4 March 2021
I am delighted to be working with Anne Frank Trust on this World Book Day event exclusively for primary school students in the UK.
More information and book here.
You are invited to join Mirla G. Raz and Tom Palmer on Thursday 13 January to talk about his new children’s book “After the War-from Auschwitz to Ambleside”.
3 pm MST US and 10 pm GMT.
“A powerful and moving novel, following meticulous research and with the support of the Lake District Holocaust Project” Jewish News
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. (Win a class set competition has ended, see below).
The FREE resources include :
The five-part read aloud story will be set in the present day about the visit of a Holocaust survivor to a UK school and how the children prepare and reflect on the experience. The survivor will be Yossi, one of the main characters from “After the War”, 75 years on from his liberation, age 91. The story will be from the point of view of the pupils and will be aimed at Y5 to Y8. It is not essential to have read “After the War” beforehand (but you can read Chapter 1 of the book for free here https://www.tompalmer.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/After-the-War_chapter-sample.pdf . There is more about it here: https://tompalmer.co.uk/after-the-war/
There are many ways to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 using HMD Together, a set of resources designed to enable people to mark the day in meaningful ways with other people – even if you can’t gather together in person.
On Holocaust Memorial Day, join the nation in Lighting the Darkness. Light a candle and put it in your window at 8pm on 27 January to:
And here are some very quick extracts to share from an interview I did with the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, introducing my book After the War and about the importance of survivor testimonies.
And I have a schools’ competition to win a class set of 30 copies of After the War, kindly provided by my publisher, Barrington Stoke.
To enter the competition and have a chance to win the set of all 30 copies of After the War, please RT the competition tweet @tompalmerauthor and make sure you are subscribed to my termly books and resources newsletter. (Existing subscribers just need to retweet). New subscribers need to sign up below. The deadline is for the competition is January 13th 2021 .
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“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)
30 November 6-7.30 pm
I am excited to be taking part in a special online event hosted by the British Association for Holocaust Studies with Trevor Avery of Lake District Holocaust Project and Helen McCord of the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education.
More events here
More about After the War here
Join me and Sufiya Ahmed on 4 November talking about about bravery, the importance of history and the true stories told in our Second World War books. Save your spot on Crowdcast here.
More events here
Buy After the War here
Schools bumper book pack and class set offers here.
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This terms news is all about my new resources and my new children’s book “After the War : from Auschwitz to Ambleside.” Read Chapter 1 NOW.
“The best children’s fiction book I’ve yet read about the Holocaust. After The War manages to be vividly engaging both as history education and as a human story – eye-opening, exciting, hugely touching. Beautifully structured and written it may be aimed at 9-14 year-olds, but no-one should miss it” CEO Anne Frank Trust UK
And I’ve been working on a range of FREE resources that schools and families can access virtually. I hope you find some of them useful.
With very best wishes
Tom Palmer is the author of 50 KS2 and KS3 books for children including three Puffin series. Foul Play was shortlisted for the 2009 Blue Peter Book Award. Armistice Runner has recently won 6 prizes including the national FCBG Children’s Book Award 2019 and was nominated for THE CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL and 16 other UK prizes. D-Day Dog about the D-Day paratrooper Emile Corteil and his dog Glen, has been listed for 13 UK prizes and has won the Portsmouth Year 5 Book of the Year Award, the James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award and the Warwickshire Junior Book of the Year Award.
Tom is the recipient of the 2019 Ruth Rendell Award for Services to Literacy by the National Literacy Trust.
For the past few years I have asked teachers and librarians to nominate children they think would benefit from the gift of a book for Christmas. My family and I would like to do the same for Christmas 2020.
Our idea is to work with teachers and librarians to help us gift books to children who do not have any books at home; to children who need that one special book that could help engage them with a lifetime of reading for pleasure; or, to children who have had a difficult year at school or home and a book would be a boost for them. Sadly, there will many such children this year.
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 James Innerdale.
If you’d like to nominate a child, please email the following information to email@example.com by Friday 27th November 2020:
I am sorry, we cannot promise to send a book to every child nominated. I 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 have the books dispatched to schools in the first week of December 2020.
(For more information about special offer schools book packs, FREE signed bookplates and signed books to purchase as gifts see here. )
This year’s Remembrance Sunday will be marked on 8th November, with Remembrance Day following on Wednesday 11th November.
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 Over the Line, D-Day Dog, Armistice Runner and the Wings RAF series.
There is a 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. Available now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CcdFsd5qkc&t=22s
There will be also be a live online FACEBOOK Q&A session on the afternoon of 11th November 1.30-2.30 p.m. from here : https://www.facebook.com/tompalmerauthor/ You can submit questions for me to answer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org up until 10th November or on the day.
All my other FREE WW1 and WW2 literacy resources are available from here:
and they include :
Rosemary Hill Books is offering a special rate for schools to purchase multiples of these books:
You can contact Rosemary direct at email@example.com.
For additional information and for reminder emails with links to the free online events please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
I wish my mum was alive to see this.
Monday will be my first day as Leeds United Children’s Writer in Residence. I’ve been taken on by the Premier League club to work with their education department and Leeds schools to promote reading for pleasure through football.
I write books and promote literacy because of my mum, but, as a kid, I struggled with reading. My mum, who was a teacher, used the only thing I was properly interested in to engage me with reading.
She had me reading matchday programmes in the South Stand, the Yorkshire Evening Post every day and magazines like Shoot and Match each week.
Sadly, she died when I was in my early twenties. But she left a great legacy. I am a reader because of her. I am a writer because of her. I am Leeds United Children’s Writer in Residence because of her.
So, when I got the call from Mat at Leeds United Education to tell me the name of the first school that we’re going into I didn’t see it coming.
‘Where shall I meet you?’ I asked him.
‘Seacroft Grange Primary School,’ he told me.
I went quiet.
‘Is that okay?’ Mat asked.
‘Yeah,’ I said. ‘That’s where my mum was a teacher.’