Illustrated Children’s Books from the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum Library Collection

Over the past several weeks, I explored the Cooper-Hewitt Museum Design Museum Library’s collection of illustrated children’s books…

Celebrate the World of Beatrix Potter

Today, July 28, is Beatrix Potter's birthday. She is the author and illustrator of the beloved children stories of Peter Rabbit. Beatrix was born in Kensington, London, England. She  and her family spent many holidays in Scotland and the Lake District. The countryside is where her love of the flora and fauna developed. She became widely respected in the field of mycology not only with her study of fungi but with her watercolors as well.  While in her thirties, Potter published the highly successful children's book The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Potter began writing and illustrating children's books full time. With the proceeds from these books she was able to purchase Hill Top Farm in the Lake District. She published twenty-three books. Many of her books are located at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum Library. The collection also has many of the Peter Rabbit books in pop-up. The Smithsonian American Art / National Portrait Gallery Library also has Beatrix Potter's Art: Paintings and drawings, selected and introduced by Anne Stevenson Hobbs. 1989. —Ninette Dean    

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