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Posted on: October 14th, 2014 by Marc Brown 9 Comments


Arthur, ArthurTV’s Best Role Models of 2014
With positive messages, healthy outlooks, and smart lessons, these characters and celebs are folks kids can look up to.

From Elmo to Doctor Who, TV characters teach our kids lessons, make them laugh, and transport them to otherworldly places. And as many parents know, some TV characters are better influences than others. Though many kids are shifting to YouTube to find characters they can relate to, we estimate kids will still watch an average of 20,000 hours of TV before they turn 18, so it makes sense to steer kids toward the best role models we can find.

Each of these 10 TV characters has something positive to offer kids, whether it’s as a trailblazer in a particular field or as someone kids empathize with as they manage familiar struggles. Complement these TV role models with real-life people who make a personal impact on your kids, and point out the qualities you want your children to emulate.

Why he’s great: Arthur is a sweet, curious, energetic, and studious 8-year-old who — like most 8-year-olds — has his fair share of worries and conflicts. But he resolves these issues — and those of his friends — by being thoughtful and kind and learning from his mistakes.
What makes him extra-special: Arthur has been easing kids through early childhood for 17 seasons, making him one of the most enduring childhood TV characters.

9 Responses

  1. Ciara says:

    You are great at writing books!

  2. Laura says:

    I’m currently working on an author/illustrator presentation for a class I’m taking. I choose you! I remember growing up with Arthur. He is still as smart and funny as I remember. I love all of your books and the importance of the topics you choose to write about. And the illustrations…they are wonderful! Thank you for being so inspiring to young children and using both books and media to do it.

  3. Kim says:

    My daughter (who’s 14) and I so enjoyed meeting you in Cincinnati! It was a highlight for us! Enjoy your egg salad!

  4. John Ylitalo says:

    I’ve remembered reading your books & watching your show from my childhood. I was wondering if you would like to visit KCH Elementary & Marcellus Free Library.

    The addresses are:

    K.C. Heffernan Elementary,
    2 Learners Landing,
    Marcellus, NY 13108


    Marcellus Free Library,
    32 Maple Street
    Marcellus, NY 13108

    • Marc Brown says:

      What a lovely invitation. I feel very at home in a library.
      Take a look at my visits to schools page and see if that might work for you. I would honor those terms if I could drive from NYC.
      Thanks so much for being in touch.

      Marc Brown

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