J.K. Rowling is about to make children all over the world open a book once more, but this time it'll be a virtual one. The Harry Potter author announced earlier today via Twitter that she's been working on a stand-alone fairy tale unrelated to the Wizarding World, and the good news doesn't end there as the book will be available to read for free online starting later today.

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The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling

The beloved Harry Potter author announced via Twitter that a new children's book will be coming out for free online beginning today. The Ickabog is a story that's written to be read-aloud, though it's also suitable for ages 7 and up to read alone.

Titled The Ickabog, physical copies aren't set to hit shelves until this November, but rather than having every child waiting and bored while stuck social distancing at home, Rowling has decided to release the book early in a surprising way. Instead of all at once, the book will be released on The Ickabog website for free in groups of chapters beginning at 3 p.m. later today.

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Rowling's release plan includes publishing "a chapter (or 2 or 3)" every weekday between May 26 and July 10 and intends to donate royalties of the physical book to organizations helping those impacted by COVID-19.

The Ickabog is intended as a book that's read aloud, though it's also suitable for children ages 7 to 9 to read to themselves. You can learn more about the story in this introduction to The Ickabog on J.K. Rowling's website.

For more free reads, you can score a free 2-month trial to Amazon Kindle Unlimited right now that allows you access to over a million titles — including the entire Harry Potter series from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and more. You don't need a Kindle to read any of these eBooks either as you can use the free Kindle app on your smartphone or tablet, or read on your computer. However, if you are interested in picking up a Kindle, now's the time as the new version is currently on sale for $59.99 via Amazon.

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