J.K. Rowling announced Tuesday that she has written a children's fairy tale called "The Ickabog" and will release chapters of the book online each weekday for children to enjoy during these "strange, unsettling times."
She told fans the book is not a spin-off of her best-selling "Harry Potter" series, but a brand new story and she wrote "most of a first draft" more than 10 years ago. She decided now decided to publish the book for free online, so "children on lockdown, or even those back at school during these strange, unsettling times, can read it or have it read to them." So at least one chapter of the story will be published every weekday from Tuesday until July 10 on "The Ickabog" website. Rowling is getting children involved in the book by asking them to illustrate it.
The parents or guardians of kids between the ages of 7 and 12 can then enter the completed pieces in a competition to have their art appear in the book. The drawings can be submitted online to the publisher of the artist's respective country. An edition of the book will be printed in English in November. Rowling said she will donate her earnings "to projects and organisations helping the groups most impacted by Covid-19."