QES reads “The Ickabog”

JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, has a new book she is publishing in a unique way for children and families. Each day on her website she is posting a chapter or two to read online. Her first posts began May 26 and she plans to have the story complete by July 10. (She plans to release a printed copy of the book in November). We know how much our students love reading and we thought this would be a great way for our K-5 families, students, teachers and staff to read together!

JK Rowling states that the book is a fairytale, without magic, and different from Harry Potter. She said the book is geared towards children ages 7-9, however we know so many of our students outside of those ages will be excited to read her latest book.

Visit “The Ickabog” website to access the free book. Read to yourself, read with a friend, read as a whole family, whatever you wish! Mrs. Oliver and Ms. Fazio will also be posting chapters they will read aloud on our Student Google Classrooms.

Book discussions

We will set up Google Meets for book discussions along the way and push these out via our QES and WHBI Student Google Classrooms. K-2 discussions will take place on Tuesdays at 1pm beginning on June 2. Grades 3-5 discussions will take place on Thursdays at 1pm beginning on June 4 at 1pm.

Illustration competition

Visit https://www.scholastic.com/site/illustrationcompetition.html for details on the illustration competition and submit your illustrations for a chance to be published in the book in November! Our art teachers will be sharing information on their Google Classrooms too, but it is up to parents/families to submit the artwork to the contest website. The contest is for children ages 7-9, however all students can have fun with drawing and share their drawings via social media using the hashtags below.


Share out your reading adventures with the hashtag #QBYTheIckabog.

JK Rowling also created #TheIckabog for children to share out illustrations from the illustration competition for all to see.