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 know something particular email me here or use my contact form here.

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

The One ShowFoul 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


Tom Palmer author Defenders SeriesNEW series : Defenders

My new KS2 history series, the Defenders trilogu features 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. Published by Barrington Stoke.

Great way into KS2 history :
1 : Killing Ground (Vikings and Anglo Saxons) 
2 : Dark Arena (Roman Britain) 
3 : Pitch Invasion (Iron Age Celts)

Read Chapter 1 of Killing Ground here. 
Buy the books here.

More about all my books for children here.


NEW Live Story

I will be writing a 2018 World Cup live story for schools with the National Literacy Trust.   Please let us know if you would like the first chapter in advance and a reminder when it starts by emailing “World Cup Reminder”  to  admin@tompalmer.co.uk . More here

Author Visits

Tom Palmer author visitI am available to visit schools, libraries and festivals from November 2018 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

More on my school author visits here.  

NEW 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      

Buy the books here 

NEW 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 authorNEW 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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