Roald Dahl was more than just a children’s book author, though he was arguably one of the best that ever laid pen to paper. But did you know that he was also an ace fighter pilot, adventurous backpacker, art collector, and medical inventor?
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We learned all of this, and more, while reading Who Was Roald Dahl?
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I was so impressed by this book. It was packed with interesting and fun information about Roald Dahl. I have loved his books since I was a child but I never knew much about the man himself. What I learned made me want to read more!
Here are just a few amazing little facts that we learned.
- He loved to make up new words and created more than 250 new words!
- He did all of his writing in a little hut in his backyard.
- He wrote all of his books by hand because he didn't know how to type.
- He was 6'6" tall!
Books That He Wrote
I'm rather embarrassed to admit that I didn't know about half of these books. Even worse, I knew the book James and the Giant Peach but I didn't know that Roald Dahl wrote it!
Here's a list of most of the children's books that he's authored so that you don't find yourself in the same embarrassing position I did!
Fun Things To Do
Visit the Official Roald Dahl Website
There are so many fun things to do at the official Roald Dahl website. Here are just a few!
- Play Twit or Miss - the most disgusting and fantabulous food fighting game ever featuring The Twits.
- Find out more about Roald Dahl and his fascinating history.
- Get lesson plans that are packed with lots of fun activities for each of Roald Dahl's books.
- Make some Revolting Recipes straight from the pages of Dahl's books.
- Grab the Roald Dahl Day Party Pack for 2018 and celebrate on September 13th!
Watch a Movie Based on a Roald Dahl Book
There are quite a few very well made movies based on Roald Dahl's books and most can be found at your local library! Pick one for your next family night movie!
- Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
- The Witches
- James and the Giant Peach
- The BFG
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
Draw with Quentin Blake
My kids love to draw so they were thrilled when we found these drawing tutorials from Quentin Blake himself!
I love crafts that are quick and easy but don't look like they're quick and easy. When I ran across this dream jars tutorial from Just Happiling I knew it was perfect for us!
Roald Dahl Quotes Copywork
I think what I was most impressed with the many inspiring quotes he shared through his life and books. Enjoy some of my favorites with these free copywork pages.
If you'd like to learn even more about Roald Dahl and his world you can check out these videos we found on YouTube. Please preview them before showing to your children as much of the content wasn't created with children in mind.