Roald Dahl Day 2019

Roald Dahl Day 2019

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 2019 Roald Dahl day is focusing on his much loved book Matilda.

Matilda by Roald Dahl

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 2019

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.

10 More Ideas For Celebrating Roald Dahl Day

  1. Wear something yellow – it was Roald's favourite colour!
  2. Wear one or more items of clothing backwards.
  3. Drop "gobblefunk" into your conversations (Gobblefunk was the unique language created by Roald and most commonly used by the BFG).
  4. Swap a Roald Dahl book with a friend.
  5. Talk backwards.
  6. Tell a silly joke – Roald loved swapping these with his kids.
  7. Play an "unexpected" prank.
  8. Give someone a treat – Roald was a great believer in treats, whether it was a bar of chocolate or a lovely surprise.
  9. Write your own revolting rhyme.
  10. 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.

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2017's Roald Dahl Day focused on the new publication of Billy and the Minpins, while James and the Giant Peach was the book featured in 2018's celebrations.

Billy and the Minpins by Roald Dahl has been published in 2019 in a new edition illustrated for the first time by Quentin Blake

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 9th Sept 2019

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