Everyone's favourite chubby, little cubby bear turns 90 this month. The beloved children's book character, Winnie-the-Pooh, was inspired by an orphaned Canadian black bear cub found in White River, Ontario and adopted by Lieutenant Harry Colebourn, who named her "Winnie" after Winnipeg, Manitoba where he was based. Colebourn took Winnie with him when he was deployed to Europe and made arrangements for her to be kept at the London Zoo. That's where A.A. Milne would visit her, along with his son, Christopher. 1
From humble beginnings in small-town Ontario to world-wide, enduring fame, Winnie-the-Pooh has been read, watched, coloured, and hugged in homes around the world for nine decades. And with the Canadian connection it's no surprise Canadians love the willy, nilly, silly, old bear, too.
To celebrate Winnie-the-Pooh's birthday, we decided to see which books have sold the most copies in Canada since 2006 (which is when we began collecting sales data). Here you have it!