Marc Brown was born in Erie, Pennsylvania on November 25, 1946. He started his passion for drawing at a young age of 6 when he created pictures for his grandmother Thora who was his main supporter. Once graduating high school at McDowell Senior High School he attended Cleveland Institute of Art. His goal in life was to become a children's literature author. Though everything didn't plan out like he wanted to after he graduated college...
Marc created al of the Arthur children's books. He came about Arthur when he was reading a bedtime story to his son. This story then became known as Arthur's Nose. Marc creates his books from past history in his old classroom and visiting school. Many of the characters are of his children's experiences, their friends, and children that he visits in schools.
“There are wonderful ideas for stories all around all you have to do is keep your eyes and your ears open. It might be something that happens at home with your sister. It might happen in your classroom. It might be on the bus. I feel envious of kids, because they are right in the middle of it, while I have to try and remember!"
“My ideas have to germinate a long time before they come together in a book. I depend on drawers full of scraps of stories, bits of dialogue, quick drawings, titles, concepts. At any one time there are probably 100 ideas in the drawer, not all of them good. Sometimes just one small part of a drawing, one line of a vignette is usable.”