Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter (1866 – 1943) was an English author, illustrator, and conservationist, best known for her children’s books featuring Peter Rabbit and other animal characters. The first draft of “The Story of Peter Rabbit” was based on a letter she wrote to a little boy sick in bed, the son of a favorite governess that had cared for Potter in her childhood.

Beatrix Potter Resource Handout for Classroom or Homeschool: Just $2.00

Literary Traveler: Beatrix Potter - More Than Just Bunnies4 stars

"A product of Victorian times, she [Beatrix Potter] far surpassed societal expectations of women of her era and class. She was an accomplished botanical illustrator, a sheep breeder and farmer, a wife, and a conservationist greatly devoted to her home, the Lake District of England." Visit Literary Traveler for a terrific Beatrix Potter bio. Other authors in their Children's Literature section include E.B. White, Faith Ringgold, and Lewis Carroll.

Peter Rabbit and Friends from Beatrix Potter5 stars

This official Peter Rabbit site from Penguin Books is my Beatrix Potter pick of the day. The Beatrix Potter section covers her life and her art, including the display of several pages from her childhood sketch books. For oodles of activities that will charm young Peter Rabbit fans, click on over to Fun. My favorite clicks include Tom Kitten's Colouring, Print and Play pages such as dot-to-dot, and six online games.. But the five illustrated, audio stories found in Storytime top them all.

Project Gutenberg: Beatrix Potter4 stars

Project Gutenberg hosts twenty, free Beatrix Potter ebooks in three formats: HTML with original illustrations, plain old ASCII text, and Plucker for use on a Palm device. There are also two audio books ("The Tale of Peter Rabbit" and "Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter") in MP3. Project Gutenberg is a non-profit organization and even donations of "pennies, nickels and dimes" are appreciated.

Wired for Books: Kids' Corner5 stars

Wired for Books has a collection of nine illustrated Beatrix Potter stories in English and Japanese, and a handful of audio books in English, French, German and Japanese. My favorite recording is the multimedia "Tale of Peter Rabbit" slide show, which is the only one that doesn't require a click to turn the page. To learn more about Beatrix Potter, listen to Don Swaim, host of CBS Radio's Book Beat, interview Potter's biographer Judy Taylor.

Beatrix Potter Resource Handout for Classroom or Homeschool: Just $2.00

Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

24 Hour Museum: A Beatrix Potter Trail

By Gosh: The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Visit Cumbria: Beatrix Potter

Quia: How Well Do You Know Peter Rabbit?


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Feldman, Barbara. "Beatrix Potter." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 11 Jul. 2007. Web. 30 Jun. 2015. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/beatrix-potter/ >.


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