Picture of author.

Beatrix Potter (1866–1943)

Author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit

1,296+ Works 74,308 Members 641 Reviews 78 Favorited

About the Author

(Helen) Beatrix Potter, 1866 - 1943 (Helen) Beatrix Potter was born in 1866 in London where she was privately educated. During most of her adult life, she lived in a farm cottage in Sawrey, Westmoreland County. She was unsuccessful in trying to publish her serious botanical work, watercolor studies show more of fungi, but she wrote and privately published "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" for an invalid child in 1900. This story became a children's classic throughout the world. Other animal characters created by her include, Benjamin Bunny, Jemima Puddle-Duck, and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle. Her tales are illustrated by her own hand in delicate and detailed watercolor pictures depicting her characters. Potter's other works include "The Tailor of Gloucester" published in 1902 and "The Tale of Tom Kitten" published in 1907. At her death in 1943, she bequeathed her property in Sawrey to the National Trust, which also maintains her home as a museum. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Disambiguation Notice:

Try not to confuse with Beatrice Potter (1958-1943), probably better known under her married name as Beatrice Webb, a political writer and Fabian Society/Labour Party activist.

Series

Works by Beatrix Potter

The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902) 12,323 copies
The Tale of Benjamin Bunny (1904) 3,927 copies
The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck (1908) 3,499 copies
The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin (1903) 2,793 copies
The Tale of Tom Kitten (1907) 2,761 copies
The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher (1906) 2,710 copies
The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle (1905) 2,327 copies
The Tailor of Gloucester (1903) 2,224 copies
The Tale of Two Bad Mice (1904) 2,190 copies
The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies (1909) 2,094 copies
The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse (1910) 1,621 copies
The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes (1911) 1,394 copies
The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse (1918) 1,092 copies
The Story of Miss Moppet (1906) 1,016 copies
The Tale of Mr. Tod (1912) 952 copies
The Tale of Pigling Bland (1913) 937 copies
Beatrix Potter: A Journal (1990) 325 copies
A Beatrix Potter Treasury (1990) 270 copies
The Fairy Caravan (1929) 206 copies
The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots (2016) 172 copies
The Peter Rabbit Pop-up Book (1983) 152 copies
Meet Peter Rabbit (1986) 137 copies
Letters to Children from Beatrix Potter (1966) — Author — 116 copies
A Treasury of Bunny Stories (1995) 105 copies
The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Other Stories (1982) — Author — 87 copies
The Art of Beatrix Potter (1955) 83 copies
Peter Rabbit's 1 2 3 (1988) 76 copies
Peter Rabbit Touch and Feel (2005) 75 copies
Peter Rabbit's A B C (1987) 73 copies
Fabula de Petro Cuniculo (1962) 65 copies
Beatrix Potter's Letters (1989) 60 copies
Peter Rabbit's Cookery Book (1980) — Illustrator — 52 copies
Hop To It!: A Scholastic Treasury of Easter Tales (2003) — Contributor — 48 copies
A First Peter Rabbit Book (1996) 46 copies
Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle (1992) 46 copies
Meet Jemima Puddle-Duck (1525) 46 copies
Meet Hunca Munca (1986) 43 copies
The Sly Old Cat (1971) 41 copies
Red Riding Hood (2019) 40 copies
All About Peter (2017) 36 copies
Meet Tom Kitten (1986) 35 copies
Love from Peter Rabbit (2017) 32 copies
Where's Peter? (Potter) (2011) 30 copies
Look! Peter Rabbit (2002) 27 copies
Night, Night, Peter Rabbit (2006) 23 copies
The Tales of Beatrix Potter (1984) 20 copies
Animals with Peter Rabbit (2006) 17 copies
Meet Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle (1987) 16 copies
Shapes with Peter Rabbit (2006) 16 copies
Colours with Peter Rabbit (2007) 15 copies
Meet Benjamin Bunny (1987) 15 copies
Numbers with Peter Rabbit (2007) 15 copies
Peter Rabbit Birthday Book (1994) 15 copies
Tales of Beatrix Potter (2002) 14 copies
Tale of Tom Kitten Pop Up (1988) 14 copies
The Tale of Tuppenny (1973) 13 copies
Peter Rabbit and Friends (2020) 12 copies
Tickle Time, Peter Rabbit (2004) 12 copies
Tom Kitten: Doorknob Books (1999) 11 copies
Peter Rabbit Says (Potter) (2007) 11 copies
Peter Rabbit Counting Fun (2000) 10 copies
Meet Squirrel Nutkin (1987) 10 copies
Peekaboo, Peter! (PR Baby Books) (2011) — Illustrator — 10 copies
Benjamin Bunny (1993) 9 copies
Contos (2017) 7 copies
Cn Tom Kitten Tales (1993) 7 copies
Peter Rabbit (1993) 6 copies
The Tale of Tom Kitten: A Pop-Up Book (1987) — Author — 6 copies
Peekawho? (Potter) (2011) 6 copies
Tales from Beatrix Potter (1986) 5 copies
Peter Rabbit Library 123 (2007) 5 copies
Classic nursery songs (1998) 5 copies
Peter Rabbit 14 Tale (2016) 5 copies
Beatrix Potter (2001) 4 copies
What Can You See Peter? (2019) 4 copies
Peter Rabbit in kleur (1992) 4 copies
Peter Rabbit's ABC Frieze (1987) 4 copies
Peter Rabbit Play-A-Sound (2003) 3 copies
The Peter Rabbit Stories (2023) 3 copies
Peter Rabbit and His Ma (2009) 3 copies
ABC with Peter Rabbit (2000) 3 copies
Beatrix Potter Boxed Set (1984) 3 copies
Peter's First Easter (2023) 2 copies
La Maison de Pierre Lapin (1994) 2 copies
Petter Kanins eventyr (2008) 2 copies
Um Passeio no Lago (2021) 2 copies
Peter Rabbit's 123 Frieze (1988) 2 copies
Mechant Petit Lapin (1977) 2 copies
Short Fiction 2 copies
title (1994) 2 copies
Peter Rabbit Doodle Book (2016) 2 copies
La Caputxeta Vermella (2019) 2 copies
Sagan om Benjamin Kanin (1994) 2 copies
Feliz Natal! 1 copy
Beatrix Potter (2016) 1 copy
La carovana fatata (2023) 1 copy
Chaton (2001) 1 copy
Ухти-Тухти (2011) 1 copy
Peter Rabbit 1 copy
Hill Top Tales Giftset (2005) 1 copy
ʻAlilot Piter Arnavon (2015) 1 copy
Snowball fight! (2015) 1 copy
Parabéns, Pedrito! (2022) 1 copy
Kogutud lood (2019) 1 copy
Pasakos (2010) 1 copy
Så bor djuren (1991) 1 copy
Sister Anne 1 copy
Danger dans le potager (2005) 1 copy
Cyn mynd i gysgu (1997) 1 copy
Peter Rabbit 1 copy
La storia di Tom Micio (1988) 1 copy
Poekie poes (1999) 1 copy
Panache Petitgris (2002) 1 copy
All About Peter Rabbit (1914) 1 copy
Beatrix Potter : (2022) 1 copy
Schuitje varen (2020) 1 copy
Perico el cartero (2012) 1 copy
Katamotxen ipuina (1994) 1 copy
Per Nyuszi kalandja (2000) 1 copy
God natt, Petter (2018) 1 copy

Associated Works

Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature (2007) — Illustrator — 639 copies
The Assassin's Cloak: An Anthology of the World's Greatest Diarists (2000) — Contributor, some editions — 554 copies
In the Nursery (1932) — Contributor — 288 copies
Fictitious Dishes (2014) — Illustrator, some editions — 118 copies
Peter Rabbit's Natural Foods Cookbook (1977) — Illustrator — 94 copies
The Penguin Book of Classic Children's Characters (1997) — Contributor — 90 copies
Folk and Fairy Tales (Childcraft) (1949) — Contributor — 79 copies
Richard Adams's Favorite Animal Stories (1979) — Contributor — 73 copies
The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends [TV series] (1993) — Original stories — 49 copies
Round the Christmas Tree (1983) — Author — 45 copies
The Junior Classics Volume 08: Animal and Nature Stories (1912) — Contributor — 42 copies
Wayside and Woodland Fungi (Wayside & Woodland) (1967) — Illustrator — 23 copies
Tales of Beatrix Potter [1971 film] (1971) — Original story — 21 copies
Big and Little Creatures (1961) — Illustrator — 14 copies
The Tale of Tom Kitten: A Pop-Up Book [Hoffman] (1994) — Author — 13 copies
The illustrators : the British art of illustration 1800-2002 (2002) — Back cover illustrator — 13 copies
The Country Child (1992) — Contributor — 10 copies
The Tale of Peter Rabbit [1991 TV movie] (1991) — Original story — 4 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 5, January 1979 (1979) — Illustrator — 2 copies
The Beatrix Potter Collection [TV series] — Original stories — 2 copies
Peter Rabbit: Season 2 — Original story — 1 copy
Peter Rabbit: Season 1 — Original story — 1 copy
The Tale of Peter Rabbit — Original Author — 1 copy

Tagged

20th century (166) animal stories (202) animals (1,822) anthology (165) Beatrix Potter (1,941) biography (214) board book (253) box set (146) British literature (209) cats (218) children (1,924) children's (3,173) children's book (388) children's books (640) children's classics (398) children's fiction (589) children's literature (1,008) classic (921) classics (679) diary (138) Easter (184) England (326) fantasy (304) fiction (3,423) hardcover (399) illustrated (470) juvenile (335) kids (359) literature (291) mice (237) nursery rhymes (192) own (281) Peter Rabbit (715) picture book (2,870) Potter (170) rabbits (1,028) read (373) series (254) short stories (193) to-read (519)

Common Knowledge

Legal name
Potter, Helen Beatrix
Birthdate
1866-07-28
Date of death
1943-12-22
Burial location
Sawrey, Cumbria, England, UK (Cremated-ashes were scattered in the countryside near Sawrey)
Gender
female
Nationality
UK
Country (for map)
England, UK
Birthplace
London, England, UK
Place of death
Sawrey, Cumbria, England, UK
Places of residence
Hill Top Farm, Sawrey, Cumbria, England, UK
Education
private tutors
Occupations
children's book author
children's book illustrator
mycologist
sheep breeder
farmer
Short biography
Beatrix Potter was born in south Kensington, London, to a wealthy family. She was educated by a governess and had a sheltered childhood with her younger brother Bertram. They kept an assortment of pets, including rabbits, mice, frogs, lizards, snakes, snails, and bats.
She began to draw and paint at an early age, and her parents encouraged her interest in art, providing her with special tutors and taking her to exhibitions at galleries.
The family spent summers in Scotland and later in the English Lake District, which provided much inspiration for her later work. She made her debut as a writer with a small animal book called A Happy Pair (1890), published under the pseudonym H.B.P. Her most famous work, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, was privately printed in 1901 in an edition of 250 copies, and then published by Frederick Warne & Co. Her wildly popular series of children's books, with their charming watercolor illustrations, also launched entire industries of pottery, tea-towels, plush toys, and animated films. With her royalties, she bought Hill Top, a 17th-century farm at Sawrey, Lancashire, in the Lake District, which became the setting for several of her books. At age 47, she married William Heelis, a solicitor, and gradually stopped writing. She bought a sheep farm and spent her last 30 years raising Herdwick sheep.
Disambiguation notice
Try not to confuse with Beatrice Potter (1958-1943), probably better known under her married name as Beatrice Webb, a political writer and Fabian Society/Labour Party activist.

Members

Discussions

Ginger and Pickles in Combiners! (May 2023)

Reviews

A little rabbit is kind of reckless when stealing from a gardeners yard despite his mothers warning against going there. He is captured and almost turned into pie until he manages to escape and get home to his mother and sisters. Having learned his lesson.
 
Flagged
Airyel_Flock | 4 other reviews | Apr 29, 2024 |
Independent Reading Level: Kindergarten - 2nd grade.
 
Flagged
bryannamiddleton99 | 4 other reviews | Apr 29, 2024 |
ages 3-7
Caldecott Honor Award
 
Flagged
lebirdsong | 180 other reviews | Apr 25, 2024 |
 
Flagged
peringek | 1 other review | Apr 8, 2024 |

Lists

Awards

You May Also Like

Associated Authors

Charles Santore Illustrator
Ian O'Leary Photographer
Dave Unwin Director
Dennis Abey Director
Vivian Leigh Narrator
Cyndy Szekeres Illustrator
Dianne Jackson Series Director
Lisa McCue Illustrator
John F. Nunn Translator
Anne Carroll Moore Introduction
David Ezra Stein Contributor
Jen Corace Contributor
Brendan Wenzel Contributor
Kelly Murphy Contributor
Tony DiTerlizzi Contributor
Judy Schachner Contributor
Chuck Groenink Contributor
Jon Agee Contributor
Amanda Stephens Contributor
Charles Micucci Illustrator
Norman Bridwell Contributor
John Speirs Contributor
Bernice Chardiet Contributor
David McPhail Illustrator
Hans Wilhelm Contributor
Teri Weidner Illustrator
Nadia May Narrator
Mary Jane Bowe Voice Actress
Lloyd Owen Reader
Rosemary Leach Voice Actress
Su Pollard Voice Actress
Niamh Cusack Actress
Patricia Routledge Voice Actress
Alan Bowe Voice Actor
Jenny Moore Voice Actress
T. F. Marsh Illustrator
Wendy Craig Narrator
Emily Huws Translator
Rod Ruth Illustrator
Leonard Weisgard Illustrator
Ethel Hays Illustrator
Estelle Frantz Illustrator
Victorine Ballon Translator
Carol Burnett Narrator
Nancy Perkins Illustrator
Al Andersen Illustrator
Pat Thompson Illustrator
K. Olwen Rees Translator
Laurence Model Traduction
Mónica Rubio Translator
Michel Beauvais Traduction
Marjo Keizer Translator
M. E. Translator
Anna Pomaska Illustrator
Kate Olwen Rees Translator
Eike Schönfeld Translator
Helen Mirren Narrator
Marie Angel Illustrator
Pauline Baynes Illustrator
Julius J. Lankes Illustrator
SYDNEY EDWARDS Introduction
Selina Cadell Voice Actress
Sandra Dickinson Voice Actress

Statistics

Works
1,296
Also by
33
Members
74,308
Popularity
#171
Rating
4.1
Reviews
641
ISBNs
3,578
Languages
32
Favorited
78

Charts & Graphs