Welcome! I hope this website will help readers, parents, teachers and librarians find out more about me and my children’s books. And you can subscribe to my termly e-newsletter here or email to ask me something particular here or use my contact form here.
“Tom Palmer is a true reading hero and has been responsible for motivating many thousands of young people to get into books” Booktrust
I am the author of sixty children’s books. 16 books for Barrington Stoke including 6 award-winning historical fiction titles and three Puffin football series, Football Academy, Foul Play and The Squad. Foul Play was short listed for the 2009 Blue Peter Book Award. “An excellent fast-paced detective novel” The Times. More awards here.
“Tom Palmer is definitely in the premier league of children’s authors with an impressive back catalogue of soccer stories.” Mumsnet
What’s on offer this term, Spring 2024
- NEW Rocky Race series
- NEW Football Ultimate Heroes
- March 2024 World Book Day
- Spring Term Author visits
- May 2024 Angel of Grasmere NEW historical fiction preview
- May 2024 new audio books
More here Spring 2024 Highlights
March 2024 World Book Day
I am planning on recording a World Book Day film – watch this space.
Dress up ideas for all my books here https://tompalmer.co.uk/world-book-day/
And lots more free resources here
I will have a new children’s historical fiction out in May set in the English Lakes in the Second World War.
- Sign up for a reminder to get an advance chapter and for more here tompalmer.co.uk/new-writing/
- More about researching and writing Angel of Grasmere here
Signed and dedicated copies personalised to order from Sam Read Books, Grasmere here. www.samreadbooks.co.uk/product/AngelGrasmere/12997
Meet me 2024 – In Person Events
Thursday 30 May 2024 11-3pm Imperial War Museum North
Friday 31 May 2024 11-3pm Imperial War Museum London
NEW: Football’s Greatest Moments
My first Ultimate Football Heroes book, Football’s Greatest Moments.
Will you agree or disagree with what I think are the 100 most important moments in the history of the game?
OUT NOW from Amazon here.
More about Football’s Greatest Moments and read what is my first of 100 greatest moments here.
LATEST HISTORICAL FICTION
RESIST:One Girl’s Fight Against the Nazis
Resist shines a light on the incredible work of the WWll Dutch resistance, in a story inspired by the childhood of Hollywood legend Audrey Hepburn.
Winner of the 2023 Historical Association Young Quills award, the North East Book Award 2023, the Berkshire Book Award 2023 and the Cheshire Schools’ Book Award 2023.
Signed and dedicated copies are still available personalised to order from my local independent children’s bookshop “The Thoughtful Spot” here.
More about Resist here.
AVAILABILITY : Virtual & In Person Author Visits
I am delighted to be still going into schools this term for in-person author visits and have availability from Spring 2024. More here.
“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
And discover the choice of bespoke virtual workshops learning options I am still offering to schools here.
- virtual visits
- my Football Reading Game
- my Rugby Reading Game
- talks about Fair Trade
- a focus on Historical Fiction
- writing workshops
- careers talks
“The work of this author is making a valuable contribution to improving pupils’ writing.”Ofsted
“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
“Every single child in the hall, of all ages and stages, absolutely loved what he said and did and I had teachers staying voluntarily (when they had free time, reports to write and other things to do!) and so many of them came to see me afterwards to say how much they had enjoyed listening to him and watching the way in which he engaged with all of our children, from Year 3 to Year 8. We really enjoyed having Tom visit Edgeborough again.” Edgeborough School
More about my school author visits here.
My latest children’s book Resist has just won the 2023 Historical Association Young Quills award, the North East Book Award 2023, the Berkshire Book Award 2023 and the Cheshire Schools’ Book Award 2023 and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Thank you readers!
I was thrilled to have been awarded the Ruth Rendell Award for Services to Literacy by the National Literacy Trust in association with the ALCS.
More awards news here
Find out more what I am writing about now here
Signed and dedicated copies of all my books are available personalised to order from my local independent children’s bookshop “The Thoughtful Spot” here.
With an extra special Christmas or birthday card from me on request!
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