Roald Dahl Day is celebrated on 13 September which was the famous author’s birthday. This year it is extra special because 2016 would have been Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday.
Roald Dahl is best known for the books he wrote for children. Stories, such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches, The BFG and The Twits, are still well loved by children and adults the world over. He also wrote stories for adults as well as film screenplays, including James Bond’s You Only Live Twice, and he co-wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
His first book for children was James and the Giant Peach which was published in 1961. More stories followed including Fantastic Mr Fox, Danny Champion of the World and George’s Marvellous Medicine. In 1978 The Enormous Crocodile was published which was the first book he wrote for younger children and also the first to be illustrated by Quentin Blake.
Many see Roald Dahl as one of the greatest story tellers of our time. Story telling traditions go back thousands of years and are so important for young children and their development. It helps develop language and literacy skills as well as fuelling their imaginations. Whether it’s reading a book with a child or making up a story to tell them, it will all help improve a child’s education.
The stories we hear as children influence our outlook on the world and introduce new places, people, situations, ideas and fantasies. Reading and hearing stories can help children learn how to cope with certain situations in the real world.