Roald Dahl Day: Celebrating a remarkable storyteller


Roald Dahl is widely regarded as the world’s best storyteller, so it’s perhaps unsurprising that there’s an awareness day in his name. 

On his birthday, 13th September, Roald Dahl Day celebrates the author’s life and the many unforgettable characters that feature in his books.

Alongside fancy dress, teachers can use the day to showcase some of this finest works, including James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr Fox, the BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

All of the books are icons in their own right and can be used to encourage creative thinking and a general love of reading.

Born to Norwegian parents, in Llandaff, Wales, many of Dahl’s works take inspiration from his extraordinary life experiences.

As well as his thrilling and inspirational children’s fantasy fiction stories, he also wrote screenplays for both film and television – including the classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and 007 hit You Only Live Twice.

To mark Roald Dahl Day, primary and secondary school teaching staff are encouraged to use a portion of teaching time to help inspire and amaze the next generation of children.

A wide array of lesson plans relating to numerous Dahl works can be found here, providing teachers with all the resources needed to bring his magical worlds into the classroom.

As part of the Roald Dahl Day celebrations, Puffin Virtually Live also hosts a themed event, broadcasting to schools around the world. 

Pupils will be able to learn all about Dahl’s writing secrets, while they’ll also be a drawing challenge from illustrator Quentin Blake. To find out more or to register for the event, click here.