Leeds SLS


14th to 18th October 2019

Celebrate the Leeds United centenary at your school this autumn with Leeds Schools’ Library Service and children’s author Tom Palmer.

Tom will write a five-part story featuring children today discovering their local history through their local team, Leeds United. The chapters will be published here each morning and Tom will be visiting two schools a day to read that day’s chapter and to host his famous Football Reading Game.

Tom got into reading through his love of Leeds United, following  them in newspapers, magazines and books. Now Tom would like to use the centenary to promote his love of reading – and the club – to the next generation of local fans ahead of the club’s second 100 years.

The story will be free online to all Leeds schools every morning.  For more information please contact kirsty.fenn@leeds.gov.uk

Previous Leeds SLS Projects :

In 2017, Tom wrote the History Children story with pupils from schools across Leeds:

Chapter 1 with Bramley St Peter’s  Chapter 2 with Allerton CE
Chapter 3 with Wykebeck
Chapter 4 with Whitkirk Primary   
Chapter 5 with St Bartholomew’s
Chapter 6 with Rothwell Victoria
Chapter 7 with Horsforth Featherbank
Chapter 8 with Holy Rosary & St Anne’s
Chapter 9 with Fountain Primary School, Morley

Read  Chapters 1-9  Thanks for following “The History Children”!


In 2016 Leeds School Library service presented ‘Loidis Ledes  Leeds’, an exciting 5 part ghost story written by Tom Palmer especially for you.

Bringinloidisg the history of Leeds to life as part of their Reading for Pleasure offer.  

Follow the adventures of three pupils across Leeds  …  across time

Iron Age     Romans     Anglo Saxons     Vikings     Now


sls certificateYou can read the whole story in full here.  Download your certificate here.

“We have read the first four chapters and it’s really, really good. Some of our class have even tried to write the next chapters because we can’t wait!” New Bewerley Community School


Screenshot (207)Story Writing Competition 

Tom has judged all the wonderful entries to the Leeds SLS writing competition.  He wants all the children who took part to know that it was really, really hard choosing a winner.

As a result and to say thank you, he will be giving a signed copy of one of his books to the following  fantastic runners up:

Isabelle, Carlton Primary
Joe, Horsforth Newlaithes
Harriet, Thorner Primary
Emre, Moortown Primary

Second place went to Ben from Chapel Allerton Primary.  Tom will visit Ben’s school soon, where he will read out Ben’s story.  Well done Ben!

And the winner is Max from Alwoodley Primary.  Tom will also visit Max’s school in July.  Congratulations Max!

Here – as promised – is a video of Tom reading Max’s story.  He hopes he did it justice.

Everyone at Leeds School Library Service and Tom say thank you very, very much to all the schools and children for entering.

Thank you Pioneers class at Thackley Primary School for your fantastic feedback!

loidisJack said:“I love this story it’s brilliant!”

Freya said: “I like the way you have mixed together a spooky story with historical facts.”

Carter said: “I really enjoyed finding out about real information facts about Leeds.”

Emily said: “I liked listening out for the places that came up in the story that I have visited in Leeds.”


Watch Tom reading aloud  Chapter 1 here.

Watch Tom reading aloud  Chapter 2 here.

Watch Tom reading aloud  Chapter 3 here.

Watch Tom reading aloud  Chapter 4 here.

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Watch Tom reading aloud  Chapter 5 here.


leeds story logoLoidis  Ledes  Leeds is a Classroom Read suitable for pupils in years 4,  5 and 6.  More details here.

Follow the adventures of three pupils across Leeds  …  across time

Iron Age     Romans     Anglo Saxons     Vikings     Now

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Tom researching around Leeds








Tour de Yorkshire

Opening Otley All Saints Library as part of Tour de Yorkshire

For more information, email Pauline.thresh@leeds.gov.uk

For more information about Leeds Schools Library Service click here .

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