Second World War Literacy Resources

This is great opportunity to encourage reading and build on the national interest in the Second World War since the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War Two in 2019.

“An amazing exploration of war, both past and present, which answers difficult questions about why soldiers choose to fight and die. Stories from World War 2, the Falklands and the current conflict in Syria are woven together in this sensitive little book. ” Aidan Severs, That Boy Can Teach

Reading  D-Day Dog, Spitfire and my new book After the War and using these resources can help develop children’s understanding and encourage reading for pleasure.

“Tom is the RAF Museum’s Writer in Residence. His close relationship with the museums and his obsessive eye for detail mean that I was not at all surprised that his Wings books are both highly authentic and hugely exciting. These are Biggles books for the 21st century.” RAF Museum 

Read Chapter 1 of D-Day Dog here
Read Chapter 1 of Spitfire here
Read Chapter 1 of After the War here 

“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

Award a certificate this Remembrance Day here


1 Posters – click on the images below:

     Wings take to the skies     Spitfire     

2 After the War Resources :

READ Chapter 1 here



A book cover prediction sheet. Look at the cover of After the War and answer questions about what you think the story might be about here.


Paper dolls. Work as a family to decorate paper dolls of the children. Then put it up as bunting to  mark the 75th anniversary of their liberation here


Comprehension. Read the section of the book where the children talk about their very different experiences of VE Day, then answer some questions here.



Black Out poetry. Create your own black out poetry using a VE Day scene from After the War here.



Extra resources produced and kindly shared by Mrs Forrest, Framwellgate School, Durham: 


Student Glossary

Download here



Student workbook 

Download here



Book trailer here

Films of the settings about research and writing After the War



Check out our gallery of school responses to After the War here.

Find out more about After the War here

3 D-Day Dog Resources :

D-Day Dog cover prediction worksheets 

Download here 


D-Day Dog Blackout Poem Challenge

Introduction and how to guide to create your own Blackout Poems, including suggested texts, examples and a certificate.

Download here


10 Questions about War for class discussions

Download here





What view do you think Jack and his new puppy are looking at?

Can you draw the plane Emile and his dog Glenn are parachuting out or where they might be landing?

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“Tom Palmer is a true reading hero and has been responsible for motivating many thousands of young people to get into books” Booktrust

Find out more about D-Day Dog here

4 Spitfire

4.1 Videos  – Watch my video introducing Spitfire

spitfire illustrated4.2 Spitfire Blogs

Read my blogs about writing and researching Spitfire

for the RAF Museum, Cosford here.


Find out more about Spitfire here

NEW writing 2021

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Buy After the War here

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