Celebrating the Birthday of Winnie the Pooh Author A. A. Milne

January 18, 2010

A. A. Milne, the author of the classic children's Winnie the Pooh celebrates his birthday on 18th January. Alan Alexander Milne was born on January 18th, 1882 in London. He worked with British humor magazine 'Punch' as its editor before serving as an officer during the World War I. He started by writing various books and novels and went on to pen a collection of children's poems titled 'When We Were Young.' It was in this book that a bear like character first made its appearance which would later go on to become the Pooh bear we all love so much today.

This year children at a library celebrated the author's birthday by listening to extracts from his famous stories. The librarian, Jeanine Madden read out stories from "Winnie the Pooh and Some Bees" to some 10-children who had gathered at the library.

Speaking about A. A. Milne, Jeanine said that he was amongst the first major writers to write children's books and stories. She also added "The neat thing about the (Winnie the Pooh) books is they don't date. Kids can still relate to the stories".

A. A. Milne died on January 31st, 1952. The first book "Winnie the Pooh" was released in 1926 followed by "The House at Pooh Corner" released in 1928 and a collection of nursery rhymes titled "Now We Are Six" that made it to book stores in 1927.

The celebrated author died in 1952 but his legacy continue to live with us.