Marc Brown (author)

Marc Brown (author)
Marc Brown
Born November 25, 1946 (1946-11-25) (age 64)
Erie, Pennsylvania
Occupation Author and illustrator
Nationality American
Genres Children's books
Television shows
Spouse(s) Laurie Krasny Brown

Marc Tolon Brown (born November 25, 1946) is an American writer of children's books. He writes as well as illustrates his Arthur books, and is best known for that series and its spin-offs. He currently lives in Hingham, Massachusetts. 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 Morgan, whose name appears hidden in at least two books. He is a Daytime Emmy award winner; The Arthur TV series adapted from the books was named number ONE on PBS for three years. (1997, 2000, 2001)



Brown’s well-known character Arthur Read, an aardvark, was “born one night when Brown was telling a bedtime story to his son”. [1] Since then, Brown’s stories about Arthur have developed over the years into the first Arthur book, Arthur’s Nose, which was published in 1976. After his first book, Brown continued to write and illustrate more than thirty other children’s books about Arthur and his younger sister Dora Winifred Read. Many of the characters from his books were inspired by people in Brown’s life growing up, such as Grandma Thora. Brown looks at his past experiences and to his three children for inspiration. He also gets suggestions from the students at the schools he visits. [2] Brown’s Arthur books turned out to be very popular among young audiences and sold five million copies over the years between 1976 and 1995. However, with the debut of the animated “Arthur” TV series in 1996, another 45 million books were sold from 1996 to 2001. Finally in 2001, the “Arthur” TV show was rewarded with the prestigious Peabody Award. [3]


While growing up in Erie, Pennsylvania with his three sisters, Brown’s grandmother Thora told them many stories. 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. Eventually, his high school 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 painting at the Cleveland Institute of Art. 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 five thousand dollar 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.” [4]


The Arthur books are about situations that children often face.[1] In their book Beyond Picture Books for which Deborah Hatzig's Little Witch’s Big Night and Happy Birthday, Little Witch were selected, Barbara Barstow and Judith Riggle said that Brown's "friendly watercolor illustrations" in the former "take away all fear."[2] Brown's illustrations are mainly done in watercolor and pencil. In some of the Arthur books, Brown hides the names of his three children in the illustration. (Tolon, Tucker, and Eliza)[1]

List of books

Arthur Adventure Series

[5] [6]

  • 1976 - Arthur's Nose
  • 1979 - Arthur's Eyes
  • 1980 - Arthur's Valentine
  • 1981 - Arthur and 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
  • 1989 - Arthur's Birthday
  • 1990 - Arthur's Pet Business
  • 1991 - Arthur Meets the President
  • 1992 - Arthur Babysits
  • 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
  • 1996 - Arthur Writes a Story
  • 1996 - Arthur's Reading Race
  • 1997 - Arthur's Computer Disaster
  • 1998 - Arthur Lost and Found
  • 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

Arthur's Audiobooks

  • 2000 - Mark 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) ISBN 0-8072-8015-1
  • 2000 - Mark Brown's Arthur Chapter Books: Volume 2 (Reissue) - (Arthur and the Crunch Cereal Contest, Arthur Accused!, and Locked in the Library) ISBN 0-8072-8040-2
  • 2000 - Mark Brown's Arthur Chapter Books: Volume 3 (Reissue) - (Buster's Dino Dilemma, The Mystery of the Stolen Bike, and Arthur and the Lost Diary) ISBN 0-8072-8090-9
  • 1999 - Marc Brown's Arthur Chapter Books: Volume 4 - (Who's in Love with Arthur, Arthur Rocks with BINKY, Arthur and the Popularity Test) ISBN 0-8072-8146-8

Beginner Books

  • Wings on Things
  • A World Full of Monsters (illustrator)
  • Spooky Riddles
  • Glasses for D.W.
  • From Whom The Bell Tolls
  • The Bionic Bunny Show
  • Arthur's Teacher Moves In
  • Arthur Tricks the Tooth Fairy
  • Arthur's Reading Race
  • Witches four written 1980
  • Arthur's Animal Adventure
  • Pickle Things

Chapter Books

  • Arthur and the 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?

Good Sports Chapter Books

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

Books Illustrated by Marc Brown

  • 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

Books by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown

  • Dinosaur's Travel (Dinosaurs Travel) by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown
  • Dinosaurs Alive and Well!: A Guide to Good Health (Dino Life Guides for Families) by Marc Brown and Laurie Krasny Brown
  • How to Be a Friend: A Guide to Making Friends and Keeping Them (Dino Life Guides for Families) by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown
  • When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death (Dino Life Guides for Families) by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown
  • Dinosaurs Divorce by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown


  1. ^ a b Schaefer, Pat (2001). Watson, Victor. ed. The Cambridge Guide to Children’s Books in English. Elizabeth L. Keyser, Juliet Partridge, Morag Styles (advisory editors). Cambridge University Press. pp. 109. ISBN 0 521 55064 5. 
  2. ^ Barstow, Barbara; Riggle, Judith (1995). Beyond Picture Books: A Guide to First Readers (Second edition ed.). New Providence, NJ: R.R. Bowker. pp. 84–85. ISBN 0-8352-3519-X. 

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