Is anyone else out there a fan of stuffed animals? I know I am! One of my favorite stuffed animals has its own special day in September. Every September 9th, it is National Teddy Bear Day!  

Do you know how the infamous Teddy Bear got his name? Or rather, who it was named after?

  • The Teddy Bear was named after President Theodore Roosevelt.
  • It was said that while on a hunting trip for bears, he refused to shoot a bear that was tied up saying that it was unsportsmanlike.
  • After seeing a cartoon about Roosevelt and the bear, Morris Mitchum (who would later found Ideal Toys) created a stuffed bear in Roosevelt’s honor, calling it Teddy’s bear.
  • The First Teddy Bear was created in 1903.
  • In 1963, it was the 60th Anniversary of the Teddy Bear, and Roosevelt’s great-grandchildren actually posed for a picture with the bear, which is now in the Smithsonian.

Original Teddy Bear

This is Moe, Ms. Melissa’s Teddy Bear Friend

Moe hangs out in the puppet theater

Moe reads a picture book

Moe plays a science game on the computer

Moe visits the Kitchen Playtime Room

Moe coloring a coloring sheet

Moe is registered for the 500 by 5 Program at CCPL and has gotten a kids card, too!

Check Out These Teddy Bear Books In Our Catalog

Elmer and the Lost Teddy by David McKee

Baby Elephant cannot get to sleep when he loses his teddy bear, so Elmer sets out to find it.

Teddy Bear of the Year by Vikki Vansickle

The teddy bears’ picnic gets a modern twist in this warm and fuzzy picture book about a young teddy bear who learns that small acts of kindness can make a big difference.

A retelling of the legend of how American president Theodore Roosevelt inspired the making of the first stuffed toy bear.

Otto by Tomi Ungerer

Teddy bear Otto tells the story of his journey from among Jewish children in WWII Germany to the United States years later where he is reunited with David, his original owner.

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