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Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl was born in Cardiff in 1916 to Norwegian parents. Before becoming a full-time author, Dahl was a fighter pilot in the Second World War and eventually an intelligence officer. Dahl’s first children’s novel was a collaboration with The Walt Disney Company called The Gremlins. This was intended to be the inspiration for a Disney movie, however, the film never came to fruition (though you can see the original artwork at The Walt Disney Museum). Dahl’s first true success was his third book, the classic James and the Giant Peach. This kicked off a hugely popular run of children’s novels including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Fantastic Mr. Fox and The BFG. Dahl also wrote non-fiction about his early childhood. In 2021, it was announced that the author’s books had sold over 250 million copies worldwide and his estate earned more money that year than any other. Dahl’s work has been adapted into successful movies, stage plays and television shows.

Learn more about Roald Dahl and children’s literature with these activities!

Activity Ideas:

  • Enjoy this fun and spooky storytelling session from our partner Nell Phoenix – here 
  • Challenge yourself with our medium difficulty Roald Dahl word search – coming soon!
  • Learn more about Roald Dahl’s time as a spy with this podcast from our partners at History Hit – here
  • Print off and enjoy the Oomph! Roald Dahl Activity Book – here