I hope my book “After the War – from Auschwitz to Ambleside” and these virtual and streamable resources will help schools, libraries and families mark Holocaust Memorial Day – Wednesday, 27 January 2021.
The FREE resources will include a multi-part story to read in school during the week of 27th January 2021 with the National Literacy Trust
To get a reminder of when these and more resources are available please sign up here:
As more plans are developed for marking Holocaust Memorial Day 2022 we will add them on to this webpage here.
Last year, I was very proud to work with the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, UCL Centre for Holocaust Education and the National Literacy Trust to produce a range of resources for schools – see here.
“After the War” is suitable as a class read for children in Y6 and above, although many children in Y5 will be able to deal with its tough subject matter. More here.
Get the Book : available from your local or school library, your local bookshop, Waterstones, Amazon or support indie bookshops through Bookshop.org here.
Holocaust Memorial Day is the international day on 27 January to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi Persecution and in genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. More here.
Be the light in the darkness Holocaust Memorial Day 2021
‘We will continue to do our bit for as long as we can, secure in the knowledge that others will continue to light a candle long after us.’
Gena Turgel, survivor of the Holocaust (1923-2018)
For the past few years I have asked teachers, TAs and librarians if they would be kind enough to nominate a child they think would benefit from the gift of a book for Christmas. My family and I would like to do the same for Christmas 2021.
Our idea is to work with schools and libraries to help us gift books to fifty children who have had a difficult year at school or home in the hope that a book would be a boost for them; to children who do not have any books at home; or to children for who one special book might help engage them with a lifetime of reading for pleasure.
Each book will be personally dedicated, signed, gift-wrapped and will come with a Christmas card from me. Those nominating can choose from any of my books for children.
The Christmas card will have this year’s illustration by the wonderful Yorkshire artist James Innerdale.
If you’d like to nominate a child, please email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday 21st November2021:
the child’s name (this will not be published and will be kept in full confidence)
a short paragraph explaining why you are nominating that child (this will not be published and will be kept in full confidence)
This year’s Remembrance Sunday will be marked on 14th November, with Remembrance Day three days earlier on Thursday 11th November 2021.
To help schools mark the occasion and link it to developing literacy in the classroom, I am offering a range of FREE resources for schools to use throughout the week, based around my books.
I will be filming a new pre-recorded twenty-minute assembly aimed at KS2 and KS3 for use in the hall or for schools to stream throughout classrooms, where I will talk about the real First and Second World War soldiers, airmen and women and sailors that have inspired the characters in my books. This will be available from 1st November on a link that will be provided here.
ReadHis Name is Ben – a short story for children by Tom Palmer illustrated by James Innerdale – about Sir Ben Helfgott, one of The Boys who came to Loughton and went on to become an Olympic weightlifter.
Tom Palmer is the author of “After the War – from Auschwitz to Ambleside” about the 300 Windermere Children, who came from Auschwitz to Ambleside over 75 years ago. More here.
Find out more about what happened next to the Holocaust Survivors at a new Epping Forest District Museum exhibition here .
“After the War”, published by Barrington Stoke was researched with the Lake District Holocaust Project and written with Grasmere school. It’s about the three hundred child concentration camp survivors who came to the Lake District nearly 75 years ago (who were known as the Windermere Boys). More here.
“It is a story from the past, told in the present, with lessons for us all for the future.” Trevor Avery
“A powerful and moving novel, following meticulous research and with the support of the Lake District Holocaust Project” Jewish News
EURO 2020: A Ghost Story is brought to you by the FA and National Literacy Trust from June 11th and July 7th 2021.
Published in 12 chapters, it is written the night before the morning of publication and is influenced by the events on the pitch as well as off the pitch at host venues.
School classrooms will be able to vote on storylines at least two times. It is aimed at Y4 to Y7, but could work for some Y3 and Y8 groups.
The basic idea for the story is that my Roy of the Rovers characters – brother and sister, Roy and Rocky Race – go to watch games across Europe. With Covid restrictions in place, they will ‘travel’ with the help of a friendly footballing ghost.
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