J.K. Rowling Releases New Children's Book Online and Announces Illustration Competition

The Ickabog, a standalone title, will be released chapter by chapter into July and published traditionally in November. The bestselling author has created an international competition for children to illustrate it.

This morning, J.K. Rowling announced on Twitter that she will be releasing an unpublished manuscript online, chapter by chapter, every weekday from today through July 10.

"The first two chapters of The Ickabog will be going live in a couple of hours time. Whether you read it yourself, or have it read to you, I hope you enjoy it," Rowling tweeted.

The Ickabog is a standalone fairy tale and has nothing to do with the Harry Potter universe, according to the bestselling author, . 

Not only that, The Ickabog will be traditionally published in November, and Rowling is conducting an international competition for children to illustrate it.

“The best pictures in each publishing territory will be included in the books we intend to publish in November 2020,” she tweeted.

Royalties from the sold copies will go to organizations helping those impacted by the pandemic, she said.

Read Rowling's full post from her website below.




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Kristina Mohler

This is pretty great. Reading Harry Potter aloud to my eldest back in the day was a blast. Looks like my youngest gets to have this experience and she's an artist - grateful for little things like this to look forward to.

Posted : May 28, 2020 04:59

Diane Caryl

Can't wait!

Posted : May 27, 2020 10:07

Lorelei Kaas

I’m a big fan of the Harry Potter series and had to cancel my trip to Harry Potter world because of coronavirus.😭

Posted : May 27, 2020 06:30

Jillian Porter

Thank you! Looking forward to reading this with my children :)

Posted : May 27, 2020 03:48

Sara Roberts

This is amazing! I will share the art opportunity with my HS students! TY!

Posted : May 27, 2020 02:48

Nafin israel

meh wanna read it myself "meh" sounds good it will propably because rowling makes good books

Posted : May 27, 2020 01:54

Param Savla

Very much looking forward to it

Posted : May 27, 2020 01:30

Firdous Hussain

Glad to get such opportunity

Posted : May 27, 2020 05:04

Falak Negi

I'm just hoping that this too will be a series!😃

Posted : May 27, 2020 04:49

Bettie Adams

I have read all of your books. I can’t wait to watch this with my son

Posted : May 27, 2020 03:07

Jennifer Phillips

I’m a librarian at a school in Durham, NC! Can’t wait to share this with my students.

Posted : May 27, 2020 02:48

Holly Woodbridge


Posted : May 27, 2020 02:38

Elizabeth Day

Looking forward to reading this to my son

Posted : May 26, 2020 08:29

Lorelei Kaas


Posted : May 27, 2020 06:30



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