In the Trenches

Thoughts and Ideas from a Classroom Teacher

Roald Dahl’s Birthday

on September 9, 2012

Every year, schools across the US build a full week of fun around Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March 2. It’s even become Read Across America Day! While I am a huge fan of Dr. Seuss and what his books still do to entice and engage young readers, I am also a fan of Roald Dahl. His timeless books, like Matilda, The Twits and James and the Giant Peach, have grasped the imaginations of young and old, alike. They entice reluctant readers; they make for amazing read-aloud books; they tie together parents and children who gravitate towards the quirky but heart-warming stories. Thursday, September 13 marks the birthday of Roald Dahl. Maybe you can take a few minutes of your day to share a special Roald Dahl story with your students! Here are some resources to help you get started.

One response to “Roald Dahl’s Birthday

  1. Hi, my name is Michael Morris and I am an EDM310 student at the University of South Alabama. You definitely hit on a key point about Ronald Dahl. He definitely grasps the imagination of all that read his books. I agree that he deserves a day committed to him just like Dr. Seuss because they both are effective at capturing a reader’s interest and imagination. Hopefully, in the years this day would become as popular as Dr. Seuss Day in schools across America. Like Dr. Seuss Day, Ronald Dahl Day could use celebrities to promote the day and his books. You have a great blog and I’m looking forward to reading more!

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