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Roald Dahl Day Delight!

Sally Harrison is the School Library Service manager for EES for Schools. Sally has worked in primary school and public libraries for 17 years and as a children’s book reviewer. Sally is a chartered librarian, a member of the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians and has been a board member of the School Library Association. Here, Sally talks about Roald Dahl Day and how your school can celebrate the occasion...

Every year on 13 September, schools across the country simultaneously celebrate “one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century”*

Roald Dahl created some of our all-time favourite children’s stories so this day sees adults and children alike remember and celebrate some of their beloved childhood memories.

Roald Dahl Day happens at schools nationwide and is a great way to theme a day of learning so that all children can be included in the excitement.

Roald Dahl Day usually involves a lot of fun, creativity and silliness. Schools traditionally devote the day to arts & crafts, engaging children in creative writing sessions, reading time, art and decoration - such as decorating the classroom and creating party hats - in time to join the Puffin Virtually Live Roald Dahl Day Show at 14:00.

Fancy dress is a big feature of the day thanks to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. By donating £1 to dress up, you can help fund Roald Dahl Specialist Children's Nurses who provide expert care and support to children with serious illnesses, and their families**. Popular characters such as Willy Wonka, Mr Fox, Matilda and The BFG are all more than likely to make an appearance.

If you’re short of ideas visit: for inspiration and costume guides!

This year’s theme is James and the Giant Peach so, during the Puffin Virtually Live Roald Dahl Day Show at 14:00, there’ll even be a trip to London’s National History Museum to learn about the real insects from the book. Pupils can get involved during the draw-along!

We hope you’re as excited as we are about the day’s activities… But don’t forget to enjoy Roald Dahl’s fantastic stories during this time. Why not read another of his classic children’s book this month? Or tell us which one is your favourite story and why @EssexSLS.

Subscribers to School Library Service can borrow a selection of Roald Dahl books so you have more than enough copies for your pupils to enjoy.


*The Independent. 2014. ,

**Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, , last accessed 13.08.2018