Premier League Reading Stars

Premier League Reading Stars

“Good luck to all the pupils, teachers and librarians taking part in this year’s Premier League Reading Stars.  I hope your school or library enjoy the tactics book and the classroom read story, The Danger Academy.  

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 fourteen children’s football novels for Puffin Books. 

NEW Classroom Reads

I am writing a NEW Classroom Reads for the National Literacy Trust starting 3 July 2017 (see here).

Dutch Diaries is a mini-story that will follow the Lionesses at the Women’s Euros .  The Literacy with the Lionesses toolkit is available to download now from here.

More free stories here.


Ten chances PLRS would have given me

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

It features an online quiz based on top footballers reading from their favourite books and other resources to encourage reading.

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


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


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.


“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 


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



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.

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

Read Danger Academy, Danny Harte’s latest investigation in eight five minute reads here.

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

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