Thursday, September 2, 2010

Roald Dahl Month - Reading Dahlathon 2010 - What book should we read?

I've yet to read a Roald Dahl book to my daughter, but this month we're planning to test the Dahl waters. You see, September is Roald Dahl Month (in celebration of his birthday month). There's a little celebration and reading challenge going on right now, sponsored by Penguin Young Readers Group called the "Reading Dahlathon." The reading challenge is for kids ages seven to 13 that live in the United States. Kids that participate have a chance to win prizes when they read three of Roald Dahl’s books from September through December 2010. If you'd like to participate, check out the website at and print out a Dahlathon Official Reading Journal. For full details see the website.

For those that really want to have a "dahlicious" month, there's even a Roald Dahl Month Celebration Calendar and Reproducible Activity Sheets to print out.

Also in the news today, Penguin Young Readers released a book called The Missing Golden Ticket and Other Splendiferous Stories. The book apparently includes a chapter that was taken out of the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory book and some other Dahl-related content. I haven't read it yet, but would love to learn more about the missing ticket and character.

And, even though my daughter isn't old enough to truly participate in the reading challenge, we plan to read at least one Roald Dahl book together in September anyway. The problem is deciding which book we should read first. I'm asking my readers for recommendations. We'll choose a book and hopefully read it before Roald Dahl Day on September 13th.

What Roald Dahl book should we read? (My daughter is in kindergarten, FYI.) Let me know in the comments!


Ticia said...

The missing ticket sounds kind of intriguing.

I have a strange love hate thing with Roald Dahl, everyone raves about him, but I always found some of his books slightly disturbing.

Christy Killoran said...

I have read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach to my son (he just turned 6). He loved both books. Dahl definitely has a dark side, but I have no problem skipping words or changing things when I read to my children if need be. I would recommend James and the Giant Peach because I think the book is so imaginative and fantastic. I don't really like the movie though. We watched it without me previewing it first, and it was SCARY!

Ladytink_534 said...

The BFG was the first book I read by him in elementary school I believe. I remember really loving it.

Sandra Stiles said...

Due to her age I believe she would enjoy The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me or The Magic Finger.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

We haven't read much Dahl outside of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and James and the Giant Peach. I think it would be fun to read one off the beaten path :)