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Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl Day is the annual, global celebration of the world’s number one storyteller, his beloved stories and unforgettable characters.

This year Roald Dahl Day is happening on September 13th with James and the Giant Peach leading the festivities. You can find lots of brilliant ideas and activities in this year’s stupendous Roald Dahl Day party pack which is free to download from the Roald Dahl website.

LGfL have a range of resources that can support you and your students during this week.

Why not listen to some of Dahl’s Stories via Listening books. This audio book service supports the National Curriculum from Key Stage 2 all the way through to A-Level and has a huge range of fiction and non-fiction titles for both adults and children. Listening to audiobooks allows children and young people to follow the same books that their friends and peers are reading, improve comprehension, word recognition as well as helping to instil a greater understanding and enjoyment of literature.

The Dahl books on offer are:

BOY: A memoir of Roald Dahl’s childhood containing some hilariously true stories, such as the great mouse plot of 1924, when an eight-year-old Dahl and his gobstopper-loving friends took a just revenge on the disgusting sweetshop owner Mrs Pratchett.

MATILDA: Matilda is a very clever little girl, but her terrible parents don’t like her, and her head teacher, Miss Trunchbull, is very frightening. She isn’t very happy. Then one day Matilda starts moving things with her eyes, and after that she isn’t afraid of anybody! The official Roald Dahl website offers planning to go with this.

THE GREAT AUTOMATIC GRAMMATIZATOR: Bizarre, amusing and grotesque, these tales enter the unexpected world of Dahl. They illustrate the different lives that people lead: a life of chance, of risk and of plain bad luck. The stories are specially chosen for teenagers to introduce them to Dahl’s work for adults.

Did you know Roald Dahl wrote many of his best-known children’s stories, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda, in a writing hut in his garden? Why not check ReadingZone live to see how other authors get their inspiration to create?


Roald Dahl was famous for the large amount of fun and exciting words he made up. Why not create a phizz-whizzing Dahl inspired dictionary, using j2e5 and combined it with BBC Sound Effects to create a multimedia presentation? (with some very rude sounds!)


Roald Dahl was famous for the large amount of fun and exciting words he made up, Why not create a phizz-whizzing Dahl inspired dictionary, using j2e5 and combined it with BBC Sound Effects to create a multimedia presentation? (with some very rude sounds!

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Research the Roald Dahl’s history via The Guardian and The Observer News Archive to inspire you students. For example, you could use the article below to get children thinking about who would be the most popular children’s author today. You could ask children to research this online or get them to create their own poll using j2vote and then collate the data with j2data.

On the day, you can watch also watch Roald Dahl Day show! Find out how amazing authors like Adrian Edmondson are inspired by Roald Dahl’s writing and look for gems from the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. You can register here to watch on the day.

Minecraft has a number of Roald Dahl themed immersive worlds for children to access. Minecraft’s open world environment encourages players to build wondrous things, tell stories and go on adventures in mysterious and amazing worlds. Minecraft: Education Edition brings this creativity into classrooms. Students have new ways to visualize stories and express their ideas, explore plot elements, create their own stories and immerse themselves in the world of James and the Giant Peach , George’s Marvellous MedicineThe Great Mouse Plot from Boy Masters of Invention from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Whatever you are doing for Roald Dahl day, please share your activities via our twitter or Facebook pages, it would be great to hear from you.




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