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.
“D-Day Dog is 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
“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
“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
Remembrance Day 2023
More information here
1 Posters – click on the images below:
2 Resist Resources
Chapter 1 here
Cover prediction worksheet here
Resist Playscript here
Settings Map worksheet here
Resist Colouring here
Resist Oranjekrant newsletter (the sort of letter young Edda delivered) includes an original recipe for Nettle Soup from the “Hunger Winter” of 1944-45 here
3 D-Day Dog 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
Find out more about D-Day Dog here
4.1 Videos – Watch my video introducing Spitfire
4.2 Spitfire Blogs
Read my blogs about writing and researching Spitfire
for the RAF Museum, Cosford here.
Find out more about Spitfire here
5 Arctic Star Resources
Christmas Blackout Poem Challenge here
Includes a how to guide, suggested extracts featuring the King’s speech on Christmas Day, examples and a signed certificate.
Cover prediction worksheets here
Colouring here . Use your imagination to draw and colour the planes in the sky and submarines in the sea below during the Battle of the North Cape or what young naval recruits can see on their lookout.
Book Trailer here
Blackout Poem Challenge here.
with an optional signed certificate if used to mark Armed Forces Day Saturday 26 June 2021.
6 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:
Book trailer here
6.1 Films of the settings about research and writing After the War
6.2 Holocaust Memorial Day
I have worked with multiple partners, producing a range of resources for schools to mark Holocaust Memorial Day for several years, including some incredible recordings with Holocaust survivors which are still available to watch.
For Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 resources please click here.
For Holocaust Memorial Day 2022 resources please click here.
For Holocaust Memorial Day 2023 plans please sign up on the contact form here.
Check out our gallery of school responses to After the War here.
Find out more about After the War here
Signed and dedicated copies are available personalised to order from my local independent children’s bookshop “The Thoughtful Spot” here.
Schools bumper book pack and class set offers here.