Reading Beatrix Potter
One of the most important activities of The Beatrix Potter Society is the reading of the little books by Society Members to children in their local libraries and schools. This project started in 1998 in the UK, as an initiative during The National Year of Reading, and in 2001 in the USA; it has now also reached France, Australia and Canada, and the scheme grows steadily year by year. The classic Tales are now being enjoyed by thousands of children, some of whom are hearing the stories for the very first time. With support from Frederick Warne, Beatrix Potter’s publishers, and from The Beatrix Potter Society, each Reader is given display material together with worksheets and outline drawing masters that may be photocopied by the library or school. Some of the Readers also have copies of the large format editions of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck (now sadly out of print), which enable large gatherings of children to follow the story more easily. Readers also have other personal Beatrix Potter related items which they display or use during the event, and each Reader conducts the Reading in his or her own way, with reference to the age of the children and the specific needs or interests of the group.
Since the project began Readings have taken place in a wide variety of areas, including the UK, USA, France, Canada and Australia, wherever Readers are available. Reading Beatrix Potter gives considerable enjoyment to both reader and listener and, as the scheme grows, so does the appreciation of the work of a remarkable woman.
If you would like a Reading of the stories in your local library or school, please contact the Society at firstname.lastname@example.org, and you will be put in touch with a Reading Beatrix Potter organiser.
For details of forthcoming Readings open to the public, please see our Beatrix Potter News page.