Picture book birthdays

2012 saw a plethora of birthdays/anniversaries being celebrated by a variety of children’s books and characters and covering a wide range of ages. 

Perhaps the most famous among those for younger readers were the 25th birthday celebrations for “Winnie the Witch” and “Where’s Wally”.

Winnie first made an appearance in 1977 (the Queen’s Silver Jubilee), with the humour of Valerie Thomas being beautifully interpreted by Korky Paul.  Over the years Winnie, and Wilbur her cat, have gone from strength to strength; not only going into space, but using a computer and exploring the sea.  This autumn she had a new adventure with dinosaurs, and a special anniversary edition of the first book has also been published to commemorate the great event.  

“Where’s Wally” is equally popular with young and not so young library users.  In fact Wally is a hero across the world, being known by a variety of names in a large number of   Countries.  He is celebrating his 25th birthday this year, and Walker books marked the event with a big  cake at the IBBY World Congress in London during the August Bank Holiday.


“Dear Zoo” is 30 years old 


For older children we have a group of books and series that have reached a venerable age.  They are: 

“Captain Underpants” is now 15 years old

“Coraline” is 10 years old

“The BFG” is 30 years old – celebrate on Roald Dahl Day, 13th September

 “A Wrinkle in Time” is 50 years old

“Charlotte’s Web” is 60 years old

And the “Famous Five”  celebrated 70 years since they began their adventures.


What a fantastic year .  We can only hope that 2013 will provide us with the same quantity of celebrations, as we all love to party!