“I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.” Roald Dahl.
Roald Dahl Day takes place every year on September 13, which just so happens to have also been the Fantastic Mr. Dahl’s birthday. Roald Dahl was one of the world’s most popular children’s authors, publishing 21 children’s books (as well as many adult stories) including the well-loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG and James and the Giant Peach.
Some of his more enthusiastic fans have dubbed the entire month of September as “Roald Dahl Month.” Not that anyone needs an excuse to pick up one of his books, but now you have a perfectly legitimate excuse to re-read some of your favorite stories by Mr. Dahl. The first “real” (non-picture book) book I ever read to my book baby was “James and the Giant Peach” when she was still in diapers, so I think I’ll dig that one out and start there.