Celebrating Beatrix Potter
Helen Beatrix Potter was born in London on July 28, 1866. The Potter family was well-to-do and Beatrix was educated at home by a series of governesses. During her youth she developed a fondness for animals, and later became an expert mycologist (mushroom specialist), a natural history artist, and an ardent conservationist.
Of course, Beatrix Potter is best known for her work as a children’s author and illustrator. Her first published work was the Tale of Peter Rabbit and she went on to create a series of popular animal tales, including the Tale of Benjamin Bunny, the Tale of Pigling Bland, and the Tale of Tom Kitten. She illustrated all of her own works, though she had no formal artistic training.
Later in life, Potter moved to England’s Lake District and became a sheep breeder. She died on December 22, 1943, leaving a significant portion of her land to the National Trust, a land conservation organization in Great Britain.
- The Beatrix Potter Society : This organization promotes the study and appreciation of the life and works of Beatrix Potter
- Beatrix Potter : Prints and Books Features : Collections from the Victoria and Albert Museum featuring Beatrix Potter’s life and work.
- Celebrating 100 Years Of Peter Rabbit – A Beatrix Potter Trail : An illustrated online sketch of Beatrix Potter’s life and work from Culture/24.
- Beatrix Potter : The Picture Letters — This exhibit from the Morgan Library & Museum “tells how a largely self-taught artist and writer used a series of private letters to develop some of the most vividly depicted animal characters in all of children’s literature”
- Beatrix Potter characters remodelled for blind children : A story, with video, from the BBC on creating 3-D images of Potter’s characters for visually-impaired children.
- Tales by Beatrix Potter : A book list of Beatrix Potter’s animal tales, featuring Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, Timmy Tiptoes and other beloved characters
- Peter Rabbit Fun and Games : Games, activities and stories devoted to Peter Rabbit.
- Learning With Beatrix Potter : Ideas for educational activities based on the work of Beatrix Potter from the Educational Toy Factory.
- The Tale of Peter Rabbit and more : Crafts and Activities from first-school Web site.