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British children's author of fiction featuring sport & history. Dad. Husband. Fell runner. LUFC. Roy of the Rovers. After the War from Auschwitz to Ambleside . @tompalmerauthor

Holocaust Memorial Day 2022

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 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)

Thank you

Tom Palmer author

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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 by Sunday 21st November 2021:

  1. the child’s name (this will not be published and will be kept in full confidence)
  2. a short paragraph explaining why you are nominating that child (this will not be published and will be kept in full confidence)
  3. your choice of book for them from one of my  books listed at
  4. your name and school address (where I will send the book)

I am sorry, we cannot promise to send a book to every child nominated. We have set an upper limit of 50. But I will send a personal Christmas card to each nominee and a poster pack for each school.

My family and I will choose the recipients and aim to have the books dispatched to schools in the first week of December 2021.

You will be under no obligation to disclose to the child why they are receiving the book or to present it to them publicly.

(For more information about special offer schools book packs, FREE signed bookplates and signed books to purchase as gifts see here. )

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Careers in Reading and Writing – film

I’ve made a FREE short introductory film about my career and how it has been based around the world of reading and writing – in bookshops, libraries, book festivals and literacy charities.

It is for classroom use in careers, English or PHSE lessons, aimed at people who might like a career in the book world.

It is available to watch or download from my advert free YouTube site here.


If you would like me to make an extended pre-recorded film for your school including or focusing on :

  • careers in writing
  • careers in reading
  • careers in publishing
  • careers in bookselling
  • careers in Libraries
  • careers in book festivals

please do get in touch below or email me here.  


Thank you.


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Remembrance Day 2021

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.

Arctic Star is my first naval story for children, having previously written books about the Army  (Over the LineArmistice Runner and The Last Try) and RAF (Flyboy, Spitfire, Typhoon and Rugby Academy). D-Day Dog is also about the reserves and the paratroopers.

All my other FREE WW1 and WW2 literacy resources are available from here:
or here:
and they include :

      • Be a Trench Runner memory challenge game for the school hall.
      • Black out poetry sheets with instructions and certificates.
      • 10 discussion points about war for Y5 to Y9.
      • Book cover prediction sheets with questions encouraging the children to think about what a book might be about.
      • Downloadable posters.
      • First chapters of all my historical fiction books.
      • Videos about the settings of my books, filmed at the Somme and on the D-Day beaches.
      • Remembrance Day 2020 Literacy Certificate
      • And much much more.


Rosemary Hill Books is offering a special rate for  schools to  purchase multiples of these books:

You can contact Rosemary direct at

For additional information and for reminder emails with links to when the film goes live please contact

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“His Name is Ben” by Tom Palmer and James Innerdale

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Read His 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 sponsored challenge

On Saturday 14 August, I will be following the route the Windermere boys made from Carlisle to Windermere raising money over 75 years ago to continue fighting  racism and  intolerance.
30 miles cycling.
10 miles canoeing.
15 miles fell running.
Over £6,000 already raised for @HolocaustLake
Thank you.
“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

Interview – the Images that Inspired my books

Interview – the Images that Inspired my books: A KS2 History and Literacy Resource with the Historian Next Door

Thanks for this recent interview.  You can check it out here


EURO 2020 – a Ghost Story

Link literacy to this year’s Euro 2020! Please scroll down to access :

  • A big thank you from Tom!
  • signed certificate for following the story
  • a free Football Reading Game
  • a free live story to read in the classroom
  • a free zoom event
  • special films about reading for Wales & Scotland fans
  • ordering a free poster pack
  • buying signed books

Thank you!

Tom– along with the Roy of the Rovers team and the National Literacy Trust – would like to say a HUGE thank you to all your teachers, librarians and other adults for bringing this story to you.

And thank you to all of you for listening to it, reading it, voting and sending kind messages.

Huge congratulations to Italy. And well done to the England for what they achieved. Especially the five who stepped up to take penalties. They are legends.

We’ve really enjoyed this journey through EURO 2020 with you and would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families and happy and healthy summer holiday.

Signed Certificate for following this year’s live story

As a thank you please click on this image or here to download a certificate for your school to commemorate following this year’s live story.


Football Reading Game free activity for your school

Watch this film in your classroom & test your knowledge in a special Euro 2020 version of my popular Football Reading Game?

COMING September 2021

The next book in the series, “Sudden Death” is out September 2021.

A new start means new challenges for Roy, Rocky, their family, and their teammates, and with their Dad’s condition getting worse, things aren’t about to get any easier both on and off the field…

Pre-order a signed and dedicated copy of Sudden Death now from my local independent bookshop here.

The series so far

1 Scouted – read Chapter 1 here
2 Teamwork – read Chapter 1 here
3 Playoffs – read Chapter 1 here
4 On Tour – read Chapter 1 here
5 From the Ashes – read Chapter 1 here
6 Rocky – read Chapter 1 here
7 Sudden Death – Out September 2021

Euro 2020 A Ghost Story 

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.


Read chapter 1 here now 

The remaining chapters will be published on the National Literacy Trust website here.

There is more on the FA website here: School Pack – UEFA EURO 2020 – Competitions | The Football Association (

And here :

Watch me reading chapter 1 below

Find out more about the Roy of the Rovers series here.

Zoom Event

Thanks everyone who took part in the FREE virtual schools zoom event with the National Literacy Trust for Euro2020 event on 11 June 2021!

Poster packs

If you would like more information, a special signed Roy of the Rover poster pack and/or a reminder about when the LIVE Euro 2020 story starts, please fill in the order form below:


A special film about football reading for Wales fans


A special film about football reading for Scotland fans

My other football books

I’ve also written …

Football Academy series
Football Academy series

My First Football Game

The Penalty

Secret FC

Football Academy series

Foul Play series

Defenders series

Wings series

Ghost Stadium

Over the Line

So check out them out for more free resources


Watch Rocky & Roy’s whistlestop tour of 5 football clubs – do they visit your team?

Buy the Books

Signed and dedicated copies available from my local independent bookshop, Book Corner Halifax here.



1 Scouted – read Chapter 1 here
2 Teamwork – read Chapter 1 here
3 Playoffs – read Chapter 1 here
4 On Tour – read Chapter 1 here
5 From the Ashes – read Chapter 1 here
6 Rocky – read Chapter 1 here
7 Sudden Death – Out September 2021

Pre-order a signed and dedicated copy of Sudden Death now from my local independent bookshop here.

Schools bumper book pack and class set offers here.

Visit my Amazon bookshop  or support your local bookshop HIVE

Thank you.

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