Welcome! I hope this website will help readers, parents, teachers and librarians find out more about me and my children’s books. But if you want to know something particular email me here or use my contact form here.
Foul Play was short listed for the 2009 Blue Peter Book Award. Black Op awarded 2013 Solihull Children’s Book of the Year. Ghost Stadium won 2014 Leicester Libraries Our Best Book Award. “One of the best football writers of our time” The Guardian
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“Tom Palmer is definitely in the premier league of children’s authors with an impressive back catalogue of soccer stories.” Mumsnet
There’s something new everyday in December when you visit my Enjoy Reading Advent Calendar here.
Buy signed and dedicated books here or via my contact form here. RRP plus postage (£1 for 1 book; FREE for 2+ books to 1 UK address; outside UK at cost). Gift-wrapped with a Christmas card from me, illustrated by James Innerdale.
“Just to let you know that the books and card arrived safely yesterday, complete with beautiful gift wrapping. Thanks so much ” Fiona
NEW series : Defenders
My new KS2 history series is out now. The three Defenders books feature hauntings from the Iron Age, Roman, Anglo Saxon and Viking periods. Three fast-paced thrillers written to help engage classrooms with the historical context of those periods.
The past is closer than Nadiya and Seth think. Read Chapter 1 of Killing Ground here. Published by Barrington Stoke.
More about all my books for children here.
NEW Kindle books
A FREE Guided Reading pack full of different literacy ideas for the classroom, library or at home to accompany Wings 1 : Flyboy.
Download your pack here.
More literacy resources here.
Diary of a football detective
FREE Follow 14-year-old football detective Danny Harte’s weekly adventures throughout the 2017-2018 season with the National Literacy Trust here.
I am available to visit schools, libraries and festivals from February offering:
“The work of this author is making a valuable contribution to improving pupils’ writing.” Ofsted
“The impact of last year’s visit was massive and has really helped us develop reading with our current year 6 group. In reading surveys and discussions your books always get a mention and are still read by a lot of the year group.” Green Lane Primary School
“There is no doubt that Tom Palmer has a Growth Mindset!” Reigate St Mary’s
“Many thanks for a great morning with our school. Everybody had a fantastic time and the children are very keen to read the books now. The teachers are very impressed with all the resources that you put together as well.” Thomas’s London Day Schools
More on my school author visits here.
NEW Awards & selections
“Tom Palmer is a true reading hero and has been responsible for motivating many thousands of young people to get into books” Booktrust
More awards here.