Marc Brown is an American writer and illustrator of children’s books. He is best known for creating the Arthur book series and its spin-off television series.
Brown was born on November 25, 1946, in Erie, Pennsylvania. His parents were both teachers. He has two older sisters. Brown’s father died when he was just four years old.
Brown attended the Erie public schools and graduated from Harvard University in 1968. After college, he worked as a teacher in a Head Start program. He also worked as a graphic designer and an advertising copywriter.
In 1976, Brown wrote and illustrated his first book, “Arthur’s Nose.” The book was published by Little, Brown and Company. It was an instant success.
Since then, Brown has written and illustrated more than thirty Arthur books. The series has been translated into twenty-six languages. In addition to the Arthur books, Brown has also written and illustrated several other children’s books, including “The Berenstain Bears” and “The Poky Little Puppy.”
The Arthur book series was adapted into an animated television series in 1996. The show airs on PBS and is one of the most popular children’s shows on television.
Brown lives in Hingham, Massachusetts with his wife, Laurie Krasny Brown. They have three grown children.
Brown has won numerous awards for his work, including the Caldecott Medal and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. In 2003, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Author, Illustrator, Screenwriter, Television producer
Cleveland Institute of Art
Laurie Krasny Brown, Stephanie Marini
Eliza Brown, Tolan Brown
Renita Toulon Brown, LeRoy Edward Brown
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Animated Program
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Series