Beatrix Potter Books
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There are 23 Beatrix Potter books

Author-illustrator Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) wrote and illustrated children's books beginning with The Tale of Peter Rabbit in 1902, and five of her books were among the best selling children's books of the 20th century.

(We're big fans of Beatrix Potter's books. We've turned almost all of them into coloring storybooks, available nowhere else! See details in the right hand column.)

In 2006, her life was made into the critically acclaimed movie, Miss Potter.

Miss Potter aspired to be a scientist, developing her skills as an artist in order to depict what she saw under a microscope. Her accomplishments as a scientist were belittled due to her gender, though she received belated recognition after her death.

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Science's loss was children's literature's gain. Beatrix Potter's illustrations were as essential to her books' amazing success as the text.

In 1903, Peter Rabbit became the world's first licensed character!

The creatures Beatrix drew were modeled after the animals that surrounded her at her English countryside home.

You're likely to find the Beatrix Potter books much wordier than modern-day picture books, and in a good way.

You're also likely to find her narrative voice unique.

Rather than a remote and omniscient narrator, Potter often wrote as if she were an individual intimately acquainted with each of the characters and their various quirks and failings and having opinions about each. For instance:

Jemima Puddle-duck was a simpleton: not even the mention of sage and onions made her suspicious.

Nutkin was excessively impertinent in his manners.

The 23 books by Beatrix Potter were published between 1902 and 1930, and all are in the public domain in the U.S., i.e. copyright has expired. That means you can find all of the stories published legally online, including the five listed above on this site.

The best way to experience Miss Potter's tales, however, are in book form. Beatrix Potter: The Complete Tales contains all 23 Beatrix Potter books, complete with original illustrations.

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(Also, check out The Peter Rabbit Coloring Book, exclusive to this site.)

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