Arthur Read by Marc Brown
A Friendly Aardvark!
Kids of all ages (and many adults, too) love Arthur! This adventurous 3rd grader along with his family and friends have touched many areas of a child's life through a vast arrangement of topics and story lines. Starting out as a story about an aardvark and his nose told by a father to a son, Arthur has developed into numerous books in multiple languages, a PBS television show in its 14th season, a helper to teachers in many curricula areas, and a friend to tons of children! Arthur is simply a good kid - a typical elementary kid who learns about life with his friends in his daily activities.
Arthur has been a huge part of our household since the first PBS season when my oldest was just a baby through today when my youngest child still gleefully bounces to turn on the television when it is time for Arthur to be on!
This page is to celebrate what we enjoy about Arthur! As a homeschool mom, I can't help but add educational materials to one of our favorite book series, so you will find Arthur fun pages, educational suggestions for learning, info about the awesome author, Marc Brown, videos, books, toys, and a quiz about this cute a-a-r-d-v-a-r-k! (I can hear Arthur spelling the word like he did when he was in a spelling bee!)
Have you watched Arthur on TV?
Arthur's Nose ~ The Original Story - (This version is bilingual - English & Spanish!)
Several Arthur books may be found in Spanish, French, and Chinese on Amazon!
Published first in 1976 by Scholastic, this story about Arthur focuses on feelings of self confidence. Young Arthur decides he does not like his nose. After trying on several others at the rhinologist's office, he decides that the nose he is born with is the one he should keep!
The Arthur Adventure Series - For Readers K - 3rd Grades
Welcoming a new baby to any home can cause a mixture of feelings to older siblings. When Arthur's baby sister, Kate, is born, Arthur is a bit unsure of the new relationship. When his mom leaves the room for a moment and the baby won't stop crying, Arthur and his friends try many things to help until Arthur matures a little when he discovers how to calm her.
When Arthur dreams of being humiliated in front of his chums, he learns to face his fears and insecurities head on.
When completing a writing assignment for his teacher, Arthur writes his version of when he got his dog, Pal. (See below book.) When his sister, D.W., and others tell him his story is dull, he makes several changes to try to please them. In the end, he learns to trust his own thoughts and creativity when the class likes his original version the best.
Arthur takes initiative to show his parents that he can be responsible with the precious job of caring for pets when he starts his own business of pet sitting. Things go well until one dog in his care disappears after seemingly not liking him. The new canine mother is found in comfort with her new pups - one of which the owner gives to Arthur!
How can Arthur help to make his country great? Well, for one, he can go to Washington, D.C. to visit the White Houses and meet the president after he wins a writing contest.
Having Fun with the Arthur's Friends!
*Take the "Go Green Challenge" in the categories of water, getting around, clothes, energy, getting around, everyday choices, and food (with Buster, of course).
*Join a Club like Library Lovers, the Rain Savers, Plant Planters, Cool at School, or Dress Smart.
*Play educational games with many of Arthur's friends and family.
*Print out numerous activities such as Tower of Cows, Groove It!, Cootie Catcher, Elwingo!, Party Hats, Play-Maker, Masks, Go Fetch!, High Five, Cosmic Combos, Bookmarks, You've Got Braille, Coloring Pages, Crazy Bus, Sign Design, Let's Draw Arthur, and Trading Cards.
~ Arthur Activities at Random House include:
*Games - The A to Z Highway, Help Arthur Get Ready for School, and D.W.'s Glasses Game
*Printable Activities - maze, coloring sheet, matching game, and a doorknob hanger.
*Practice Fire Safety with Arthur and Sparky the Fire Dog.
Arthur Chapter Books - Approximately 3rd - 4th Grade Reading Level
Upper elementary age kids will enjoy the longer chapter books. They are sold as individual books or collections like the one pictured.
Have you or your children read any Arthur books?
Arthur's Friends Plush
We still have our plush Arthur from 16 yeas ago! Find also a stuffed D.W., Francine, and Baby Kate for hours (and years) of fun play!
Arthur Educational Materials - For School & Home
~ Find several cool activities or check out the "Parents & Teachers Section" at PBSKids such as:
*Numerous Lesson Plans including "Story Writing with Arthur" and "Arthur's World Neighborhood" and many other wonderful lessons.
*Activities such as Art, Creative Thinking & Problem Solving, Diversity Appreciation & Understanding, Dramatic Play & Creative Movement, Language & Literacy, Life Skills, Math, Music, Science & Health, and Social & Emotional Development.
*Arthur Resources including When Someone You Know Has Cancer, Kids with Asthma, Arthur at the Library, Parent Guides in English and Spanish, Tips on Reading with Children, Favorite Books, and Party Ideas.
*Events, TV Schedules, Books, & More!
*Act out an Arthur story or two with printable masks and props!
~ Look for the "Arthur Character Trading Cards" (also on PBS). - Use these to study character traits of Elwood citizens. Make a *creative writing activity by putting one of each character card into a box. Have students pick out three character cards in which to start a story. Or, do a *character creation by asking students to create a character or two of their own. Have them draw a picture of their character and list the character's distinct features similar to the trading cards. Use their new characters along with their favorites to write a story. Perhaps students would enjoy creating a character card about themselves.
~ Find 2 Arthur Plays for students at Teachers Net.
~ Find a handful of Marc Brown & Arthur Lesson Plans at Web English Teacher.
~ Marc Brown author study: Arthur's Nose: Lesson plans for early elementary.
~ Arthur's New Puppy Directed Reading Lesson from Teacher's Net.
~ Arthur Goes to Camp Lesson Plan at Scholastic.
~ Arthur Meets the President from Learning with Technology & Literature.
~ Arthur's Teacher Trouble Literature Activities from Bright Hub.
"Meet Marc Brown, the creator of Arthur, D.W. and other favorite characters with this extra special, activity-packed book. Includes how-tos for doing an author study, a personal interview with author/illustrator Marc Brown, a step-by-step Arthur drawing lesson led by Marc Brown, and literacy-building reproducible activities linked to Arthur, D.W. and other books‹with artwork especially created by Marc Brown! Plus, a BIG, colorful Arthur Poster."
Who is your favorite Arthur show character?
Encourage student reading by placing this fun Arthur banner in your library or classroom!
Leap Pad Games has a few interactive Arthur books for children to practice their reading skills.
Arthur Games - Memory, Bingo, Dominoes, & Board Games
"Great game featuring many of the Arthur books from Marc Brown's library! Fun matching game. Be the player to collect the most Arthur book tokens. Remember who has each book! No reading necessary to play. Ages 4-7, 2 to 4 players. Arthur and his friends have each borrowed an Arthur book from the Library. Now try to guess who has which book! Spin the spinner and find the matching stand up character. Then guess which book is shown on the card underneath that character. If you guess correctly, you win that card and collect it's matching Book token!! If you're wrong, remember where that book is so you can try again later! When all 16 book tokens have been removed from the bookcase, the game is over. If you collected the most Book tokens, you win the game!"
Arthur Computer Game
"Arthur and D.W. go around town playing a game of who can read more words. Arthur promises to buy ice cream for his little sister, D.W., if she can read ten words.Ã Ã The twosome race to the park, where D.W. is quick to recognize signs such as zoo, don't walk, police, and ice cream.Ã Ã When she reads wet paint before her big brother does, Arthur is in for a colorful surprise!"
Several fun learning computer games have been developed for beginning readers including Arthur's Wilderness Rescue, Arthur's adventures with D. W., Arthur's Teacher Trouble, Arthur's Birthday, and Arthur's Computer Adventure. All of my children enjoyed improving their reading and spelling skills with their Arthur buddies.
Do you like Arthur and his pals?
Arthur Party - Having an Arthur themed birthday party?
Find several cool activities at PBS.
~ Arthur character trading cards are fun for playing several card games like 'Go Fish', "get to know you" type games, or trading favorites.
~ Elwingo bingo game cards make a fun game!
~ What is a party without some character party hats?
~ Read the story of Arthur's birthday (or, have your young guests act out the story as you read it). You may find masks at the PBS site listed above! The Play Maker even has several cool ideas for creating a play, costumes, props, and more!
~ Color or paint some Arthur pictures or make posters out of them!
~ Have an Arthur drawing contest!
Arthur Art - Watercolor Paints, Stickers, Coloring Books, Electronic Art, Playset
Fine motor skills improve while playing with this paint and sticker book. Other play-sets and art kits are available, also.