“James and the Giant Peach” puppets (Photo by damon)

When it comes to kids and reading, there are certain authors that stand out in kids’ minds. There are even fewer whom these kids actually remember when they get older. Roald Dahl is one of those authors.

Dahl was born in Wales in the United Kingdom in 1916. He served as a fighter pilot and an intelligence officer in the British Army during World War II. In his time in the military, he was considered an important figure in commanding troops and making some key decisions as an officer. In 1953, he married American actress Patricia Neal in New York City. The couple had five children.

The first written work that Dahl published, which was picked up by a newspaper originally in 1942, was called A Piece of Cake, a short story about his time serving in World War II. Contrary to what many consider one of the most daunting conflicts in history, Dahl describes his adventures in the war is a bit simpler than some have been led to believe. His first official children’s book that he wrote was called The Gremlins, and it told the story of mischievous creatures who were involved in messing with fighter pilots trying to fly a plane.

Perhaps some of Dahl’s most popular works are James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Both stories tell the tales of children who are involved in exciting adventures – one involving a fictional-sized peach and anthropomorphic creatures, and the other involving a huge factory that produces chocolate. The names of these books are captivating enough, but the stories inside them are as marvelous as ever, especially in the eyes of young readers. Dahl also authored popular books of poetry, plays, fiction for adults, and a number of non-fiction writings that are a bit lesser known.

Other works Dahl published include:

The Magic Finger

Fantastic Mr Fox

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

Dirty Beasts

Rhyme Stew


Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes

Dahl passed away at the age of 74 in the year 1990. He left a lasting legacy as a creative genius with a pen that could put some of the most far-fetched ideas on paper. If you are a parent looking to get your kids reading more, give them a copy of one of Roald Dahl’s books. They’ll be sure to enjoy it. Use Textbooks.org to find all of your books, including fiction and non-fiction textbooks.