Juvenile Books Author of the Month
A.A. Milne with his son Christopher Robin and the real Winnie-the-Pooh
18 January 1882 - 31 January 1956
Alan Alexander Milne was born in London on January 18, 1882. He had two older brothers named Barry and Ken. The three of them lived with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Vine Milne, at Henley House in Kilburn, England. Henley House was more than just a home; it was also a school. Their father was an educator and schoolmaster.
It can, therefore, be of no surprise that education was a very important part of A.A. Milne's childhood. He learned to read before he was three. His father would often read to the family some of the more important works of the time, such as Uncle Remus.
In 1893, when he was 11-years-old, A.A. Milne started attending the Westminster School in London. This was a college preparatory school. Along with the various adventures he had during his time there, he also spent a great deal of time learning and practicing the art of writing. This skill is one in which his family placed a great deal of importance. In the year 1900, A.A. Milne graduated from the school as a Queen's Scholar and started attending Trinity College in Cambridge, England. Milne was 17-years-old.
While at Trinity College, Milne studied Mathematics. However, it seemed his extra- curricular activities seemed to be more indicative of what lay in his future. In 1902, he was the editor of The Granta, a literary magazine. The magazine contained mostly poetry and short stories. When he graduated at the age of 21 in 1903, Milne went on to become a freelance journalist.
He wrote pieces for a number of different publications in England for several years before he became the assistant editor of Punch, another literary magazine, in 1906. He would hold this post until 1914. These were some of the happiest years of Milne's life. It was during this period that he met his wife, Dorothy de Selincourt, whom he always called Daphne. They married in 1913.
When the Great War (World War I) came in 1914, Milne left his position at Punch to join the British military forces in Europe. He was commissioned with the 4th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He continued to write during his time in the military. He dictated a number of articles, plays, and stories to raise the spirits of his fellow soldiers and those maintaining the homefront.
Upon returning to civilian life at the end of the war, Milne continued writing. Now, he maintained a living as a writer. A number of his works centered around a character modelled after his one and only son, Christopher Robin Milne, who was born on August 21, 1920. Of course he is most famous for these works. This is where you will find Winnie-the-Pooh.
In his Autobiography (1939, pp 285-287), Milne talks of where the characters in the Hundred Acre Wood came from. "The animals in the stories for the most part come from the nursery. My collaborator [the real Christopher Robin] had already given them individual voice...[and]..by constant affection had given them the twist in their features which denoted character. ... I described rather than invented them. Only Rabbit and Owl were my own unaided work."
Milne died at the age of 73 on January 31, 1956.
J-Milne The House at Pooh Corner (1961) - Ten adventures of Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger, Piglet, Owl, and other friends of Christopher Robin.
J-MIL The Pooh Story Book (1965) - Three adventures of Christopher Robin and his friends.
J-Milne Winnie-the-Pooh (1974) - The adventures of Christopher Robin and his friends in which Pooh Bear uses a balloon to get some honey, Piglet meets a Heffalump, and Eeyore has a birthday. This is the book that started it all.
J-821-M The Christopher Robin Book of Verse (1967) - Twenty-four illustrated poems about a little boy and his make-believe friends.
J-821-MIL Now We Are Six (1955) - For all who are six or sixty-six, or anywhere in between, A.A. Milne wrote this collection of verses about Christopher Robin and, of course, his great friend, Winnie-the-Pooh.
J-821-M The World of Christopher Robin (1958) - This is a collection of some of Milne's more popular works including When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six.
J-821-MIL When We Were Very Young (1961) - A collection of verses that reach into the heart of the youngest listener. Milne's poems sing with a playful innocence, piecing together worlds of reality and enchanting make-believe.
92-Milne Autobiography (1939) - Learn about his life in his own words. He takes his readers through each stage of his life with interesting tales. Note: This book is from the adult non-fiction collection.
For Information About the Real Christopher Robin
92-Milne The Enchanted Places (1975) - Written in his fifties, this work by Christopher Milne looks back at the child forever enshrined in "that enchanted place on the top of the forest" and at the boy growing up for whom that child became a burden. Note: This book is from the adult non-fiction collection.
92-Milne The Path Through the Trees (1979) - Christopher Milne continues the tale of his life. He carries his readers through his adult life and centers much of his book on his time serving the military during World War II. Note: This book is from the adult non-fiction collection.
Titles by Others Based on Milne's Characters
BdBk-Leave Leave It To Pooh (1996)
BdBk-Disney Blackberry Surprise (1997)
BdBk-Disney Night Time Mystery (1997)
BdBk-Disney Roo's Big Adventure (1997)
BdBk-Winnie Winnie-the-Pooh All Year Long
E-Alexander Disney's Winnie the Pooh and Valentines, Too (1998) by Lisa Alexander - It's almost Valentine's Day and Christopher Robin has been bitten by the Love Bug and is suffering from lovesickness. In order to cure him, Pooh and his friends try to find another Love Bug to "unbite" him.
E-Braybrook King of the Beasties (1998) by Ann Braybrooks - Join Pooh and his friends as they find out who really is the King of the Beasties.
E-D Winnie-the-Pooh Meets Gopher (1965) by George Disantis - Pooh meets a new friend in this tale. Rather than sharing a lunch with him, Gopher digs him out of trouble.
E-Disney Caws and Effect (1991) - Rabbit needs help from his friends when crows raid his garden.
E-Disney Eeyore's Tail Tale (1991) - Eeyore is forever stepping on his tail and decides to leave it off. Meanwhile, his friends make use of it until it turns up missing when he wants it back!
E-Disney Fast Friends (1991) - Pooh is always slow. His friends try to help him move faster, but the results are even worse!
E-Disney The Masked Offender (1990) - Tigger emulates his hero, the Masked Offender, and tries to perform good deeds, but he winds up causing havoc.
E-Disney Windswept Away (1990) - Piglet gets blown around by a strong wind and his friends try to help him. Piglet ends up rescuing Pooh, instead!
E-P-DIS Winnie-the-Pooh and the Blustery Day (1969) - Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends battle the wind in the rain as it causes all sorts of trouble in the Hundred Acre Wood.
E-Disney Winnie-the-Pooh and the Toy Airplane (1990) by Joan Phillips -Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, and Piglet save Roo using Tigger's toy airplane.
E-Disney Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger, Too (1975) - Rabbit plans to unbounce Tigger, but he disovers that he likes a bouncy Tigger Best.
E-Milne Winnie the Pooh Tells Time (1996) by Ernest H. Shepard - Preschoolers are introduced to the concept of time by spending a fun-filled (and snack-filled) day with that Silly Old Bear, Winnie-the-Pooh.
E-Packard The Grand and Wonderful Day (1995) by Mary Packard - It is a beautiful day in the Hundred Acre Wood and Pooh would like to have some fun with his friends, but no one seems to be home.
E-STO The Story of Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger (1978) - Here is the story of how Winnie-the-Pooh met Tigger and how they spent their first afternoon together.
E-Talkington Boo to You, Winnie the Pooh! (1996) by Bruce Talkington - Halloween is simply not a Piglet sort of day. It shivers, it creaks, and it's terribly full of spookables! But just when Piglet thinks it couldn't get any scarier, who shows up at his door but all his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood.
E-Talkington Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin (1997) by Bruce Talkington - When Christopher Robin is nowhere to be found, Pooh and his friends undertake a perilous search for him and learn they're smarter, braver, and more loyal than they ever dreamed they'd be.
E-Talkington Winnie the Pooh's Bedtime Stories (1994) by Bruce Talkington - Winnie-the-Pooh can't fall asleep, and each of his friends tries to help by telling him their favorite bedtime stories.
E-Talkington Winnie the Pooh's Christmas (1994) by Bruce Talkington - Pooh realizes that he has forgotten to get his friends Christmas gifts and stockings. Read about the adventures he has in his quest to obtain them.
E-Talkingto Winnie the Pooh's Easter (1993) by Bruce Talkington - Just what has Winnie-the- Pooh found atop the highest hill in the Hundred Acre Wood? It's an egg, but not just any old egg -- it's a giant egg, taller than Christopher Robin, with violet stripes, bright green squiggles, yellow polka dots andpink swirls.
E-Talkington Winnie the Pooh's Valentine (1995) by Bruce Talkington - It's Valentine's Day in the Hundred Acre Wood and love is in the air. On this very special day, Roo confesses to Winnie-the-Pooh that he wants to give his mother a valentine, but he doesn't know how.
E-Zoefeld Pooh's First Day of School (1997) by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld -Christopher Robin is going away to school! Pooh and his friend wonder what happens at school so Christopher Robin teaches them all about the first day.
ABC-Gaines Pooh's Leaf Pile (1999) by Isabel Gaines - Join Pooh and friends in an adventure that can only happen in the Fall.
J-745.59-F The Pooh Craft Book (1976) by Carol S. Friedrichson - Directions for handicrafts inspired by Winnie-the-Pooh, including felt picture, hunny pot, snow scene, and stuffed animals.
Welcome to Pooh Corner (http://www.pooh-corner.com/) - This great site uses a map of the Hundred Acre Wood to explore its inhabitants and the people who helped create it.
Welcome to Pooh's Page (http://www.winniethepooh.co.uk/) - This site has games and information related to Pooh and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood.
The Winnie-the-Pooh Club (http://come.to/poohclub) - Check out this site completely devoted to the lovers of Winnie-the-Pooh. It has songs, games and all sorts of information.
The Winnie-the-Pooh Collection (http://www.penguinputnam.com/yreaders/pooh/winnie.htm) - This site provides a great deal of information about the characters from the Hundred Acre Wood, their creator A.A. Milne, and the original illustrator of the books, Ernest H. Shepard.
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