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Phew! I’ve just remembered it’s Roald Dahl Day! What’s happening?

You’ve just got time to register for Puffin Virtually Live at http://www.puffinvirtuallylive.co.uk/author/roalddahlday2013  and catch the interactive Mischief and Mayhem event at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre hosted by Michael Rosen to celebrate the big day, Roald Dahl’s birthday.

 Q. Ooops! I’ve missed Roald Dahl Day Puffin Virtually Live. Is that it for another year, then?

A. Certainly not. You can have a scrumdiddlyumptious time exploring Dahl’s books with children on any day of the year. The wettest afternoon in a primary classroom will be brightened by a reading of Revolting Rhymes, The Twits or The BFG. Dahl’s autobiographical volumes, Boy and Going Solo, and Michael Rosen’s excellent biography of the writer, Fantastic Mr Dahl will see pupils happily into secondary school.

You will also be able to watch the live-streamed event on-demand at www.puffinvirtuallylive.co.uk.

The day has generated lots of free resources for reading-related fun in schools, libraries and at private parties, which have multiple uses through the year. Check out http://www.roalddahlday.info/Resources.aspx for the whizzpopping Roald Dahl quiz in three levels (Super Easy, Easy and Hard) plus themed party materials (this year’s theme is Mischief and Mayhem) which you can easily customise for any reading promotion or fundraising events. There are even ideas for a Roald Dahl Sports Day (an indoor one, so no need to wait for summer).

Meanwhile the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, devoted to helping children tap into Dahl’s creativity, has an image gallery, writing tips and ideas for home projects, and another “splendiferous quiz”. Go to www.roalddahlmuseum.org

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