1. Happy Birthday Roald Dahl! Happy Birthday to you!

September is the birthday month of Roald Dahl and this year he would have been 100 years old. Imagine being born on September 13, 1916! You may know him as the author of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’—my all-time favorite book of his. He also authored ‘Matilda’, ‘James and the Giant Peach’ and a host of others. Roald Dahl was a firm believer in reading to your children.

Did you know? Reading aloud to your kids is not just a wonderful way to bond, but also important for brain development? Pediatrician Dr. John Hutton of www.readaloud.org says:

-By age three 85% of a baby’s brain is grown and by age 5, their brains are 90% developed.

-At birth babies’ brains have around 100 billion neurons and by age three they have 1,000 trillion connections between them, shaped by their early experiences.

-Babies are expert listeners, by age 9 months they have figured out what are the most important sounds in their native language. These are the building blocks of learning to talk.

Just for kids: 

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Fun Facts About Roald Dahl

  1. He started out writing for grown-ups. He was even accepted by Maxwell Perkins, possibly the most  famous editor of all time who worked with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe. Check out the movie, Genius with Colin Firth, Jude Law and Nicole Kidman.

    Alas Mr. Perkins died before they could work together.

  2. He worked in counterintelligence for the British government during WWII.
  3. As a schoolboy he and his classmates were official taste-testers for Cadbury Chocolates.  Roald Dahl declares in his wonderful memoir, ‘Boy’, this was the seed for the idea of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6667.Boy
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