Michael Bond’s literary estate is asking fans to send videos and photos of themselves wishing him a happy birthday to celebrate his 90th next month.
The Paddington & Co estate, which is run by Bond’s daughter, Karen Jankel, will compile the best entries into a video that will be shared online and on social media channels on 13th January - Bond's actual birthday.
Bond, born in 1926, is the author of the bestselling Paddington series, about a bear from Peru who is found by the Brown family at Paddington station.
The first book, A Bear Called Paddington, was published by William Collins & Sons in 1958 and the most recent, Love From Paddington, was released last year. Bond is still published by HarperCollins, which has sold 35 million copies of his books worldwide.
He was awarded an OBE in 1997 and a CBE in 2015 for services to children’s literature.
Full details on how to wish Bond a Happy Birthday can be found on the Paddington website.