J.K. Rowling Announces That Her Next Book Will Be For Children


At the start of the year we learned that the HUGELY successful young adult author J.K. Rowling was readying the release of her first novel intended for adult readers. While promoting the release of the book last month, Rowling hinted that she may soon return to the world of children’s books and it looks like that return may be sooner rather than later. J.K. is now saying that her next book will be geared toward kids, signaling a return to the genre that has been insanely successful for her. Whoopee!!

Author JK Rowling has promised fans that her next published book will be for children. The Harry Potter writer was talking to an audience at the Cheltenham Literature Festival. “I think probably the next thing I write, or the next thing I publish, will be for children,” she said. She told fans that she had a “number of ideas on my laptop”, but wouldn’t reveal the details about what she had been working on. The award winner also said that the book would be for “younger children than the Harry Potter series”. It has been 15 years since the author has spoken to fans at the festival. The star was publicising her latest novel, the first she has written for adults, called The Casual Vacancy. It was released at the end of last month and revolves around a by-election to find a parish councillor in the imaginary town of Pagford after Barry Fairbrother dies. She read a passage from the book and Rowling also accepted a bunch of flowers and a letter from a fan. “I know what my next book for adults will be,” she said. “I have a number for children I’m working on.” While taking questions from fans, she also revealed to the crowd at Cheltenham Racecourse that she made up bedtime stories for her three children. “They are tailored very much for my children,” she said. “So don’t expect to see those being published any time soon.” Rowling also said she hadn’t read the Fifty Shades series but did recommend one to readers if, “you are that way inclined”.

It’s kind of hard to feel sorry for a HUGELY SUCCESSFUL author like J.K. Rowling but I can see why she may not want to spend the rest of her life publishing children’s novels. That being said, I really think people ONLY want children’s novels from her. The Casual Vacancy will do very well, I’m sure, but not because it’s a particularly good book (and I don’t know if it is or isn’t). It will do well because J.K. Rowling is most successful author alive today and anything she puts out will sell well. It sounds like she plans to move forward with her career publishing novels for both children and adults. It’s very possible she may one day release an adult novel that will do very, very well all on its own but my guess is that her greatest successes will come when she focuses on what she truly does best … writing for a younger audience.


  • Joan

    Oh well, the “curse” of having an over-the-chart successful career with Potter. TCV will rise and fall on its own merit, not now, but down the line. Right now, it’s just hard to tell.

    Right off the bat (1) it had to compete with Potter, (2) deal with the book genre crosseover snobbery and (3) people’s realization that the book is very different from Potter. In fact, I think a huge part of her audience didn’t seem to process it until they started reading it. (Some people in the Potter fandom are calling it “Fifty Shades of Gryffindor” ….because it has bits of *gasp!* mature content…which is simultaneously funny and ridiculous. Ha.).

    Anyway, I don’t think it’s entirely fair to say writing for children it’s what she does best. I feel she hasn’t written enough of anything else to even make a comparison. Potter would have the upper hand no matter what.