Winnie the Pooh Day
Today is National Winnie the Pooh Day, which celebrates A.A. Milne’s birthday—the beloved children’s author who brought the iconic honey-loving bear to life. Milne’s original collection of classic stories was inspired by his son and his various teddy bears and toys. In 1926, readers began following Pooh’s adventures with his gang of adorable friends, including Piglet, Eeyore, and Tigger. Along the way, they formed an endearing friendship with a young boy named Christopher Robin.
Before his literary success, however, Milne was a WWI veteran who fought on the front lines at the Battle of the Somme. Around this time, he began writing heartwarming tales to try to overcome the dark horrors he experienced. Soon, his stories became a worldwide phenomenon. When the rights were sold to Disney in 1961, Pooh’s popularity grew exponentially. Since then, Pooh Bear has appeared in numerous animated shorts, television shows, and feature-length films. Today, families now dress in themed onesies, women proudly embrace their Pooh-inspired tattoos, and movie producers are planning an upcoming live-action adaptation. Thus, the magic of the Hundred Acre Wood burns brighter than ever before.
Below, I share some of my favorite Pooh-centric books, films, and toys. Grab your honeypots and prepare for a wonderful adventure with this famous fictional bear!
Return to where it all began in Milne’s original work that sparked readers’ imaginations all around the world. This edition also includes magical illustrations that will delight children and inspire parents with a renewed sense of wonder.
Calling all Funko Pop fanatics! This adorable figure of Pooh and his overflowing jar of honey is a perfect addition to anyone’s growing toy collection. Make sure to collect every woodland creature, including Roo, Heffalump, and Woozle.
Winnie the Pooh BBC Radio Series
Read by Alan Bennett, this essential collection of audio books from BBC Books is a great way to introduce children to classic literature. As they fall in love with each animal character, kids will courageously embark on wild escapades. From setting traps, building houses, and inventing games, experience the wonders of the woods for the first time. The full series includes Winnie the Pooh, The House At Pooh Corner, and Winnie the Pooh – The Collection.
Looking for that perfect white t-shirt to lounge around in on the weekends? Now you can do so in style with this cozy tee featuring a beautiful watercolor design of the legendary hungry bear.
Enjoy this original animated classic from the comfort of your own home. This new edition is digitally remastered, restored in high-definition, and packed with hours of bonus material. Perfect for the entire family, Pooh’s wonderful adventures will also lead to many laughs, happy tears, and warm hugs.
Feeling forgetful? This stylish bag has multiple compartments that carry all the supplies needed for an epic journey into the forest. In addition, Pooh’s friendly face front and center will make anyone stand out from the crowd. The only downside? It’s not honey-proof.
In this heartfelt memoir, readers will meet the real Christopher Robin as he recalls his most cherished childhood memories. Throughout, Milne revisits famous characters and locations from his father’s wild imagination. Rather than shying away from his past, he wonderfully embraces every aspect of living an adventurous life. Featuring the many “enchanted places” where he spent most of his days, fans young and old will experience this literary magic once again.
Starring Domhnall Gleeson as A.A. Milne, this enchanting biopic follows the author’s extraordinary life. From serving in WWI and dealing with PTSD to starting a family while balancing a successful writing career, fans will learn how Pooh came to be. Overall, the film beautifully illustrates the everlasting bond between father and son. If you missed it in theaters, don’t fret! The movie will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on January 23.
Who’s your favorite character from Winnie the Pooh? How do you plan on celebrating? Let us know in the comments below!
Feature Image via National Day Calendar