known for creating that series and its numerous spin-offs. He is a three-time Emmy award winner; the "Arthur" TV series adapted from the books was named number one on PBS for three years. He has also served as an executive producer on the show since its 10th season.

He currently lives in Hingham, Massachusetts. Brown majored in painting at the Cleveland Institute of Art. After graduation, he received a scholarship to attend Syracuse University. Brown held several odd jobs post-graduation to make sends meet, but soon found success in the children's book industry.

After presenting sample drawings to the Boston, Massachusetts publisher Houghton Mifflin, Brown was told they would contact him in the event they were interested. They did. When they offered him nearly five thousand dollars worth of freelance work in illustration, he learned more about opportunities in professional illustrating and decided to make it his career. In 1969, he began part-time teaching at Garland Junior College in Boston and illustrated textbooks.

Speech Topics

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.

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 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 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.

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