Skip to content

Julia and the Shark - Writing and Illustrating Competition Pack

Julia and the Shark is an extraordinary story about ​family, friendship and hope​ from bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave and acclaimed ​illustrator Tom de Freston.

‘Tom de Freston’s stunning illustrations perfectly complement the poetry of Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s story’ Cressida Cowell
‘The art shines and the writing soars – a classic from cover to cover’ Eoin Colfer
‘A truly beautiful book, with text and illustrations in perfect harmony!’ Jacqueline Wilson
As these fantastic authors confirm, it is the marriage between illustration and text that makes Julia the Shark is so special. To celebrate the paperback publication, Hachette Children’s have set the challenge for your students to pair off and create something special using their combined talents. Whether that’s one student crafting an incredible story, complimented by the imaginative illustrations of another, or both students taking a turn at writing and drawing to create something magical.

To help your dynamic duos craft a fantastic story, Kiran and Tom will provide their top tips on how to work together, with an inspirational video to encourage involvement.

The competition will include teaching resources, a schools’ poster with an interactive quiz, and a pack of bookmarks for your class!

You will get to pick the lucky winners and gift your students with our downloadable Julia and the Shark certificate. Tag your winners online with the hashtag #JuliaAndTheSharkDuo by 27 May.

#JuliaAndTheSharkDuo and tagging @HachetteKids and @readingagency.


The Radio 2 Book Club with Steve Wright

The Radio 2 Book Club is part of Steve Wright In The Afternoon. Each month Steve will interview the chosen authors, as well as having brilliant guest stars and real-life listeners on the show to talk about the books too. The Book Club showcases the best in brand-new fiction, from dazzling debuts to blockbuster bestsellers.


How to start a reading group

Interested in joining a reading group or starting one of your own? Download our quick guide to getting started.


Hive and The Reading Agency

The Reading Agency loves books, in every form, and we know you do too. We love it when people borrow books in every format from their brilliant local libraries. We love it when reading groups get exclusive free proofs from our publisher partners. We love it when readers pick up a pre-loved book from a second-hand bookshop for a song. And we also love it when you buy yourself or someone else a brand new book from a high street bookshop. We also know that buying online is quick and convenient...

View our other programmes