Winnie-the-Pooh Day

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Today is A.A. Milne’s birthday, which also makes it Winnie-the-Pooh Day. Pooh Bear first appeared in stories in 1926 and he remains a beloved character in children’s literature across generations and around the world. To celebrate, here are a few ways you can enjoy Winnie-the-Pooh in all its glory.

1. Read (or re-read) Milne’s stories.

If you’ve never discovered the magic of Hundred Acre Wood and its inhabitants, now is the perfect time to pick up Winnie-the-Pooh or The House at Pooh Corner and learn all about Pooh and his interesting assortment of friends…

2. Visit the V&A exhibition

1928 photograph courtesy Royal Collection Trust (c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

This year, until Sunday 8th April, the V&A is hosting a very special exhibition all about this much-loved bear. Learn the story of his creation and enjoy the many ways his legacy has been ensured and expanded, in letters, photographs, cartoons, ceramics and fashion.

For more information, visit the V&A website here.

3. Share Winnie’s stories with your friends and family and wait to see if he made the list…

The theme of World Book Day 2018 is Share a Story and what better way is there to celebrate a book than by sharing it far and wide? Join in the fun online using #winniethepoohday and #shareastory or invite friends and family to join you in your read.

If you voted in our Share a Story poll you’ll know that Winnie-the-Pooh was on our longlist of the nation’s 100 top stories to share, in the age 5-8 category. But did he make the final 100? Find out on World Book Day 2018!

Featured image credit:

‘The bees are getting suspicious’, Winnie-the-Pooh chapter 1, pencil drawing by E. H. Shepard © The Shepard Trust, reproduced with permission from Curtis Brown Group Ltd. © Disney. Based on the ‘Winnie the Pooh’ works by A. A. Milne and E.H. Shepard.