The Original Winnie The Pooh

Before Disney took these characters and made them beloved household names, A. A. Milne had a classic literature book series for children. His lead character, Winnie-the-Pooh (yes, hyphenated) also known as Pooh Bear was first introduced in 1924 in a poem from the verse book When We Were Young. Two years later, circa 1926, he finally starred in his very own self-titled book and in 1928 came a sequel, The House at Pooh Corner. The last original major work featuring Pooh Bear was 1927′s Now We Are Six, another poetry collection featuring him.

Disney took these little adventures and transformed him into a lovable cartoon character from several movie incarnations and a television series. Most notably the A. A. Milne characters are known for The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh (1977), a collection of the Disney featurettes Winnie The Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966), Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968) and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (1974).

If you’re at all interested in finding an in-between book series for kids getting old enough to read along with you, these are great. They feature well-known characters but they are also modern classic books.