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Marc Brown

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.

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.


Childhood Obesity

Marc's presentation will focus on the problem of childhood obesity in America and the effects on families and the nation at large and the presentation will be highly visual. He will talk about how we have dealt with obesity and eating healthy foods in the TV series Arthur as well as educational outreach and website offerings on the subject, discuss ways that fast food restaurants and schools can help fight obesity, and discuss how children are manipulated by the media.

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