Winnie the Pooh is 89 years old but how did he come to be?

January 19, 2015

Winnie B&WA real black bear inspired the adoration of young Christopher Robin for his stuffed toy. The bear was called Winipeg, Winnie for short, so named for the hometown of its owner, Canadian veterinary surgeon Harry Colebourn

To know the full story, turn to Winnie, by Sally Walker, a new picture book for 4-8 year olds…and of course, as in the best of children’s picture books, the adults are in for a treat as well.

In Winnie, you will learn that Colebourn left his bear at the London Zoo while serving in World War I France. When Christopher Robin would visit the zoo, he would cry ” Oh Bear!” And of course, it was his father, A. A. Milne, who would be 132 years old today, who bestowed literary immortality on our beloved Winnie the Pooh.

Something I learned from Winnie—and which I do my vert  best to put into practice—

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?”

Diane returns to Hong Kong January 2015

December 17, 2014

The South Morning Post talks about Diane Frankenstein’s upcoming Literacy Workshops. “Through her bestselling book, Reading Together, Frankenstein shows that when children start reading independently, parents need to become more, not less, involved.” Read More>> Bring Me A Book will host Diane Frankenstein’s Book Camp workshops from January 23-17. For more information and registration,  Go To […]


Reading aloud is a skill but Reading Together is an art

December 17, 2014

Give your children the gift of your time and attention and read to them during this Holiday Season of giving. It is the perfect way to spend special time that becomes more memorable as they grow up. Children do not necessarily remember the details of the stories you read, but they never forget the closeness […]


A wonderful meal deserves conversation to match.

November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving finds me pondering, what am I really grateful for? In addition to good health and meaningful work and relationships, I find that I am more and more aware of how important it is to recognize, with appreciation, the challenges that come my way. In my work with children I am fortunate to have the […]


E-Reading- Story Time or Simply Screen Time?

October 16, 2014

Is E-reading story time or simply screen time is an important question for parents because the ramifications are important. A recent article in the NYT suggested there is ample evidence that suggests that parents who E-Read to their child undercuts the dynamic that drives language development. Parents emotionally engage differently with their children when they read conventional books […]


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