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Jane Read
Jane s3
Gender Female
Animal Aardvark
Birthday Summer[1]
Hair color Brown
Complexion Tan
Favorite color Violet[2]
Residence Reads' House, Elwood City
Family David Read (husband)
Arthur (son)
D.W. (daughter)
Kate (daughter)
Dave (father)
Fred (brother)
Lucy (sister)
Thora Read (mother-in-law)
Gustav (paternal great-grandfather)
Job Accountant
Book debut Arthur's Nose
Cartoon debut "Arthur's Eyes"
Voiced by Sonja Ball
image gallery

Jane Read is Arthur, D.W., and Kate's mother who works as an accountant. She wants the best for her three children, but sometimes embarrasses them. She is married to David Read. Her father is Grandpa Dave.

Physical appearance

Jane Read is depicted with a tan complexion and shaggy brown hair and wears a pink sweater over a white shirt, blue jeans, and white Velcro shoes with purple loops. Like her son Arthur, the white shirt she wears underneath the sweater is tucked into her pants. Originally, she had a long snout and was based upon an actual aardvark with the rest of her family in Arthur's Nose. She and the other aardvarks were redesigned in Arthur's Eyes that was published three years later. In the '80s, she and the other aardvarks had their snouts gradually shortened until it became flat. In the books, she wore different clothes of different colors. In the episode Crushed she dressed like a princess when filling in for the head caterer of the medieval reenactment society. Then again in D.W.'s dream in D.W.'s Time Trouble, when D.W. traveled back in time the differences between the costumes of the two episodes was the color; it was purple in the episode Crushed and pink in the episode D.W.'s Time Trouble.

Past life

Jane grew up near an Unidentified Town on Grandpa Dave's Farm (inferred, as her father, Grandpa Dave is said to have lived there for a long time). When Jane was a baby, she wore a pink dress with white cuffs, a white hair bow, and white shoes. Her diaper was covered by the skirt, and it is likely she wore cloth diapers since they were in favor when she and others her age were babies. During her high school years, when she started dating David, she had longer hair and wore pink disco clothes with white boots that were fashionable between the late 1970s and early 1980s. She is mostly known as a kind person.

Other Media

In the Living Books computer games, she had a light brown complexion and orange hair (and sometimes straight hair) in Arthur's Teacher Trouble and a light complexion and light brown hair in Arthur's Birthday. It was likely due to color and tone restrictions during the 16-bit era of computers and software. In those two games, she was voiced by Jennifer Hewitt before the cartoon show replaced her with Sonja Ball.

In the later games during the 32-bit era of computers and software such as Arthur's Thinking Games, her appearance was the same as she looks in the cartoon show.


Jane is quite caring and loving to her three children. She is a bit more strict than her husband, usually with D.W. as Dave is with Arthur. Arthur always refers to her as "Mom", but D.W. usually refers to her as "Mommy", because D.W. is younger than Arthur. She wants the best for her children, like making sure they keep their rooms clean. Jane is also the most talented at cleaning the house. Jane can sometimes be quite firm when Arthur and D.W. are frequently arguing and quarreling.

See also


  1. Return of the Snowball; it was sunny at the end of the episode and people were going to the pool and having water fights in their garden.
  3. Arthur Loses His Patience


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