When I visit schools, libraries and festivals, I am usually asked to do my Football Reading Game or my Rugby Reading Game.
“The work of this author is making a valuable contribution to improving pupils’ writing.” Ofsted
I can also provide Fairtrade Fortnight school visits to talk about fair trade, reading, writing and football, more here.
I am happy to work with two schools in one day if you have a school nearby that we could work with, meaning you could share the costs of travel & fees.
These activities successfully engage the children in a positive conversation about reading and writing.
“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
Jim Sells of the National Literacy Trust calls my Football Reading Game ‘guerilla reader development at its finest.’ I am a validated provider of author visits for the Children’s University.
“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
- Hamstel Junior School
- St Peter’s, York
- Lipson Co-operative Academy
- SHAPE IS School – Canadian Section (Belgium)
- St Peter’s Catholic School
- Altrincham Prep
- schools with Erewash Schools partnership
- The King’s School, Chester
- my blog about meeting Joshua at Humberstone Juniors
- my blog about reluctant readers at a Port Talbot school
- Lancaster Royal Grammar School
- Barnard Castle School
- Kirkburton Middle School
- St Matthew’s Primary
“Thank you very much for coming yesterday and engaging the children so thoroughly. It was great to see the children so involved, thinking about books and reading whilst also having so much fun!” Berkhamsted Prep School
A school visit is a great way to get some good local publicity for example : Insidetameside.com.
“The children absolutely loved your visit – I’ve had so much positive feedback from children, parents and staff! It was a huge success and definitely promoted both reading for pleasure and inspired writing.” Carlton Primary School
I bring a soft ball and an inflatable goal, unless you have one already. I also can bring books for sale and signing, but it is always easier to work with your preferred local bookshop/supplier.
When a booking has been confirmed, we will send you a schools pack – with activities, sample chapters and posters to support your class work.
“Tom made a great impression on the children (and the teachers!) One of our children may be inspired to follow in your footsteps and become a writer – it is great that they now have something to aspire to and it was lovely to meet you in person.” Freckleton Church of England Primary School
“This morning the boys were saying how much they enjoyed your talks and many members of staff have stopped me to say how the boys have already been talking to them about your visit – this was before school had even begun! Some of the boys present yesterday would not normally be regular library users or read regularly and I believe that they will now be inspired to begin reading, which we both know opens up doors both personally and educationally. I also believe that your message to the boys to follow their dream to become a writer (or football player/Band musician/artist/Doctor etc) is a very important message – there is so much talent in the Lancaster School that encouraging our boys to aim high is very important.” Librarian, The Lancaster School
“I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU for all your hard work yesterday, I have had very positive feedback from the staff today and the children have been telling me how much they loved your visit and how much they are enjoying reading your books. The pupils who took part in the workshop were absolutely thrilled to see their names at the bottom of the latest chapter of your live story, it has really boosted their confidence. There has been a real buzz around the school, which is great to see.” Orchard Junior
“The children were all engaged in the session. Tom was really relaxed with them and spoke to them in friendly and supportive manner. The children are still talking about his books and which they have read and which they want to read next. It was a very worthwhile event. A bonus was that it allowed me as a teacher to find out a lot about the reading habits of the children through his question and answer session!” Swillington Primary School
“We loved your talk this morning! We think you are very lucky to be an author! We are hoping to buy some of your books for our classroom. We enjoyed the quiz and the rugby game! It made us feel as if we wanted to get straight on with reading one of your books! Thank you so much for coming!” All the children in 2gg, Kingshott School
“Tom Palmer is an inspiring author for any child (or adult!) to meet. Passionate about turning children on to reading, his ‘Football Academy’ stories for 7-9 year olds provide accessible, engaging stories dealing with age-relevant issues – great for classroom discussion and PSHE. We loved his ‘Penalty Shoot-out’ football quiz – an author talk with a difference! Meeting the author in the flesh after reading his stories and skyping our questions and queries was memorable and exhilarating. A very worth-while experience for all involved!” Catherine Monaghan, Y3/4 Teacher, Middleham CE VA School
“I really enjoyed it when you came to visit our school! The penalty shoot out was great fun! I read your book Dead Ball. I thought it was fantastic. I really like the character Danny.” Peter, 7, Bury Grammar School
“The best thing was that your visit has encouraged some of the more reluctant readers in the group – especially when you talked about how you got into reading” Yvette Gunther, Nottingham High School
“After your visit it was lovely to hear the children’s excitement …it was such a boost to their love of the written word and I cannot thank you enough “Joan Mercer, teacher Stockport Grammar School
“You were a big hit! Let’s organise a return visit!” Lucy Shepherd, Bristol Grammar School
“The Football Reading Game provides a fantastic opportunity for libraries to engage with families about reading, in an exciting and positive way. Tom’s passion for football and reading is obvious and both parents and children immediately responded to his warm sense of humour. The session illustrated just how important reading is in helping you to achieve your goals and that a love of football can easily sit alongside a love of reading. I can’t recommend the Football Reading Game highly enough.” Louise Binns, Community Children’s Librarian, Eccles Library
“I really did enjoy your visit. It was the first time I had met an author and I felt very excited. It encouraged me to write and read more. I did enjoy you telling us more about your books you wrote about – Danny and his Dad solving crimes , saving players and stopping criminals. ” Matthieu, Ridgeway School
“Many pupils enjoy communicating with and working alongside a well-known author of children’s books who is attached to the school. The work of this author is making a valuable contribution to improving pupils’ writing.” Ofsted