Anne Carroll Moore

Anne Carroll Moore and Beatrix Potter

Anne Carroll Moore sitting in front of a bookshelf

A die-hard Anglophile, Anne Carroll Moore wished, naturally, to meet the creator of Peter Rabbit on her first trip to England, in the spring of 1921. Beatrix Potter had left London years earlier to live reclusively as a Lake District sheep farmer. Might she agree to receive an American admirer, Moore asked her British editor? "I can only wish you luck," replied Fruing Warne, gloomily. Moore finessed an invitation and was ambling up to the artist's cottage when, suddenly, "Potter came 'out of the hay' to greet me...her bright blue eyes sparkl[ing] with merriment."

Potter knew of Moore's pioneering efforts to promote children's literature and thanked her for championing it as an art form—a case seldom argued in Britain. As a parting gesture that sealed their friendship, Potter opened her portfolio and invited her discerning guest to "choose any one piece you think your children in New York would like."

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Beatrix Potter on her farm with her dog

Kerlan Features

Beatrix Potter Process Art

1928

The Fairy Caravan by Beatrix Potter cover, a horse pulling a boxcar and a circus elephant

The Fairy Caravan

Written and Illustrated by Beatrix Potter

1929

Henry-Fisherman by Marcia Brown cover, a figure stands on a sailboat, a bright blue sea and sky surrounds the boat

Henry-Fisherman: A story of the Virgin Islands

Written and Illustrated by Marcia Brown

1949

East of the Sun and West of the Moon

Written and Illustrated by Ingari and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire

1951

Madeline and the Bad Hat by Ludwig Bemelmans Cover, 12 girls in two straight lines near a fountain, a boy on a bicycle is spraying them with water

Madeline and the Bad Hat

Written and Illustrated by Ludwig Bemelmans

1956

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