Creator of Arthur the Aardvark
- Marc Brown
Aimed at kids four to eight, Arthur the Aardvark chronicles the adventures of an eight-year-old aardvark, and explores real issues faced by real kids. The stories unfold in realistic ways that don't always turn out as we--or Arthur and his friends--might expect. Marc Brown has provided families with a way to think about and discuss upsetting and potentially frightening experiences our children may encounter in their communities and on television. Arthur on PBS has won the Peabody Award and three Daytime Emmys. In 2002, Arthur was named by TV Guide as one of the Greatest Cartoon Characters of All Time.
Children's Literacy: Why Marc Brown Took Arthur from Page to Screen
In this keynote, Marc Brown focuses on the importance of literacy in children's lives and why he took Arthur from the printed page to the television screen. He shares his creative process and how his childhood played an important part in what he does today. He chronicles where his characters came from and the adventures he has shared with Arthur, including meeting four Presidents and traveling on Air Force One. Lastly, he describes why he is now focusing on illustrating books rather than writing, and why celebrities feel entitled to write children's books.
Arthur the Aardvark Series
Marc Brown is the creator of the bestselling Arthur Adventure book series and co-developer of the children's PBS television series, Arthur. He has also created a second book series, featuring D.W., Arthur's little sister, as well as numerous other books for children. Marc Brown lives with his family in Tisbury, Massachusetts on Martha's Vineyard.