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Featured books by Marc Brown

Reading Rockets recommends the following books by Marc Brown.

Arthur in a Pickle

By: Marc Brown
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Would Pal ever eat Arthur's homework? After Arthur tells his teacher that his dog ate his homework, he's told to report to the principal's office the next morning. But first Arthur must make it through a night of peculiar dreams! Children's concerns and fears are captured in the pickle Arthur finds himself in.

Arthur Series

By: Marc Brown
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Before Arthur was a television series, he was the star of his own series of books. Children of all ages enjoy Arthur's everyday adventures at school, home, and camp. Younger children will enjoy picture books about the young aardvark, while a series of early chapter books are just right for the newly independent reader.

Arthur Tricks the Tooth Fairy

By: Marc Brown
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

DW's plot to fool the tooth fairy doesn't work so Arthur, her brother of tooth-losing age, assumes a magical role himself. This easier-to-read book is just right for new readers and has stickers intended to reinforce vocabulary.

Arthur's Nose

By: Marc Brown
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

In Arthur's Nose, first grader Arthur decides that he doesn't like his nose. He goes to the rhinologist to change it, but ultimately decides, to the relief of his friends and family, "I'm just not me without my nose!"

Arthur: Anniversary Collection

By: Marc Brown
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Arthur's everyday world, both real and daydreamed, is presented through a lively narration of four books: Arthur's Mystery Envelope, Arthur Makes the Team, Arthur Accused!, and Arthur and the Lost Diary. Children and adults alike will recognize the concerns and the humor in these gentle sagas.

D.W. the Picky Eater

By: Marc Brown
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Arthur’s little sister, D.W., hates to eat many things, but most of all she hates spinach. When she joins the family for a special birthday dinner, D.W. is surprised that her delicious pot pie actually is made with – dread – spinach! Humor and wisdom abound in this engaging tale.

D.W.'s Library Card

By: Marc Brown
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Arthur's little sister, Dora Winifred (better known as D.W.) can hardly wait until she can write her entire name to get her very own library card. Once she does, however, D.W. worries so much about possibly damaging the book she borrowed that she cannot enjoy it. Arthur helps her understand that she can use and enjoy library books safely. Also available in Spanish.

D.W.'s Lost Blanket

By: Marc Brown
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

What happened to D.W.'s blankie? Though Arthur and her dad try to help, it is D.W.'s mom who solves the mystery and saves D.W.'s day.

Dinosaurs Alive & Well! A Guide to Good Health

By: Marc Brown, Laurie Brown
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Lively green dinosaurs with human attributes provide useful information in this guide to wellness. The illustrations that accompany the engaging text create an understanding of overall physical and mental health.

Hand Rhymes

By: Marc Brown
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Fingers creeping, creeping or snowflakes falling delight young children – especially when told in rhyme and dramatized with a caring adult. Familiar and less familiar ditties with directions for hand movement are presented in engaging illustration as well as rhymes.

King Arthur

By: Marc Brown
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Arthur and the other kids in Mr. Ratburn's class take a field trip to a Middle Ages fair where there's competitions and games from the period. Arthur and the others vie with students from another school to uphold their honor in this longer chapter book, which is just as satisfying as the Arthur picture books.

Marc Brown's Playtime Rhymes: A Treasury for Families to Learn and Play Together

By: Marc Brown
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Twenty familiar and some lesser-known rhymes are just right for sharing. Actions are shown in small pictograms that accompany each line. One fingerplay appears on each double page with gentle, idealized illustration for a collection perfect for sharing.

Perfect Pigs

By: Marc Brown, Stephen Krensky
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Good manners and proper behavior is stylish at all times in all places. Nattily dressed pigs demonstrate etiquette and appropriate conduct in a variety of places – from around the house to public places and everything in between – in this lighthearted look at manners.

Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young

By: Jack Prelutsky, Marc Brown
Illustrated by: Marc Brown
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

What better way to introduce children to things fantastic or real than through these 200 short poems? Engagingly illustrated, this classic book features a variety of rhymes both old and new.

Scared Silly! A Book for the Brave

By: Marc Brown
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This collection of spooky stories and poems by well known writers such as Ogden Nash, Jack Prelutsky, and Jane Yolen has been illustrated with wit and verve in Marc Brown's signature style. The effect is to provide young readers with slight shivers along with chuckles.

Visiting the Art Museum

By: Marc Brown, Laurene Brown
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Enjoy Van Gogh, Picasso, primitive and contemporary art, sculpture, and more with a boy, a girl, and their family as they visit an art museum. Reproductions and original artwork combine in this attractive and engaging introduction to visiting a gallery or museum.

Books illustrated by Marc Brown

Farmyard Beat

By: Lindsey Craig
Illustrated by: Marc Brown
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

The peeping chicks can't sleep and so share their beat with a barnyard of animals and Farmer Sue in this bouncy, rhythmic tale complemented by textured collage illustrations.

Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young

By: Jack Prelutsky, Marc Brown
Illustrated by: Marc Brown
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

What better way to introduce children to things fantastic or real than through these 200 short poems? Engagingly illustrated, this classic book features a variety of rhymes both old and new.

Ten Tiny Toes

By: Todd Tarpley
Illustrated by: Marc Brown
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

It's hard to resist babies and baby toes which are "a hundred times sweeter than one could suppose." A sweet, rhyming homage to babies, families, and a lifetime of affection is presented here with textured, softly colored illustrations.

The Banza: A Haitian Story

By: Diane Wolkstein
Illustrated by: Marc Brown
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Vivid colors depict the Haitian setting for a tale in which a goat uses the banza, a banjo, given to him by a tiger, for protection in an unforeseen way. The traditional tale is retold in a way ideal for sharing aloud, and is complemented by expressive illustrations.

Wild About Books

By: Judy Sierra
Illustrated by: Marc Brown
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Molly, the bookmobile librarian, finds a new batch of readers and writers when she accidentally drives into the zoo. "In a flash, every beast in the zoo was stampeding/To learn all about this new something called reading." Lively and appealing illustrations show the fun Molly and the animals have as they build the Zoobrary. Also available in Spanish.

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