Roald Dahl Day 2017
The first Roald Dahl Day was held on September 13th 2006, which would have been Roald Dahl’s 90th birthday. From a small beginning the event has now grown into an annual event held every 13th September as a celebration of the work, life and multi-faceted legacy of one of the world’s best-loved storytellers.
In 2017 Roald Dahl day celebrates the publication of a new edition of Billy and the Minpins, illustrated for the first time by Quentin Blake.
Events take place up and down the UK in schools, libraries and particularly in the village of Great Missenden, where Dahl live and worked for many years. These are centred around the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre and his home Gypsy Cottage.
The aim of the day is to, get kids reading, to see if you can also do something marvellous and to raise some money for Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity at the same time.
How to Celebrate Roald Dahl Day 2017
On September 13th – Roald Dahl’s birthday - schools, libraries, bookshops and community groups across the world will join in the biggest ever celebration of Roald Dahl Day.
- If you want to throw your own birthday party for Roald Dahl you can download a free party pack with lots of colouring pictures, puzzles and party ideas. This 2017 pack includes lots of new Billy and the Minpins activities to try out!
- Have a go at our free printable Roald Dahl wordsearch and anagrams.
- Have a Roald Dahl Dress-Up Day. Dress up as your favourite character from one of the books - Willy Wonka, a Twit, James, Matilda or even the BFG! Here are some easy Roald Dahl character costume ideas.
- Join in the special Magical Minpins events at on Saturday 16th September and Sunday 17 September, 11am to 5pm at The Roald Dahl Museum, Great Missenden Buckinghamshire. Some events must be booked in advance.
- Watch the Roald Dahl Day 2017 Show at Puffin Virtually Live. The show will be broadcast from the countryside of Buckinghamshire where Roald Dahl lived and you’ll even get to take a tour of the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre! Make sure that your teacher knows all about it - it takes place from 2pm to 2.30pm on 13th September.
More Ideas For Celebrating Roald Dahl Day
- Wear something yellow – it was Roald's favourite colour!
- Wear one or more items of clothing backwards.
- Drop "gobblefunk" into your conversations (Gobblefunk was the unique language created by Roald and most commonly used by the BFG).
- Swap a Roald Dahl book with a friend.
- Talk backwards.
- Tell a silly joke – Roald loved swapping these with his kids.
- Play an "unexpected" prank.
- Give someone a treat – Roald was a great believer in treats, whether it was a bar of chocolate or a lovely surprise.
- Write your own revolting rhyme.
- Make up an Oompa Loompa dance and get all your friends to join in!
Like Dahl's book-loving character Matilda, you can visit your local library to find Roald Dahl's books. You can also buy tham at all good bookshops and online at Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.
About the Authors: Alex Freeman is a freelance writer specialising in parenting and family topics and can be contacted via eParenting. Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of eParenting.
Updated © eParenting 13th August 2017