Whenever there’s a poll to find the nation’s favourite children’s books, it’s usually guaranteed Roald Dahl will feature somewhere in the top 10, and perhaps more than once. His enduring popularity is testament to the quality of his books – they inspire a special kind of devotion from book lovers all over the world.
The wonderful world of Dahl
Today is Roald Dahl Day, an annual celebration of all things Dahl and this year is particularly special as today is the 100th anniversary of the author’s birth. Events will be taking place at schools, libraries, museums – pretty much anywhere really – and all to celebrate the work of one incredible author. See www.roalddahl.com for details.
The appeal of Roald Dahl’s books is far-reaching because the stories are magical and the characters within them truly wonderful – and in some cases, wonderfully awful. They’re all so well written that they simply stay with you, long after you’ve finished the book. I mean, who can forget the spoilt Veruca Salt or the mildly terrifying Miss Trunchbull? Brilliant!
There are so many interesting themes and ideas running through his books that it’s perhaps no surprise to not only see them in the school library, but to also see them being used in the classroom.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the recommended text for our aptly-named Scrumdiddlyumptious! project.
Aimed at Year 3 children, Scrumdiddlyumptious! takes your children on a yummy journey of discovery tasting fantastic fruits, venerable vegetables and tantalizing treats and Charlie is the perfect accompaniment. The chocolate factory setting and Mr Wonka’s creations provide the ideal springboard for discussions about food and recipes, and the characters themselves are ripe for discussion when looking at themes of greed and behaviour.
Our Love to Read teaching guide gives you the tools you need to teach this classic children’s book. It’s packed with information and ideas for you to work with as well as activities that encourage children to talk about their reading.
For a closer look, download your free copy of Scrumdiddlyumptious! as well as our Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Love to Read teaching guide.
A splendiferous quiz
In honour of Roald Dahl Day, we’ve put together a rather splenderifous quiz. How much do you and your children know about Roald Dahl and his work?
We love Roald Dahl!
To celebrate Roald Dahl Day, we’ll be tweeting pictures of Cornerstones staff with their favourite Roald Dahl books. To start us off, here’s Schools Consultant Nicola Marriott proudly showing off her copy of Fantastic Mr Fox.
Follow us on Twitter – @Cornerstonesedu – to find out which Roald Dahl books feature in our top 10. Do you agree? Tweet us and let us know your favourites too!