Tom Palmer children's authorWelcome! 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 subscribe to for my regular e-newsletter here or email to ask me something particular here or use my contact form here.

“One of the best football writers of our time” The Guardian

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I am the author of three Puffin football children’s series, Football Academy, Foul Play and The Squad.    
 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.           An excellent fast-paced detective novel” The Times 

 “Tom Palmer is definitely in the premier league of children’s authors with an impressive back catalogue of soccer stories.” Mumsnet

Christmas signed books

Order my free signed bookplates for your books or buy my signed and dedicated books here or via my contact formhere.  RRP plus £1.50 per book to cover post & packing) outside UK at cost).  Gift-wrapped with a birthday or Christmas card from me. “Just to let you know that the books and card arrived safely yesterday, complete with beautiful gift wrapping. Thanks so much  Fiona

To nominate a child for Christmas book giving, please see here .

NEW October 2018

New illustrated middle grade fiction title starring Roy of the Rovers, the classic British children’s football hero rebooted for the 21st century!

Roy of the Rovers MORE here

Armistice Runner 2018

Keen young fell-runner Lily discovers her great-great-grandfather’s diaries from the First World War.  Could his incredible story of bravery help her reconnect with her gran -who she is losing to dementia – and even give her the inspiration she needs to push through and win?  More here.

Armistice Centenary 2018 Resources

  • The Armistice Runner Challenge – a running and memory activity for schools
  • Literacy & History powerpoint and missing punctuation worksheet
  • Literacy & Sport powerpoint and SPAG worksheet
  • Literacy & Dementia powerpoint and comprehension worksheet
  • Colouring sheets

FREE Downloads from here  




More about all my books for children here.

Author Visits Availability

Tom Palmer author visitI am available to visit schools, libraries and festivals from April 2019 offering:

History Author school visit

“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

“Every single child in the hall, of all ages and stages, absolutely loved what he said and did and I had teachers staying voluntarily (when they had free time, reports to write and other things to do!) and so many of them came to see me afterwards to say how much they had enjoyed listening to him and watching the way in which he engaged with all of our children, from Year 3 to Year 8.  We really enjoyed having Tom visit Edgeborough again.” Edgeborough School

More on my school author visits here.  

FREE Kindle books

Tom Palmer author Danger AcademyFree kindle book for childrenFree to Kindle Unlimited Subscribers, RRP 99p.

Football Academy : Teamwork   

Foul Play : The Danger Academy      

Get the books here 

LATEST Resources

Tom Palmer Guided Reading

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.

Colouring Sheets

Colouring sheet of the great RAF planes featured in my children’s series Wings – the Sopwith Camel, Spitfire and Typhoon – to mark this year’s centenary of the RAF.  Download here.

Iron Age / Roman / Anglo Saxons / Vikings colouring sheet to accompany my Defenders series.  Download here .


Signed Books

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 card from me.  “Just to let you know that the books and card arrived safely yesterday, complete with beautiful gift wrapping. Thanks so much ” Fiona


Tom Palmer authorLATEST Awards & selections

Defenders 1: Killing Ground has been longlisted for both the 2018 Grampian Children’s Book Award and the 2018 Leicester Libraries Our Best Book Award!

“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.

Email me here for more information or use my contact form here.
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