PickyKidPix helped me organize my children’s books a few years ago. We made a special sticker designation for our collection of Roald Dahl books. She loved Dahl when she was in third grade and she read nearly exclusively from his books for that entire year.
Grasshopper and Sensei also read quite a few Roald Dahl books, also in third grade. Her class wasn’t as ravenous about Roald Dahl as PickyKidPix’s but every kid I met seems to love The BFG and Matilda.
My son probably read the fewest Roald Dahl books in third grade but only because he was on a mission to read every word that Rick Riordan ever wrote. Still, we went through this collection and filled in with some books that I hadn’t read with his sisters.
Roald Dahl just seems to be a part of a happy childhood! His books are perfect read alouds in the classroom or at bedtime.
In celebration of Roald Dahl day today — his birthday — I polled my eighth grade daughter and her friends about their favorite Roald Dahl books. Here’s what they said:
PickyKidPix: Matilda because she’s funny.
Griffin: The BFG because it had fun characters that I could relate to.
Jojo: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory because I loved how the only kid I liked survived.
Yunah: The Witches because it was so funny.
Anna: James and the Giant Peach because his caretakers were really mean.
As for me, my favorite Roald Dahl book is Danny the Champion of the World. I loved, as a child, how Danny and his father outsmarted the evil rich neighbor next door. Danny’s plan of how to poach pheasants is sheer genius. It wasn’t until I read this book with my kids that I noticed how The BFG is snuck into this book. I love when two books collide!
Which Roald Dahl books are your favorites?
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p.s. Here are some more Roald Dahl posts from my archives:
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