Just for fun, learn to draw your own picture of Roald Dahl with this fun step by step tutorial.
Roald Dahl was born in Wales on 13th September 1916 to Norwegian parents. His father died when he was 3 years old and he was raised by his mother. He had a fairly unhappy time at boarding school which provided some of the inspiration for his later stories.
After leaving school he worked for the Shell Oil Company based in Africa until the outbreak of World War II, when he signed up with the Royal Air Force. Unfortunately he was injured in action and eventually returned home as an invalid. He was then sent to Washington DC to work as an attaché where, almost by accident, he started his writing career. When he was interviewed for an article about his time in action he offered to write about his experiences. His piece was published in the Saturday Evening Post, who signed him up to write more articles.
In 1943 he wrote his first children's book, The Gremlins, which was originally intended to be made into an animated film by Walt Disney. The film was not made and instead Dahl turned to writing adult fiction, not writing another childrens story until the 1960s.
By this time he was a father himself and had started making up stories to entertain his own children. From this came the stories of James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He went on to write 21 childrens books including Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, The BFG, Matilda, and The Witches, all of which have been made into films. Roald Dahl died on 23rd November 1990.
"If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books."
We've got some lovely activities to explore for Roald Dahl Day and while reading or watching Roald Dahl's books or movies.
Roald Dahl Books and Roald Dahl Day
Roald Dahl Printables
Here's a fun challenge for the kids, ideal for Roald Dahl day or any other time! Can the kids come up with words related to Roald Dahl's books for each letter of the alphabet?
Here's a simple colouring page of Roald Dahl aimed at younger children. You can see he's holding a Golden Ticket for the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory tour!