Roald Dahl Day

Every year, schools across the US build a full week of fun around Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March 2. It’s even become Read Across America Day! While I am a huge fan of Dr. Seuss and what his books still do to entice and engage young readers, I am also a fan of Roald Dahl. His timeless books, like Matilda, The Twits and James and the Giant Peach, have grasped the imaginations of young and old, alike. They entice reluctant readers; they make for amazing read-aloud books; they tie together parents and children who gravitate towards the quirky but heart-warming stories. Thursday, September 13 marks the birthday of Roald Dahl. Maybe you can take a few minutes of your day to share a special Roald Dahl story with your students! Here are some resources to help you get started. You can check out DE’s podcast “Stuff You Missed in History Class: Five Unlikely Inventors” for another bit of interesting information about Dahl.



  1. Carolyn Stanley said:

    Thanks so much, Kelly. I followed your link to the podcast, and who knew it was part of the website? In fact, if I hadn’t read your post, I would not have learned about the free “how stuff works” app from iTunes. As for Dahl’s invention of the Wade-Dahl-Till (WDT) valve cerebral shunt, who knew? I was so impressed by the fact that he and the other two scientists wanted not one penny from this improvement on the existing cerebral shunt. Dahl had so many incidences of tragedy in his life, yet he persevered and helped others in the process. The story of his invention holds a great deal of meaning for me right now, because one of our 7th grade science teachers at my school experienced a stroke shortly before school began. A shunt was instrumental in draining blood away from his injury and relieving pressure. So, learning about Dahl’s involvement in improving this medical life-saver was all the more powerful. I look forward to rereading some of Roal Dahl’s works as a result of your post.

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