Roald Dahl

A big cheer for Mr Roald Dahl, born 13 September 1916. Yes, he would have been 100 this year. His work has given so much pleasure around the world that there's an actual Roald Dahl Day - and it's the day of his birthday, of course.

Have a look at our events to celebrate Roald Dahl.

Roald Dahl

I read Roald Dahl as a kid - Charlie and the chocolate factory was my fave. The version illustrated by Faith Jaques is the one I remember, not Quentin Blake. Now it's full circle, and am enjoying the delights of reading him to my family. We love The BFG and Matilda. Matilda is the ultimate library kid, a real posterchild for reading:

“So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.”

The library is full of Roald Dahl, books, eBooks, audiobooks, and Chʻalli wa chʻokʻollit kongjang (Charlie and the chocolate factory - in Korean), Rohngngahnchawkgohlaatmahhahtsahjahn (Thai) ... So, celebrate his Dahl-ness - if you want to have a Dahl playday, there are suggestions for things to make and do on the Roald Dahl Day site.

Cover of My Uncle Oswald Cover of Tales of the Unexpected Cover of MatildaCover of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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