Premier League Primary Stars

Premier League Reading Stars

“Good luck to all the pupils, teachers and librarians taking part in this year’s Premier League Primary Stars.”    

I wish I could have taken part in something like this when I was young.  I wasn’t a keen reader, but thankfully my mum used my love of football to get me into reading.  I’m now the author of forty children’s novels for Puffin Book and Barrington Stoke books. 

“Tom Palmer is a kind of missionary sent by the Premier League.” Daily Mirror

NEW Diary of a football detective

FREE Follow 14-year-old football detective Danny Harte’s weekly adventures throughout the 2017-2018 football season with the National Literacy Trust here.

#allreadingmatters

“I just finished reading the Danny Harte story online (I read it all at once because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next) I really really enjoyed it!! Thanks” Sophie

 

Ten chances PLRS would have given me

I am a proud supporter of the National Literacy Trust’s Premier League Primary Stars scheme.

Read my short article about how I think Premier League Primary Stars would have changed my life here.

Learn more about this fantastic scheme from the National Literacy Trust that uses the power of football to promote reading for pleasure here.

FREE Reads

“The best time I remember from my primary school was when our teacher read the Foul Play World Cup Mystery out to us. I’ll never forget us all listening together every morning and worrying about what would happen to Danny if England won!” Kylie

The Scout

Read here a Year 3-4 short story about how Ronan and Connor from the Football Academy series came to join Premier League United.

Find out more about the National Literacy Trust.


The Character Strikes Back

Read here  a five-part Foul Play short story for Years 4, 5 and 6.

“We are reading ‘The Character Strikes Back’ this week, and SO enjoying it! They love the cliffhangers each day and beg me to read on…”

“Reading Tom Palmer’s short story ‘The Character Strikes Back’ to my Y3/4 class was as delightful an experience for me as a teacher as it was for my young listeners, who truly learned the meaning of a ‘cliff-hanger’. Writhing in a delightful agony of suspense and anticipation at the end of each day, their desperation to find out what happened next informed many discussions and some marvellous predictions. Parents even called the school to find where they could buy the book their children couldn’t stop talking about!” Catherine Monaghan, Y3/4 Teacher, Middleham CE VA School


Maybe Football is Exciting – Charlotte’s Diary

Read here  a Year 6,7 and 8 short Foul Play story written for the National Literacy Trust.

“I just finished reading the Danny Harte story online (I read it all at once because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next) I really really enjoyed it!! Thanks” Sophie

Videos

Nathan Dyer
Nathan Dyer

Try the Premier League Reading Star Foul Play challenge with Swansea City’s Nathan Dyer here.

Watch Liverpool FC player Adam Lallana talk about reading Over the Line for Premier League Reading Stars here.

 

Resources

Download hereLallanaa player profile poster of England team’s Adam Lallana who recommends Over the Line.   

Find out which is your favourite footballer’s top book here.

 

 

News

I recently hosted my Football Reading Game for Premier League Reading Star schools at Arsenal Football Club with Theo Walcott and  Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall.

“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 In The Community 

 

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