Color illustration of Paddington Bear in a blue coat, red hat, and yellow rain boots. The words "IHI BON" are listed on the red hat in capital white letters. The words "I Met Paddington Bear" are listed on the top of button in capital blue letters. Words and illustration are over a white background.
Paddington Bear is a fictional character from a series of more than twenty books written by Michael Bond and illustrated by Peggy Fortnum. The first book debuted on October 13, 1958. The premise behind the books is that an anthropomorphized bear was discovered in Paddington Station, London, by the human Brown family. The family subsequently adopted him and named him Paddington Brown. The character was inspired by a teddy bear that the author purchased near Paddington Station and gifted to his wife in 1956.