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.
Since 2020 it has been celebrated as Roald Dahl Story Day celebrating your favourite Roald Dahl characters, stories and moments with fans the world over.
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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.
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.
Like Dahl's book-loving character Matilda, you can visit your local library to find Roald Dahl's books. You can also buy them at all good bookshops.
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