Read J. K. Rowling’s Tale of The Ickabog Online And Compete To Have Your Illustrations Published!

J. K. Rowling is best known for her Harry Potter series, which you can check out online with your Abbot Public Library card through Overdrive or on the Libby app. She has even published some adult books under the name Robert Galbraith. Now she is back with a children’s book she originally shared only with her children: The Ickabog. Set to be officially published in November, she is posting her story a few chapters at a time on The Ickabog website

Not only can you read the story for free online, bit by bit, but you can compete to have your illustrations printed in the published book! Children between seven and twelve years old are invited to have a parent or guardian submit their drawings or paintings for them in the official competition run by the author’s publishers. Find out more about how to enter the competition here

Each week when a new chapter (or two or three) is published, J. K. Rowling gives suggestions for what to draw to go along with the text, but she wants kids to let their imaginations run wild! She won’t be judging the competition – the publishers will. You can still share your artwork on Social Media with the hashtag #TheIckabog. Feel free to post your artwork on the Abbot Public Library Facebook page!

If you miss reading Rowling’s Harry Potter series, check out the related items in Abbot Public Library’s Overdrive and hoopla collections of fact books, quiz books, cookbooks, music, and even a movie, including:

101 Amazing Harry Potter Facts by Jack Goldstein and Frankie Taylor

Harry Potter: A History of Magic 

The Science of Harry Potter by Mark Brake and Jon Chase (also available on hoopla)

Harry Potter: The Ultimate Quiz Book by Jack Goldstein (also available on hoopla)

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook by Dinah Bucholz (there’s also a Summer Treats edition!)

The Unofficial Harry Potter Fan’s Cookbook by Aurélia Beaupommier

50 Amazing Cocktails Inspired by Harry Potter by Archie Thomas

The Unofficial Harry Potter Jokebook series for Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin (or you can check out the 4-book boxed set)

The Harry Potter Spellbook Unofficial Guide by S.G. Eastment 

Mischief Managed – The Harry Potter Collection (music)

Harry Potter’s Halloween (music)

The Original soundtracks for each of the eight films

J. K. Rowling and the Birth of Harry Potter movie

Fun YA Themed Quizzes from the Interwebs

Internet quizzes are great. You can spend hours down the rabbit hole of figuring out what kind of soup you are or if you can guess which Disney movie a close-up photo was taken from. Completing these quizzes can be mindless fun that doesn’t require a lot of stress, and while stuck at home sometimes that is exactly what is needed. We especially appreciate when internet quizzes include books where you are able to test your knowledge and try to guess the answer before you finish. 

So, if you are looking for a fun way to pass the time while you are stuck at home, here are a few YA themed quizzes. 

Can You Remember Which YA Books These Quotes Came From? from Epic Reads

Which YA Series Do You Belong In? from Bookstr

Which Boy from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Fits Your Personality? from Book Riot

You can read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han on Overdrive or through the Libby app! 

Can You Guess the YA Novel from its First Sentence? by SparkNotes 

And the amazing quizzes from the Wizarding World are always fun.

Don’t forget – you can access teen books on Overdrive/Libby and hoopla!