Our featured author for November is Marc Brown, best known for his “Arthur” series.  Marc was born on November 25, 1946 in Erie, Pennsylvania (an original illustration by Marc Brown now hangs in the children’s department of the Erie Public Library).  As a child, Marc loved to draw and listen to his grandmother tell stories (he claims she is the best storyteller ever).

Marc Brown attended The Cleveland Institute of Art.  He then worked a variety of jobs, including truck driver, short order cook, soda jerk, actor, and chicken farmer!

The idea for the “Arthur” books came one night as Marc told his son a bedtime story about an aardvark named Arthur who hated his nose.  Arthur’s Nose was published in 1976.  There are now many picture books in the “Arthur’s Adventures” series, as well as books about Arthur’s sister, D.W.  There is also a series of “Arthur” chapter books and an “Arthur” TV show on PBS.  Marc Brown has also been the illustrator for picture books by other authors.

Marc Brown now lives in Massachusetts with his wife and daughter.  For more information about Marc Brown, or to check out one of his books, please see the “Happy Birthday” display in the LMC.  You can also visit Marc Brown’s website at www.marcbrownstudios.com.