You know you’ve found the right book for your child at the right time when you’ve read it hundreds of times. For my family, Finding Winnieopens a new window by Lindsay Mattick is that book.
The story of Harry Colebourn buying a bear at a train station during the First World War and taking her to Europe where she met a young Christopher Robin has led my family to playacting, LEGO building and drawings all inspired by the true story. What’s more, this nonfiction book opened up the original world of Winnie the Pooh and A.A. Milne to my kids.
Whether you prefer Winnie the Pooh’s original books, new fiction stories, history books, eBooks, audiobooks or movies, the Edmonton Public Library has a large collection to satisfy your Pooh Bear needs.
1. Finding Winnieopens a new window by Lindsay Mattick
Read the amazing storyopens a new window of the bear who inspired the Winnie the Pooh stories and the Veterinarian from Winnipeg who made her an honourary member of his military unit before donating her to the London Zoo. The book includes historic photos from this true story!
Finding Winnie is available from the Edmonton Public Library as a bookopens a new window and eBookopens a new window. The book is also available in animated video form on DVDopens a new window, streaming videoopens a new window and streaming video with read aloudopens a new window.
2. The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Poohopens a new window by A. A. Milne
Why not take a Winnie journey with the classic Milne storiesopens a new window? You’ll be swept into the 100 Acre Wood faster than you can say “heffalump!”
The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh is available from the Edmonton Public Library as a bookopens a new window.
3. The Collected Stories of Winnie-the-Poohopens a new window by A.A. Milne
Perfect for car trips or to hear stories while drawing and building LEGO (as we do at my house), there are lots of Winnie the Pooh audiobooks you can listen to with your kids.
This full cast dramatizationopens a new window of Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner is read by Stephen Fry, Judi Dench, Geoffrey Palmer, Jane Horrocks and Michael Williams.
The Collected Stories of Winnie-the-Pooh is available from the Edmonton Public Library as a downloadable audiobookopens a new window.
4. The Pooh Dictionary: The Complete Guide to the Words of Pooh & All the Animals in the Forestopens a new window by A.R. Melrose
Reading stories written long ago is a chance to explore words that may seem new and strange—this is especially so when reading Pooh stories, which are filled with made-up words and misused terms! The Pooh Dictionaryopens a new window helps to sort out the humorous vocabulary used by characters in the Winnie the Pooh books.
The Pooh Dictionary is available from the Edmonton Public Library as a bookopens a new window.
For a quick bedtime read, try these five-minute storiesopens a new window filled with favourite friends from the Hundred Acre Wood right before turning out the lights.
Winnie the Pooh 5-Minute Stories is available from the Edmonton Public Library as a bookopens a new window.
Want to watch stories of Pooh? Enjoy Tigger’s bounce, Eeyore’s gloom and all of Pooh’s friends in this Disney versionopens a new window of the classic stories.
7. The Tao of Poohopens a new window by Benjamin Hoff
Pooh fun isn’t just for kids. Who knew Pooh was also a great Taoist philosopheropens a new window?
The Tao of Pooh is available from the Edmonton Public Library as a bookopens a new window, downloadable audiobookopens a new window and streaming audiobookopens a new window. There’s also a sequel called The Te of Pigletopens a new window.
8. The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest That Inspired the Hundred Acre Woodopens a new window by Kathryn Aalto
Looking for more true facts? Check out this book about Ashdown Forestopens a new window, a large woodlands in southeast England which inspired Milne’s writing.
9. The Best Bear in All the World: In Which We Join Winnie-the-Pooh for A Year of Adventures in the Hundred Acre Woodopens a new window by Paul Bright, Brian Sibley, Jeanne Willis and Kate Saunders
In the mood for something new? Try this 90th anniversary volumeopens a new window in which various authors write in the style of Milne to continue the adventures of the best bear in all the world. Tiddely-Pom!
The Best Bear in All the World is available from the Edmonton Public Library as a bookopens a new window.
10. Now We Are Sixopens a new window by A. A. Milne
A.A. Milne wrote several beautiful books of poetry. This oneopens a new window includes several poems about everyone’s favourite silly old bear and I think it’s time I place a hold on this volume for my poetry-loving son—who is now six.
Find more great Winnie the Pooh books, movies and more at the Edmonton Public Library.