Winnie-the-PoohToday is one of my favorite holidays, Winnie-the-Pooh Day! Winnie-the-Pooh Day takes place annually on January 18 in honor of author  A.A. (Allan Alexander) Milne’s birthday. Milne, born in 1882, penned many books for children but is best known for his loveable characters Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin, Kanga, Roo, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, Owl, and Rabbit.

A teddy bear belonging to Milne’s son, Christopher Robin Milne, during childhood inspired Milne to create the Winnie-the-Pooh stories. Christopher Robin named the bear Winnie after a black bear he saw regularly at the London Zoo. The bear was brought to Britian from Winnipeg and given the nickname Winnie.  Pooh was the name of a swan Christopher Robin met during a family vacation. A black swan named Pooh shows up in Milne’s poetry book, When We Were Very Young.

The Winnie-the-Pooh CookbookThere are lots of ways to celebrate this special day. You can read the Winnie-the-Pooh books, watch the movies, make a Pooh-themed craft, or have a Teddy Bear Tea Party! If you feel like getting creative in the kitchen, there are many fun, easy recipes in The Winnie-the-Pooh Cookbook, Winnie-the-Pooh’s Teatime Cookbook, Winnie-the-Pooh’s Cookie Book, and Winnie-the-Pooh’s Picnic Cookbook.

Milne’s characters, especially the beloved Winnie-the-Pooh, had simple wisdom to share. I’ll share some of that wisdom here. Read the words, breathe them in, and carry them with you all day…and every day!

“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together keep me in you heart, I’ll stay there forever.”

“Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”

“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dream, we can be together all the time.”

“Sometimes,’ said Pooh, ‘the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.”

“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest, waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”

“If a person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.”

“Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.”

“Wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on top of the forest, a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.”

Thank you, A.A. Milne, and Happy Birthday!

Happy, Birthday! Winnie-the-Pooh!

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Love,

the Singing Librarian