January 18 is National Winnie the Pooh Day. Did you know Winnie the Pooh was a real bear? Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear and Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh introduces young readers to the story of Winnie, a bear cub adopted by Captain Henry Colebourn, who became the mascot of the Second Canadian Infantry Brigade during WWI. Winnie was then given to the London Zoo, where a boy named Christopher visited the bear often accompanied by his father, A. A. Milne. There's also Winnie's Great War, a novel that's great for elementary-aged readers from the authors of Finding Winnie.
Ever heard of Ashdown Forest? You might not have, but in The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest That Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood you'll learn all about the real life inspiration behind the Hundred Acre Wood.
Watch the 1977 classic The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (rated G).
Curious for more details about the real Winnie and A. A. Milne? Check out The True Story of the Real-Life Winnie-the-Pooh, opens a new window article from history.com, opens a new window. Read more about the lives of A. A. Milne and Christopher, opens a new window which are portrayed in the Christopher Robin (2018, rated PG).
You can visit the original Winnie-the-Pooh stuffed animal (originally with hyphens) and Eeyore, Tigger, Kanga and Piglet at the New York Public Library, opens a new window. Sadly you won't see Roo; he was lost in an apple orchard in the 1930s.
Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. - A. A. Milne