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Children's Book Author & Creator of "Arthur"
Best known as the creator of “Arthur,” author and 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 30 “Arthur” books, the latest of which is Arthur Locked in the Library!, and has illustrated many other books, including one with his wife, author, illustrator, and psychologist Laurie Krasny Brown. Read More >
Brown was born in 1946 in Erie, Pennsylvania. His passion for drawing was kindled at age six by the loving attentions of his grandmother (depicted by “Grandma Thora” in the “Arthur” series), who saved his artwork in her bottom bureau drawer. In addition to encouraging his artwork, Brown's grandmother bequeathed him her gift for weaving imaginative stories for her grandchildren. She built him an education fund that helped him 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, Marc Brown continues to create new books. Read Less ^
"Marc, your stories and reflections captured everyone’s hearts and attention, and every person in the room left inspired to be more involved in the lives of their children or loved ones. Your willingness to stand and offer the experience of a lifetime to one lucky child meant the world to us and kept the energy in the room alive and booming. Thank you, also, for joining us after the gala to sign books for so many guests. We’re certain this was the highlight of the night for many of our guests!"
"We had about 275 last night and about 650 today. The VIP lunch had 15 guests, all school library media specialists, youth librarians, and an independent book store owner. He was kind, gracious, and just wonderful. We got rave reviews from the community. I appreciate all your help. You've helped me take our programming to the next level. Thank you."
"I cannot express to you the impact that you made at the Savannah Children’s Book Festival. Everywhere I walked it seemed people were talking about how friendly and genuine you were to everyone who came up to you. One lady came running up to her friend exclaiming, 'He was so nice! He is over there asking the children questions and letting parents take pictures, it was so great!' Mr. Brown, I kept my eye on you and I can testify that you truly are the real deal."
"You have a joy that shines bright. I have often wondered if what I do makes any difference at all. Watching you was almost like God showed me a window into my own life. It was so amazing to see and hear how people were affected by your kindness."
"Long story short, Mr. Brown's performance was spectacular to say the least. Not only did he speak for over 40 minutes and autograph tons of books for over two hours, he is the most pleasant celebrity I've ever dealt with. I highly recommend him to any organization that’s looking for an upbeat and personable keynote speaker."
"Marc was really wonderful. I can’t tell you how much everyone enjoyed his program and the chance to meet him. He is just the nicest person and a joy to be with."
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