It’s impossible to guess what Roald Dahl would have thought of YouTube: the children’s author died in 1990, just a year after the web was invented, and 15 years before YouTube was founded.
We know what YouTube thinks of Roald Dahl though: positively. The YouTube Kids app is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Dahl’s birth with a special video playlist chosen by his grandson Ned Donovan.
The videos include actor Kate Winslet reading Matilda; videos where long-time Dahl illustrator Quentin Blake shows you how to draw Willy Wonka and the Oompa Loompas; a cooking tutorial for “wormy spaghetti” (hopefully not how Mrs Twit made it!) and other Dahl-related vids.
“It’s really exciting to see how, 100 years after his birth, my grandfather’s work continues to captivate and inspire millions of children around the planet,” said Donovan.
“I hope the YouTube Kids playlist designed to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl can guide a new generation, to the gloriumptious magic of the world’s number one storyteller.”
The Roald Dahl playlist isn’t the only example of “curated” playlists for YouTube Kids, as the team there is rounding up other experts to make their picks of vids for kids.
British TV presenter and YouTuber Maddie Moate is one of them: she has made a playlist called Get Curious for YouTube’s #TodayILearned initiative. It has 25 videos picked from popular channels, promising education, creativity and technology.
“My own YouTube channel is all about inspiring my audience to “Stay Curious”, to encourage them to get out into the world, ask questions and discover new things, so the aim for my YouTube Kids playlist was to carry the same message and remind us all that learning should be awesome,” said Moate.
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