Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has written a new fairy tale titled The Ickabog and is releasing it for free online, one chapter at a time. She is publishing a new chapter (or 2 or 3) every weekday through July 10th. Rowling says that she wrote the story about ten years ago and intended to publish it after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. She got sidetracked into other projects and never got back around to putting her fairy tale out into the world. In her introduction at jkrowling.com, she writes that over time she came to think of it think of it as a story that belonged to her two younger children, because she read it to them in the evenings when they were little. Rowling floated the idea of publishing the story for free, and her kids (now teenagers) were excited about sharing it. So now we all get to read The Ickabog. The author suggests that we read it aloud with family.
Maybe even cooler than getting a new J.K. Rowling story for free, is the fact that she's asking kids all over the world to help illustrate it. Parents can post their children's drawings on Twitter using the hashtag #TheIckabog. The complete story will be published in November and the best artwork in each publishing territory will be included. Check out some of the artwork that's already been submitted below.
Rowling is donating her author royalties from the published books to projects and organisations helping the groups most impacted by COVID-19.
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