Happy Birthday Winnie-the-Pooh!

by Steve Laube

On this day in 1926 the book Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne was published by Methuen in London. Our household has celebrated this day each year with my wife baking Winnie-the-Pooh shaped cookies. (Yes, it is a scary thing to be a man in a house of Winnie the Pooh celebrations…)

Some say the real birthday is the day Christopher Robin Milne was given his stuffed bear (August 21, 1921). But since I’m in the publishing business I prefer to mark the date with the publication of the book that started it all. And if you collect rare books I found this listing where Ernest Shepherd’s own copy (he was the illustrator) can be purchased for only $95,000.

So, “Happy 86th birthday!” to Winnie the Pooh.  (Go bake some Winnie-the- Pooh cookies and celebrate.)

7 Responses to Happy Birthday Winnie-the-Pooh!

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    Renee Andrews October 14, 2012 at 5:25 am #

    Definitely a birthday to celebrate! Love, love, love Winnie the Pooh!

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    Lisa October 14, 2012 at 5:32 am #

    The very best stories!

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    Sandie Bricker October 14, 2012 at 6:17 am #

    I had no idea you were so adorable. 🙂

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    Elizabeth Goddard October 14, 2012 at 6:47 am #


    I’ve collected a few rare books and have an old copy of Winnie the Pooh, but it’s a Copyright 1957 version with “new coloration.” LOL

    My kids are young enough they still love me to read this to them. 🙂


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    Victoria October 14, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    I love Pooh! Happy birthday Pooh… thanks for the memories!

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    Peter DeHaan October 15, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    May the books we write today be remembered and celebrated in 86 years!


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