J.K. Rowling Unveils “The Ickabog” – Her First Non-Harry Potter Children’s Book…And It’s Available For Free, Online


First written over ten years ago as a bedtime story for her younger children, she decided to share the personal family favourite now online and for free, in instalments, to help entertain children, parents and carers confined at home during the coronavirus lockdown.

She is also inviting children around the world to illustrate her story as the serialisation unfolds online. Parents and guardians can enter their children’s artwork into an official Ickabog Illustration Competition being run by J.K. Rowling’s publishers.



The first instalment of J.K. Rowling’s story for children in lockdown has now been posted for free on this site, opening with Chapter One: Fred The Fearless.

Instalments will be posted every weekday for seven weeks, leading up to 10th July. The Ickabog is a fairy tale, set in an imaginary land, which J.K. Rowling says is ‘about truth and the abuse of power’.

It was written as a read-aloud story, but it’s suitable for seven to nine year olds to read to themselves. The story will be translated into a number of other languages and made available on the website shortly after the English language version appears.

Moreover, the author also revealed on Twitter that later on this year, the book will be published as a normal book.



Credit: Photography Debra Hurford Brown © J.K. Rowling 2018

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