J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling

Often compared to best-selling children’s author Roald Dahl, J.K. Rowling is the biggest thing to hit children’s literature since, well, since Roald Dahl. If you enjoy either reading or writing, you’ll want to know more about the British mom who created Harry Potter from her imagination.

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Meet J.K. Rowling4 stars

Scholastic, Rowling's American publisher, presents a brief Rowling bio, along with links to transcripts of live interviews. "Like that of her own character, Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling's life has the luster of a fairy tale. Divorced, living on public assistance in a tiny Edinburgh flat with her infant daughter, Rowling wrote Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone at a table in a cafe during her daughter's naps and it was Harry Potter that rescued her."

National Public Radio J.K. Rowling Interviews4 stars

In this four-minute audio clip from October, 2000, NPR's Margot Adler asks Rowling about her fifth book ("Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix") and the demands of fame. They also discuss the pros and cons of seeing Harry Potter on the big screen in the upcoming Warner Bros. movie. What do you think? Will the director's vision of the characters conflict with those in your imagination? In an earlier 1998 interview Adler probes Rowling about the source of her inspiration. To listen to either segment, you'll need the free RealPlayer plug-in.

Welcome Back, Potter4 stars

This article from the online archive of Book Magazine, analyzes J.K. Rowling's unprecedented success, opening with a few comments from the British editor that gave J.K. Rowling her first big break. Written for the book publishing industry, it has some behind-the-scenes insight that will be interesting to anyone who dreams of being a novelist. If you are doing an author's report on Rowling, don't miss the timeline of her life. You'll find a link to it in a little yellow box in the middle of the article.

J.K. Rowling Resource Handout for Classroom or Homeschool: Just $2.00

Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

Educational Paperback Association: Rowling

Kidsreads.com: Rowling


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Feldman, Barbara. "J.K. Rowling." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 7 Nov. 2001. Web. 28 Apr. 2015. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/rowling/ >.


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