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 (to be published in 2020) 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 (coming soon)

1 Posters – click on the images below:

     Wings take to the skies     Spitfire

2 After the War Resources :

Cover prediction worksheet here 



Paper dolls here

Book trailer here



VE Day reading comprehension here





Poetry Blackout challenge here





Films of the settings about research and writing After the War to come

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?

Download here 

“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


Buy D-Day Dog here.
Buy Spitfire here.

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