National Winnie-The-Pooh Day

January 18, 2024

So when Christopher Robin goes to the Zoo, he goes to where the Polar Bears are, and he whispers something to the third keeper from the left, and doors are unlocked, and we wander through dark passages and up steep stairs, until at last we come to the special cage, and the cage is opened, and out trots something brown and furry, and with a happy cry of ‘Oh, Bear!’ Christopher Robin rushes into its arms.

Author A. A. Milne in the introduction of his book, “Winnie-the-Pooh” (1926). On this day 142 years ago, A. A. Milne was born; in honor of Milne’s birthday, January 18 is celebrated as National Winnie-the-Pooh Day.

Did you know? The real bear that inspired the beloved children’s books was originally the pet of Lieutenant Harry Colebourn – the Canadian soldier kept the bear (named Winnie) with him until he deployed to France during WWI. He gifted Winnie to the London Zoo, where “Winnie-the-Pooh” author A. A. Milne and his son frequently visited; in fact, A. A. Milne’s son renamed his teddy bear Winnie. Inspired by his son, Milne later created “Winnie-the-Pooh,” a prominent figure in children’s literature. 

Read More: The real story behind Winnie the Pooh

Photo Credit: London Zoo, Winnie, the black bear that lived at the London Zoo and ultimately inspired A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh books.

by Leah Grainery, based in Texas