Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl Day is celebrated every year on his birthday, the 13th of September, where people all over the world come together to celebrate the magic he brought, and continues to bring, to children everywhere.

The first ever Roald Dahl Day took place on 13th September 2006 – the day that would have been Roald’s 90th birthday, and saw celebrations across the UK, USA and Holland.

Dahl’s birthday was chosen as the day to promote reading, celebrate favourite characters and stories, as well act as ‘Dahlicious Dress Up Day’ to raise money for Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.

During his life he published forty-eight books and wrote twenty children’s book. Alongside being an author, he was also a medical inventor and chocolate historian. During the Second World War he served in the Royal Air Force as a fighter pilot and even as a spy.

The first book Dahl had published was The Gremlins, which is said to have loosely inspired the creatures in the 1984 Steven Spielberg film of the same name. Aside from writing books, he also worked as a screenwriter and worked on the screenplay for the 1967 James Bond movie You Only Live Twice as well as the well-loved classic, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

His children’s books have captivated readers worldwide, with arguably his most famous tales including The BFG, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda and of course Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which has had two Hollywood film adaptations. Many of his books, including Fantastic Mr. Fox, have even been turned into musicals. Dahl created over 250 new words within his books and many characters that captured the hearts of both children and adults alike.

You can find out more about Roald Dahl Story Day and how to celebrate by visiting www.roalddahl.com/create-and-learn/join-in/roald-dahl-day