Winnie the Pooh Day

January 18th is Winnie the Pooh Day. It's an opportunity to enjoy your favorite bear and all of his friends.

This day was originally created to celebrate the birth of A. A. Milne in 1882. He was an author of children's story books, and created Winnie the Pooh and his friends. Winnie's pals include Christopher Robin, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, and Roo. Did you know that in his works, he was known as A. A. Milne. The initials stand for Allan Alexander.

So have some fun today. Celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day by reading some storybooks about the adventures of Winnie and his friends. Don't read them alone. Read them with your children!

Some Winnie the Pooh Trivia...

• The first Winnie the Pooh story was published in the London Evening News on Christmas Eve in 1925.

• The first Winnie the Pooh book, titled Winnie the Pooh, was published October 1926.

• Pooh was purchased at Harrod’s department store in London and given to Christopher on his first birthday. He was called Edward (the British proper form of Teddy) Bear at the time.

• Winnie the Pooh was named after a Canadian bear that Milne’s son had seen at London Zoo (Winnie) and a swan near the family’s country home (Pooh).

• Winnie the Pooh has also been referred to as "Pooh" and "Pooh Bear," but never "Winnie" on its own.

• Winnie the Pooh books and videos have been translated in 29 languages.

• Forbes magazine ranks Winnie the Pooh as the second most valuable character with $5.6 billion in global retail sales (Mickey is first with $5.8 billion).

I think that Pooh is just the most adorable bear because he's so cudly and cute! What do you love the most about Winnie the Pooh?

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