Welcome! I have lots of great ways to kick-start your start reading, so click on the covers below to try a first chapters of any of my books or scroll down for exclusive on-line stories. Suitable for whiteboard projection for WCR (Whole Class Reading).
You can also watch free new videos every day introducing and reading from all my books on my YouTube channel here.
“Tom Palmer is a true reading hero and has been responsible for motivating many thousands of young people to get into books” Booktrust
NEW – Spitfire Fund Summer 2020
I have written a five-part free story to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with the RAF Museum (as their Children’s Writer in Residence). Download from their website here.
Click on the covers below to try a first chapters of any of my books:
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The Character Strikes Back
A five-part Foul Play short story for Years 4, 5 and 6.
“We are reading ‘The Character Strikes Back’ this week, and SO enjoying it! They love the cliffhangers each day and beg me to read on…”
“Reading Tom Palmer’s short story ‘The Character Strikes Back’ to my Y3/4 class was as delightful an experience for me as a teacher as it was for my young listeners, who truly learned the meaning of a ‘cliff-hanger’. Writhing in a delightful agony of suspense and anticipation at the end of each day, their desperation to find out what happened next informed many discussions and some marvellous predictions. Parents even called the school to find where they could buy the book their children couldn’t stop talking about!” Catherine Monaghan, Y3/4 Teacher, Middleham CE VA School
Maybe Football is Exciting – Charlotte’s Diary
“I just finished reading the Danny Harte story online (I read it all at once because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next) I really really enjoyed it!! Thanks” Sophie
Call of Duty
Read my short story Call of Duty about a famous footballer today having to go to war here. (This was written to accompany Over the Line – about a footballer volunteering to fight in the First World War. )
Read this new story The Flying Prince, written for the RAF Museum Big Draw here.
Find out more about my role as RAF Museums Children’s Writer in Residence here.
Incredible Edible Story
Read a pdf version of this special children’s story, illustrated by Juliet Breese here.
I’ve been using the World Cup to help promote literacy since 2006 (see here) with spin offs like the Rugby World Cup, Euros, with Dutch Diaries for the 2017 Women’s Football European Championships. Thanks to all the pupils and teachers for your amazing support!
Rocky of the Rovers: I was thrilled to work again with the National Literacy Trust, Rebellion and The Football Association to write a free real time story set at the Women’s Football World Cup. Readers followed the adventures of Rocky Race, her brother Roy and her football coach Ffion travelling around France to cheer on the Lionesses. Catch up on the full 2019 story here
Our previous reading activities were downloaded over 1,000,000 times and read by hundreds of thousands of pupils …
Read Foul Play:South Africa 2010 in full here.
Read Foul Play:Brazil 2014 in full here.
Read The Twickenham Trials:Rugby World Cup 2015 story in full here.
Read Foul Play 6:Rugby Six Nations 2016 in full here.
Read Over the Line:Euro 2016 in full here.
Read Dutch Diaries: Euro 2017 in full here.
Read Rocky of the Rovers set at the 2019 Women’s Football World Cup here.
“Hi My name is Lucy Bakewell, librarian at Hill West Primary School, and I have been downloading Tom’s fantastic episodic story from the Literacy Trust website. I just wanted to drop him a line to tell him how brilliantly his story is going down at our school. Every morning I have children, particularly the boys, running up to me to check that I have downloaded and printed out the latest chapter of the story. The feedback from all the teachers is really positive, they tell me that it has really captured the boys imaginations and is encouraging them to read too!Please pass on my comments, congratulations and continued success.” Lucy Bakewell, SLA School Librarian of the Year
“The best time I remember from my primary school was when our teacher read the Foul Play World Cup Mystery out to us. I’ll never forget us all listening together every morning and worrying about what would happen to Danny if England won!” Kylie
These new chapter stories are here in full for you to enjoy:
Read my special Squad story Black and White Op written to celebrate the launch of The Squad series for Newcastle Libraries here.
Commissioned by the British Council and Reading Agency’s ‘Chatterbooks’ project. With classroom resources. Read and listen to the story here.
More Literacy resources for all my other books are here.