We're all very excited to hear the surprise anouncement by J.K. Rowling of her latest children's book entitled The Ickabog.

Rowling started writing the first drafts of her novel years ago in between the Harry Potter series and would read it to her kids in the evenings. Almost a decade later, she dusted it off and reread the story to her now teenage kids which led her to continue and publish the story of this fairy tale world. 

Moved by the effects of the challeging times of Covid-19 and quarantine, Rowling says the book was written as a read-aloud which might inspire families to read together during the lockdown.  

The author has also decided to release the book gradually and for free between the 26th of May and the 10th of July on The Ickabog website.

There's also a competition taking place. Young illustrators based out of the UK and US can get the chance to have their work included in the book once the printed version is published in November 2020. All the details of the competition can be found here.

And although Rowling will not be judging the illustrations herself, but parents and guardians can post their children's drawings over on Twitter using the hashtag #TheIckabog for the chance to get re-Tweeted by the author! 

Finally, Rowling has anounced that she is pledging all her author royalties from The Ickabog to help groups who've been impacted by the pandemic.