Scroll down for FREE powerpoints and photocopiable resources for all my books to support schools and libraries in class and home work and encourage reading and writing for pleasure. (And use them to maximise the benefits before and after an author visit!)
“The stuff available from the your website is fantastic!” Walden School
I have worked with over 3,000 UK and international schools. I am a consultant for the National Literacy Trust and the Reading Agency. I promote Reader Development for the British Council in Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Russia, Australia, Egypt and S Korea
“Guerilla reading motivation at its finest” Jim, National Literacy Trust
Holocaust Memorial Day 27 January 2021
FREE school and family-friendly activities. MORE here.
Order here a free poster pack with signed personalised materials for your school or library.
Download online exclusive high resolution poster PDFs to print out for your school or library from here.
“I received the pack that you sent me today. Thank you very much. The books look really interesting. In fact, we have already had some interest from the boys! The posters will really brighten up our displays. ” M Wyatt, Sir Graham Balfour School.
Cover prediction worksheet here
Paper dolls here
Book trailer here
Poetry Blackout challenge here
Films of the settings about research and writing After the War to come
A quick introduction to me and my books. Download here.
First chapters, classroom reads and extra stories to download from here.
I have certificates I can sign for you to present to pupils reading all my Football Academy, Foul Play, The Squad, Wings, Defenders or Rugby Academy series.
“Our boys so love the certificates, we all do. I have put them on the achievement board until the holidays when they can take them home to motivate others to aim for a certificate for themselves.. You cannot beat one which is signed by a real author!” Girvan Academy
First World War – Armistice Runner Resources
The Armistice Runner Challenge – a running and memory activity for schools Guidelines & certificate
Literacy & Dementia
Literacy & Sport
Literacy & History
Draw a landscape to colour in for the Armistice Runner characters here: Lily (running today) and Ernest (a trench runner in the First World War) here.
Cover Prediction Worksheets including:
- Who, where, what, when, why etc ?
- Predictions and why
- Download here
First World War Over the Line Resources
Posters, Videos, First Chapter, A Short Story, Quiz, Playscripts and Classroom Discussion Guides and support your classwork together with a Signed Certificate here.
More First World War Literacy Resources are gathered here.
D-Day 75th Anniversary Resources :
D-Day Dog cover prediction worksheets
D-Day Dog Blackout Poem Challenge
Introduction and how to guide to create your own Blackout Poems, including suggested texts, examples and a certificate.
10 Questions about War for class discussions
Can you draw the plane Emile and his dog Glenn are parachuting out or where they might be landing?
“Tom Palmer is a true reading hero and has been responsible for motivating many thousands of young people to get into books” Booktrust
Colouring sheet of the great RAF planes featured in my children’s series Wings – the Sopwith Camel, Spitfire and Typhoon – to mark this year’s centenary of the RAF. Download here.
Iron Age / Roman / Anglo Saxons / Vikings colouring sheet to accompany my Defenders series. Download here .
Secret FC colouring Download here
Football Academy colouring Download here
Gus the Famous Football Cat colouring sheet download here
Lily (running today) download here.
Ernest (a trench runner in the First World War) download here.
A picture of Roy of the Rovers for you to colour in and design a new football kit for Melchester Rovers here.
Anglo Saxon/Viking history quiz based on Defenders: Killing Ground here
Roman Britain history quiz based on Defenders: Dark Arena here
Iron Age history quiz based on Defenders: Pitch Invasion here
“The school was busy last autumn incorporating Accelerated Reader into the Library and English department. It is going really well. Reading figures have trebled in one term and you will be pleased to know that you are top of the favourite author and titles lists.” Northwood Prep
A simple way for pupils to learn more about my books and writing by navigating around my website and taking this accessible quiz with teacher’s answers. Photocopiable.
Reading Quizzes for my books
- short passages
- six reading comprehension quiz questions
- video links with author reading
More info and download from here.
“The video comprehension is a brilliant idea especially with so few male reading role models in primary schools. ” Julie Anderson, Castor CE Primary School
Use my NEW Rugby Academy free accompanying resources to promote reading for pleasure during the forthcoming Rugby World Cup. Posters, literacy pack, etc.
More rugby resources here.
Football Readers Pack to accompany the Football Academy series.
Includes six posters with new ideas to encourage reluctant readers to read for pleasure, featuring real reading boys from across Britain, Ireland and Australia.
“WOW! It’s brilliant. Our boys will love it” Librarian, QEGS
“I think pupils in the academy will definitely love it “ Librarian, Oldknow Academy
Flyboy Pack – Guided Reading for the classroom, library or at home.
- Introductory Reading Quiz
- Small Group Guided Reading
- Small Group Guided Reading
- Reading Group Questions
- Reading At Home – Questions for parents to ask whilst reading with your child
Download your pack here
Ghost Stadium pack to accompany Ghost Stadium
- reading comprehension
- class writing activity
- wordsearch & answers
- an author interview with Tom Palmer
- printable first chapter of Ghost Stadium
Extended reading comprehension to accompany Football Academy : Boys United
Devised for the Blue Bottles Reading Group, Glasgow Academy Dairsie by Mrs Ali MacLeod (P3) May 2015. Thank you very much for sharing it with us here.
More Football Academy literacy resources here.
The Squad : Spy Pack a writing pack to accompany the Squad Series. Includes:
- MISSION 1 : SET UP YOUR SPY RING ( forming a writing group for those who don’t want to be in one)
- MISSION 2 : CREATING A SPY COVER STORY
- MISSION 3 : BUGGING (or, writing interesting dialogue in fiction)
- MISSION 4 : MIND READING FOR SPIES ( how to describe characters to help tell a story)
- MISSION 5 : GARBOLOGY (creating an effective setting by listing the contents of your teacher’s bin)
- MISSION 6 : INTERPRETING SURVEILLANCE PHOTOS (how to piece together an interesting narrative structure)
- FINAL MISSION : THE SPY CHALLENGE; Four real spying missions undertaken by Tom Palmer; Spy phrases you need to know
“Thank you for all the work you put in to the pack. Loads of great ideas” Ruth Shallcross
Reading & Writing Pack to accompany The Squad
- Tom Palmer interview
- Poland : The setting for Black Op
- Norway : The setting for White Fear
- School And Library Football Reading ACTIVITIES
- Top Ten Tips for Families to use Sport to encourage reading at home
- Reading Comprehensions
- School and library DISPLAY IDEAS
- Football shaped Book Review
- Discussion Topics
- Write Your Own Squad story
- Design Your Own Squad Book Cover
“Danny Harte is the Football Detective” a Reading for Pleasure pack to accompany the Foul Play series.
- Anton Holt Interviews Tom Palmer
- Foul Play Discussion Topics
- Foul Play stories
- My Own Foul Play Story
- My Foul Play drawing
- Book Reviews
Foul Play 2 : Dead Ball resource
Foul Play 3 : Offside : Fair Play Pack
- Fair Trade
Writer’s Pack to accompany Foul Play 5: Own Goal
- Creating Characters
- Blurb and Film Trailers
“The Own Goal resource is fabulous. Thank you very much for that. We are reading Own Goal as a class reader and the boys love it.” University College School
Setting a story in Leeds to accompany Foul Play series
Download here a handy guide to the real places that inspired scenes in Foul Play with ideas for class discussions.
More Foul Play literacy resources here.
Football Academy & Foul Play Series Reading Challenge
Email me for more information or to order your pupils’ signed certificates here.
- About Tom
- Prediction game
- Premier League wordsearch
- Fun quiz
- My Own Foul Play story
- Draw Danny Harte
- Foul Play and Football Academy discussion topics
- Book Reviews
- Further reading
The Mystery of the Stolen FA Cup Medal
Commissioned by the British Council and Reading Agency’s ‘Chatterbooks’ project. With classroom resources.
Read and listen to the story here.
The World Cup activities and story that I developed for the National Literacy Trust were a great success, with thousands of schools using the materials. Thank you! So, we have developed a new pack of stories & activities to be used at any time in the school year.
Find out more about the National Literacy Trust.
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. )
“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
“Hoping to use a selection of your ideas, in our Central Library when Le Tour de France comes through Cambridge.” Community Librarian