New from J.K. Rowling: The Ickabog!

Harry Potter fans have been treated to many great things during the lockdown, but this news may be the best of all… J.K. Rowling will be publishing a brand new story for children - for free online! "The Ickabog" will be serialized and published in daily installments starting March 26th until July 10th.

While this story is not related to Harry Potter in any way, I have a feeling we are about to get a story that rivals the classic Tales of Beedle the Bard, the collection of fairytales well-known and beloved to the children of the wizarding world that Rowling released in 2008.

Even more exciting is that Rowling is inviting her fans to be a part of "The Ickabog's"publication journey by allowing them to contribute their own original illustrations.

All royalties from the publication of the story will be donated to those most impacted by Covid-19.

Read more about the illustration competition and how "The Ickabog" came to be here.

And of course, start reading "The Ickabog" today!

Read James and the Giant Peach with Taika Waititi and Friends to Aid Covid-19 Relief

So far in quarantine, we've been enjoying Storytime with the Obamas, doodling with Mo Willems, and reading Harry Potter with friends of the Wizarding World. Many authors, artists, and celebrities have taken it upon themselves to help entertain us with new twists on our favorite classics. 

Academy Award-winning director Taika Waititi (know for films such as Jojo Rabbit, What We Do in the Shadows, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople) has joined with Partners in Health to put together a 10-episode reading of Roald Dahl's classic tale, James and the Giant Peach. He is joined by an all-star creative cast including Meryl Streep, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Hemsworth, Ryan Reynolds, Mindy Kaling, Eddie Redmayne, Lupita Nyong'o, and many more.

The Roald Dahl Story Company and their partners will be matching every single donation made to the cause. 

New episodes released every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on YouTube. 

Start watching now and donate if you can!