Marc Brown (author)

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Marc Brown
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Brown at a Naperville, Illinois bookstore in April 2011.
Born Marc Tolon Brown
(1946-11-25) November 25, 1946 (age 70)
Erie, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation Author, illustrator
Nationality American
Genre Children's books
Television shows
Years active 1969–present
Spouse Laurene Krasny Brown
Children Tolon Brown
Eliza Brown

Marc Tolon Brown (born November 25, 1946) 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. The names of his two sons, Tolon Adam and Tucker Eliot, have been hidden in all of the Arthur books except for one. He also has a daughter named Eliza, whose name appears hidden in at least two books. 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 (1997, 2000, 2001). He has also served as executive producer on the show since its 10th season.[1] He currently lives in Hingham, Massachusetts.

Early life and education[edit]

While growing up in Erie, Pennsylvania, with his three sisters, Brown was told many stories by his grandmother Thora. This inspired Brown to write stories of his own in the later years of his life. It was Grandma Thora who also fueled Brown's penchant for drawing, which was discovered at the age of six. While attending McDowell Senior High School, his art teacher, Nancy Bryan, introduced him to watercolors, which he now uses for the majority of his illustrations. Brown was inspired by other artists like Marc Chagall. Maurice Sendak, the author of the children's book Where the Wild Things Are, also influenced Brown in deciding on a career choice.

With the help of his Grandma Thora, Brown was able to major in graphic design at the Cleveland Institute of Art.[2] Even with the opposition from his colleagues, Brown continued onward with his dream to be a children's book illustrator. After graduating, Brown presented a sample of his drawings to the publishing company Houghton Mifflin, in Boston, Massachusetts, who offered him a USD$5,000 deal. This offer allowed Brown to confirm his decision of making professional illustrating his career. In 1969, he began part-time teaching at Garland Junior College in Boston and illustrated textbooks.[3]


He had many different jobs but lost them all.[4] He was a truck driver, a short-order cook, a TV art director, and finally a college teacher, but the college closed shortly after that.


Arthur Adventure Series[edit]

  • 1976 - Arthur's Nose
  • 1979 - Arthur's Eyes
  • 1980 - Arthur's Valentine
  • 1981 - The True Francine
  • 1982 - Arthur Goes to Camp
  • 1982 - Arthur's Halloween
  • 1983 - Arthur's April Fool
  • 1983 - Arthur's Thanksgiving
  • 1984 - Arthur's Christmas
  • 1985 - Arthur's Tooth
  • 1986 - Arthur's Teacher Trouble
  • 1987 - Arthur's Baby
  • 1988 - D.W. All Wet
  • 1989 - Arthur's Birthday
  • 1990 - Arthur's Pet Business
  • 1991 - Arthur Meets the President (Early Moments)
  • 1992 - Arthur Babysits
  • 1993 - D.W. Thinks Big
  • 1993 - D.W. Rides Again
  • 1993 - Arthur's Family Vacation
  • 1993 - Arthur's New Puppy
  • 1994 - Arthur's First Sleepover
  • 1994 - Arthur's Chicken Pox
  • 1995 - Arthur's TV Trouble
  • 1995 - D.W., the Picky Eater
  • 1995 - Arthur Goes to School
  • 1996 - Arthur Writes a Story
  • 1996 - Arthur's Reading Race
  • 1996 - Glasses for D.W.
  • 1996 - Arthur's Neighborhood
  • 1996 - Arthur and the True Francine
  • 1997 - Arthur's Computer Disaster
  • 1997 - Say the Magic Word
  • 1997 - D.W.'s Lost Blankie
  • 1997 - Arthur's Really Helpful Word Book
  • 1997 - Arthur Tricks the Tooth Fairy
  • 1998 - Arthur Lost and Found
  • 1998 - The Mystery of the Stolen Bike
  • 1998 - Locked in the Library!
  • 1998 - Arthur's Really Helpful Bedtime Stories
  • 1998 - Arthur Decks the Hall
  • 1999 - Arthur's Underwear
  • 2000 - Arthur's Teacher Moves In
  • 2000 - Arthur's Perfect Christmas
  • 2002 - Arthur, It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
  • 2006 - Arthur Jumps into Fall
  • 2011 - Arthur Turns Green[5]

Arthur's audiobooks[edit]

  • 2000 - Marc Brown's Arthur Chapter Books: Volume 1 (Reissue) - (Arthur's Mystery Envelope, Arthur and the Scare-Your-Pants-Off Club, and Arthur Makes the Team.)

Beginner books[edit]

  • 1982 - Wings on Things (Early Moments)
  • 1983 - Spooky Riddles
  • 1985 - The Bionic Bunny Show
  • 1985 - Hand Rhymes - collected and illustrated by Marc Brown
  • 1986 - A World Full of Monsters (illustrated)
  • 1995 - D.W. the Picky Eater (Early Moments)
  • 1996 - Glasses for D.W.
  • 1996 - Arthur's Reading Race: A Sequel to Glasses for D. W./Arthur's Reading Race (Early Moments)
  • 1999 - Arthur In A Pickle (Early Moments)
  • 1998 - Arthur Tricks the Tooth Fairy (Early Moments)
  • 2000 - Arthur's Teacher Moves In (Early Moments)
  • 2002 - Arthur's Animal Adventure (Early Moments)
  • Witches Four
  • Pickle Things

Chapter books[edit]

  • Arthur's Mystery Envelope
  • Arthur and the Double Dare
  • Arthur and the Crunch Cereal Contest
  • Arthur and the Cootie-Catcher
  • King Arthur
  • Arthur and the Big Blow-up
  • Arthur and the Scare-your-pants-off Club
  • Arthur and the Lost Diary
  • Arthur and the 1001 Dads
  • Arthur and the Perfect Brother
  • Arthur rocks with Binky
  • Arthur and the Nerves of Steal
  • Arthur and the Poetry Contest
  • Arthur and the Popularity Test
  • Arthur Accused!
  • Arthur Loses His Marbles
  • Arthur Makes the Team
  • Arthur and the Comet Crisis
  • Buster Baxter, Cat Saver
  • Buster Makes the Grade
  • Buster's Dino Dilemma
  • Muffy's Secret Admirer
  • Francine, Believe It or Not
  • Francine the Superstar
  • The Poetry Contest
  • The Mystery of the Stolen Bike
  • Locked in the Library!
  • Who's in Love with Arthur?
  • Binky Rules

Good Sports chapter books[edit]

  • Arthur and the Race to Read
  • Arthur and the Seventh Inning Stretcher
  • Arthur and the Recess Rookie
  • Arthur and the Best Coach Ever
  • Arthur and the Goalie Ghost
  • Arthur and the Pen-pal Playoff

Books written and illustrated by Marc Brown

  • Monkey: Not Ready for Kindergarten
  • In New York
  • Marc Brown's Playtime Rhymes: A Treasury for Families to Learn and Play Together

Books illustrated by Marc Brown[edit]

  • Mary McScary by RL Stine
  • The Little Shop of Monsters by RL Stine
  • Ten Tiny Toes by Todd Tarpley
  • Wild About Books by Judy Sierra (Early Moments)
  • Born to Read by Judy Sierra
  • Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig
  • Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig
  • ZooZical by Judy Sierra
  • Wild About You by Judy Sierra
  • Little Witch's Big Night (Step into Reading) by Deborah Hautzig
  • Happy Birthday, Little Witch (Step into Reading) by Deborah Hautzig
  • Rabbit's New Rug (Parents Magazine Books) by Judy Delton
  • If All the Animals Came Inside by Eric Pinder
  • What Makes the Sun Shine? by Isaac Asimov
  • The Gulps by Rosemary Wells
  • Read-Aloud Rhymes For the Very Young by Jack Prelutsky

Books by Laurene Krasny Brown and Marc Brown[edit]

Dino Life Guides for Families

  • Dinosaurs Travel
  • Dinosaurs Alive and Well!: A Guide to Good Health
  • How to Be a Friend: A Guide to Making Friends and Keeping Them
  • When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death
  • Dinosaurs Divorce

Arthur 8x8 paperbacks[edit]

  • Arthur's Birthday Surprise
  • Arthur's Heart Mix-Up
  • Arthur's Jelly Beans
  • Arthur and the Big Snow
  • Arthur Helps Out
  • Arthur to the Rescue
  • Arthur and the Dog Show
  • Arthur Jumps into Fall
  • Arthur's Tree House
  • Arthur Off to School
  • Good Night D.W.
  • Arthur's Homework
  • D.W.'s Perfect Present
  • Arthur's Mystery Babysitter
  • D.W. The Big Boss
  • Arthur Tells a Story


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