The first nine Paddington books to be published were all full length chapter books and each chapter in the books is a story in its own right. The series began with "A Bear Called Paddington" which was published in the UK on 13th October 1958. The fourteenth, and most recent title, 'Love from Paddington', was published in 2014.
Whilst Paddington himself hasn't changed over the years, he has been interpreted by a number of different illustrators
In 1972 Michael Bond began writing some shorter versions of the stories. With full colour illustrations on every page, these books were aimed at slightly younger readers. Since 1997 all of the picture books have been illustrated by R W Alley.