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 and 14 books for Barrington Stoke.   Foul Play was short listed for the 2009 Blue Peter Book Award.  An excellent fast-paced detective novel” The Times.  My children’s novel Armistice Runner is currently shortlisted for prizes including the FCBG Children’s Book Award.

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

COMING May 2019 – D-Day Dog

Jack can’t wait for the school trip to the D-Day landing beaches to learn more about the war heroes he has always admired – brave men like his dad. But when his dad is called up to action Jack questions all he believes about war. Finding comfort in his loyal dog, Finn, Jack is drawn to the heart-wrenching true story of one particular D-Day paratrooper …

Pre-order now here and more information here


NEW Roy of the Rovers

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


Roy of the Rovers schools competition with the National Literacy Trust!  Win a School Visit.  Ends 30 April 2019.  More here


JUNE 2019 World Cup Live Story

I will be working again with the National Literacy Trust to write a free real time story set at the Women’s Football World Cup as the tournament develops.  To read the first chapter in advance with a reminder when it all starts, email “Women’s World Cup Reminder” to  admin@tompalmer.co.uk.  More resources here.

“Tom Palmer is a true reading hero and has been responsible for motivating many thousands of young people to get into books” Booktrust

Awards Latest

Armistice Runner is also shortlisted for

  • the Cheshire Schools Book Award 2019
  • the Year 5 Portsmouth Book Award 2019
  • the KS3 James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award 2019
  • the Tees Valley TVED Book of the Year 2019
  • Essex SLS Junior Book Awards for 2019.

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 awards news 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 November 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.


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


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