Arthur Read is the title character of the series. He is a third grade student at Lakewood Elementary in Elwood City. He has two younger sisters, Dora Winifred (D.W.) and Baby Kate. He possesses a sincere partiality towards reading, watching television, playing sports, playing piano and spending time with his friends. He is an aardvark. He wears a yellow cotton sweater and a pair a of blue jeans.