A.A. Milne, the author behind the world's most famous bear, was born on January 18, 1882. National Winnie the Pooh Day takes place every year on Milne's birthday reminding us all of the beloved stories of Pooh, Piglet, Tiger Kanga and Roo in the the Hundred Acre Wood.
But did you know that Milne was inspired by a real live bear? You can read about that real bear and how she came to be in the London Zoo in Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick and illustrated by Sophie Blackall. This is a Caldecott Medal winner -- so be sure to enjoy the pictures as well as the story!