Roald Dahl Day
James and the Giant Peach; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Fantastic Mr. Fox; Matilda and the BFG. Many of these names should be familiar to adults as well as children of all ages. These are all the creative creations of Mr. Roald Dahl, which many people don’t know.
Roald Dahl Day is a celebration of this creative master and all that he did by bringing stories about fiction and wonder to children around the world.
Find out more about Roald Dahl, and celebrate his amazing work on this most wonderful of days!
Roald Dahl’s life and personal story is truly remarkable. It all began in 1916 in Cardiff in Wales, UK, where Roald was born in the home of Norwegian parents Sofie Magdalene Dahl (Harald Dahl). Roald, at the tender age of three lost his sister and father. Although it would have been simpler to go back to Norway, Roald’s mother decided to stay in Wales in honor of his father’s wish that he be educated at British schools.
Roald was 13 years old when he attended Repton School in Derbyshire, England. There he would create one of his most significant works. According to legend, Cadbury sent chocolate bars to Repton School to be tested by students. This led Roald to dream of creating a chocolate bar that would please Mr. Cadbury. You don’t need to be a genius in order to know that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was born from this.
Most people don’t know that Dahl wasn’t originally an author. After graduating from school, Roald became a Fighter Ace in WWII. He had a distinguished career that included some of the most important air battles in the war. He suffered from severe headaches, which eventually prevented him flying. The rest of his military career was spent as a diplomat and writer.
He wrote The Gremlins during this period. This was his first children’s book. It was written by Walt Disney Productions for promotion of a full-length movie that was not made. In 1943, it was published as a book. Dahl wrote prolifically from then on, creating some the most beloved stories in history.
Roald Dahl Day wasn’t established until 2006, more than 60 years later after his first book was published. It was also more than 15 years since his death. His 90th birthday was the day that Roald Dahl Day began.
Millions of people, including adults, have spent hours immersed in Dahl’s world. This is the perfect day for us to honor this creative genius. The day to honor Dahl is celebrated all around the globe because his books are so beloved (translated into at most 58 languages).
This day is about creativity and having fun. These ideas can be used as inspiration to celebrate this day in creative ways.
Dahl is known for his imaginative and humorous stories. Although most of these stories are fictitious and feature far-fetched characters, some themes and topics are real.
You can celebrate Roald Dahl’s authorship with a book you borrowed from the library or a group of children reading together.
A Roald Dahl story party can be thrown with friends, family, or even neighbors. It’s a great way to get everyone involved. Dahl’s website has a lot of great tools and supplies, so it is easy to throw a party filled with fantasy, fantastical fun. Although the stories may be fictional, the fun will still be real!
You can also find resources to decorate classrooms, create characters, hold competitions and complete puzzles. https://www.roalddahl.com/
Don’t forget to bring lots of Willy Wonka candy, especially Gobstoppers, to the party! https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/gobstopper-day/
People might then want to see Fantastic Mr. Fox and other films that are based on his work.
Consider putting out a donation box and collecting money for Roald Dahl’s Marvelous Children’s Charity. You can also encourage your friends to donate online to this incredible charity, which supports specialist nurses who care to seriously ill children throughout the United Kingdom.