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Thursday, 9 September 2010

Info: Roald Dahl Day

Monday 13th September is the fifth annual Roald Dahl Day.

Last year, I got the whole school taking part in a Roald Dahl quiz. I bought Wonka Bars from Bluewater for the winners. It went down a storm with the pupils. You'd be surprised what 13 year olds will do when there is chocolate at stake. I attempted to make a Giant Peach for display but I didn't really pull that one off.

This year, I wasn't sure I was going to be able to fit in a week of celebrations because we only went back on Monday. I have only just imported the new borrowers into the catalogue and things are still in the getting set-up-for-the-year phase. But then yesterday...I received an email from none other than Justin Somper telling me about the Reading Relay Challenge and giving me lots of information about other events that will be happening all over the country.

For great ideas about how you can celebrate the life and work of Roald Dahl in your library, school or home with your family, go to: www.roalddahl.com

For those of you who are wondering about the Reading Relay, "it is a challenge is for children to read three Roald Dahl books during September – December. All participants can download a Roald Dahl Reading Relay Diary and, on completion of reading three Roald Dahl books, a Buckswashling Book Champion certificate. You can download everything you need to get started, as well as the Roald Dahl Challenge calendar at www.roalddahl.com from September 1st 2010." © Roald Dahl Nominee Ltd, Media Press Release JS

What I like about the idea is that all the work doesn't have to be achieved by Monday. I will have the whole of this term to encourage my pupils to read three books by Dahl and find different ways to introduce them, read extracts etc. I will target my Year 3 classes and the Year 4 book group. And the resources are all free to download.

I might even buy some copies of "WILLY WONKA’S WHIPPLESCRUMPTIOUS ANNUAL – the first EVER Roald Dahl Annual, bursting with story extracts, games, puzzles, a guide to Gobblefunk and ideas to make and do."© Roald Dahl Nominee Ltd, Media Press Release JS I think they would make super prizes and maybe I'll find some activities for the children to enjoy at lunch.

If you celebrate Roald Dahl Day, I'd love to hear what you get up to!


Caroline said...

What a cool initiative!
I just saw this on Twitter, and it's a really good way to make kids read! :)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

For a Wonka bar I would do just about anything ;)

kirsty at the overflowing library said...

bless roald dahl - i read loads of his stuff as a kid. and yes 13 year olds do do anything for chocolate

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I adore Roald Dahl. He is god. That's all I have to say!

Clover said...

Oh what a fun thing to do! I'm only just starting to read Roald Dahl with my boys. My eldest thinks he's wonderful, but there's no surprise. I hope your plans go over really well!

Jo said...

I have always loved Dahl's books, so I'm doing a little "Dahlathon" on my own blog -- reading a bunch of his books and posting about them. Definitely just what I needed to get myself out of the reading slump I had fallen into!