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 Winnie 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 Winnie by Lindsay Mattick
Read the amazing story 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!
2. The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
Why not take a Winnie journey with the classic Milne stories? 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 book.
3. The Collected Stories of Winnie-the-Pooh 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 dramatization 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 audiobook.
4. The Pooh Dictionary: The Complete Guide to the Words of Pooh & All the Animals in the Forest 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 Dictionary 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 book.
For a quick bedtime read, try these five-minute stories 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 book.
Want to watch stories of Pooh? Enjoy Tigger’s bounce, Eeyore’s gloom and all of Pooh’s friends in this Disney version of the classic stories.
7. The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
Pooh fun isn’t just for kids. Who knew Pooh was also a great Taoist philosopher?
8. The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest That Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood by Kathryn Aalto
Looking for more true facts? Check out this book about Ashdown Forest, 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 Wood by Paul Bright, Brian Sibley, Jeanne Willis and Kate Saunders
In the mood for something new? Try this 90th anniversary volume 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 book.
10. Now We Are Six by A. A. Milne
A.A. Milne wrote several beautiful books of poetry. This one 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.