Great Books for Kids: Top 5 Roald Dahl Books

Roald Dahl is a legendary children’s author who has written many great books for kids.  We love them all, but our friends at Timbuktu have helped us narrow the list down to the top 5.

Top 5 Roald Dahl Books

“…We ran a quick survey amongst our readers to determine his top five books. Here is the result, in pictures and (our) favorite quotes – share your comments!

#5 – The Twits
“If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it.

A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

(Roald Dahl, The Twits)

#4 – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

“You should never, never doubt something that no one is sure of.”

(Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – the pop-up version in the picture is this.)

#3 – James and the Giant Peach AND The Witches. Tie!


“’My dear young fellow,’ the Old-Green-Grasshopper said gently, ‘there are a whole lot of things in this world of ours you haven’t started wondering about yet.’”

(Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach)


“’My darling,’ she said at last, ‘are you sure you don’t mind being a mouse for the rest of your life?’
‘I don’t mind at all,’ I said. ‘It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like as long as somebody loves you.’”

(Roald Dahl, The Witches)

#2 – The Fantastic Mr Fox


“I understand what you are saying, and your comments are valuable, but I’m going to ignore your advice.”

(Roald Dahl, The Fantastic Mr Fox)

And the winner is… #1 – The BFG!


“What I mean and what I say is two different things,” the BFG announced rather grandly.”

(Roald Dahl, The BFG)

Did your favorite Roald Dahl book miss the list?  Let us know!

To see more great books for kids, check out our recommended reading list here.

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