Marc Brown is best known as the author and illustrator of the wildly popular Arthur series. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, he grew up hearing stories from his grandma Thora and great grandmother. He found inspiration for many of the characters in Arthur’s world from his own life including his third-grade class at Lakewood School and his family. Brown has written and illustrated nearly 100 books about Arthur and worked as an illustrator for more than 35 years. He’s worked with a number of writers including his most recent book Little Shop of Monsters with R.L. Stine. Other recent titles he’s written include In New York, Monkey Not Ready for Kindergarten and Playtime Rhymes. Learn more about Brown on his website: www.marcbrownstudios.com.