Babar mingles with his fans at his 80th birthday party

30 October — Babar the Elephant fans assembled at Westfield Shopping Centre, White City yesterday to celebrate his 80th birthday!

October 2013

  1. Oct 28

    Half term events in London and Birmingham to celebrate 80 years of Babar!

    Celebrate 80 years of Babar the Elephant in London and Birmingham this half term. Head to Westfield Shopping Centre, White City on 30 October to meet Babar himself (appearances in the Atrium between 12-3), or you can join him at a special children's party at Foyles Bookshop (1st floor) between 3-4pm. The Library of Birmingham is also hosting a birthday event on 31 October, 2.30-3.30pm, with a storyteller, colouring activities and a visit from the King of the Elephants! All events are free.
  2. Oct 25

    Pre-school Babar toys for Christmas

    This year Babar is celebrating 80 years since the books were published in the UK. Now you can introduce a new generation of children to the world’s best loved elephant via these beautiful new traditional toys that have just been launched in the UK.
  3. Oct 16

    Celebrate 80 years of Babar with the gift of a book

    It’s 80 years since the stories of Babar the Elephant were first published in the UK. Today there is a whole range of different books featuring this classic character – still adored by millions and shared between generations – so why not mark this milestone by giving a Babar book to your loved ones this Christmas?

June 2013

  1. Jun 11

    Search is on for original Babar the Elephant fans in 80th Anniversary year

    This year marks the 80th Anniversary since Babar the Elephant books were first published in the UK, and to mark the occasion a nationwide search has been launched to find original Babar fans from the 1930’s onwards.
  2. Jun 11

    80 Years of Babar

     1931       Jean de Brunhoff publishes first book in France: The Story of Babar 1933     The Story of Babar is published in Britain and the United States, with an introduction        by A.A.Milne 1934     Babar the King is published 1937     Jean de Brunhoff dies of tuberculosis, aged 37 1946     Laurent de Brunhoff, son of Jean publishes, Babar et Le Coquin d’Arthur 1960     First feature film: Babar 1969     Babar, TV show broadcast in the UK on BBC 1 weekdays 1985    ...

April 2013

  1. Apr 08

    Babar marks 80th anniversary with first ever men's fashion range

    A designer menswear collection inspired by vintage illustrations of Babar the Elephant launches in London's Goodhood store on 12 April, 80 years after the books about this classic children's character were first published in the UK. This is the first time that permission has been given for original artwork from the iconic Babar books by French painter, Jean de Brunhoff, to be used in a menswear fashion range, and its launch kick-starts the celebrations for Babar’s 80th anniversary in the UK.