One of the best bits about being a children’s author is visiting schools.
It’s fun. I learn a lot about what children like to read. And I do my best to encourage children to write with confidence and read for pleasure.
For a few years I’ve been performing my Football Reading Game (and a rugby version too), as well as classroom chats and writing workshops. They go down pretty well. You can read about them here.
The National Literacy Trust called my events ‘guerrilla reading motivation at its finest.’
With my new Defenders series out this year I have something new to offer alongside my football events.
I am going to be offering writing workshops related to KS2 history. I’ll be bringing in replica artefacts related to the Iron Age, Romans, Anglo Saxons and Vikings and encouraging the children to write about history. That, as well as talking about how I research history to make sure my books are exciting but still grounded in historical fact.
As well as the history periods mentioned above, I have books that feature both WW1 and WW2. In 2018 I’ll be offering armistice centenary talks to tie in with the huge significance of 11 November that year.
I am booked up until the summer, but have several gaps for school visits in autumn 2017 and into 2018. I go anywhere in the UK. Or abroad, if asked.
In 2018 I’ll be doing lots of work around the World Cup, alongside a huge project about football reading I’ll be fronting for the National Literacy Trust.
Tom Palmer is a champion for reluctant readers and works tirelessly to attract children – and particularly boys – to pick up a book – Marilyn Brocklehurst, Norfolk Children’s Book Centre
What a fantastic day! Tom informed and entertained the pupils in equal measure with his interactive assemblies. The children were inspired by his stories and motivated to follow in his footsteps-a MUST for every primary school! – Neil Homer, Primary School Teacher and Education Project Leader, Shrewsbury Town FC
You can find out more, talk things through or book me by emailing me via info @ tompalmer . co . uk
Thanks for reading.