Happy World Book Day

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Roald Dahl HQ
Posted on
11:30am, 5th March
Charlie, Matilda, Short stories, The BFG
Celebrate World Book Day with Roald Dahl's Matilda, illustrated by Quentin Blake

We hope you are having a Fantastic, Marvellous, Champion World Book Day (UK and Ireland)! Here are a few of our favourite bookish quotes

The big day is here! All across the UK and Ireland, children are dressing up as their favourite book characters - we've spied a lot of amazing Roald Dahl costumes already. 

To celebrate, here are a few of our favourite Roald Dahl quotes about books, and the wonder of reading.

The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.

Roald Dahl's Matilda

A fine writer will always make you feel that...and don't worry about the bits you can't understand. Sit back and allow the words to wash around you, like music.

Mrs Phelps, from Roald Dahl's Matilda.

It helps a lot if you have a keen sense of humour. This is not essential when writing for grown-ups, but for children, it’s vital.

Roald Dahl, writing in The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More

All you do is to look
At a page in this book
Because that’s where we always will be.
No book ever ends
When it’s full of your friends
The Giraffe and the Pelly and me.

Roald Dahl's The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall…

The Oompa-Loompas, from Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Don't gobblefunk around with words.

The Big Friendly Giant, from Roald Dahl's The BFG

If you're dressing up as a Roald Dahl character for World Book Day, we'd love to see your pictures! Ask an adult to upload any photos for on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and we'll take a look.